Stunning photos of Jupiter’s storm can be analyzed by citizens as part of a new science project
- A new project allows citizens to determine the makeup of Jupiter’s storms.
- Scientists have long tried to understand the “eddies” that form in the clouds of these storms.
- Jupiter is over 467 million miles from Earth and its atmosphere is made up of hydrogen and helium.
Jupiter famous for its massive, attractive storms.
Now the townspeople will be able to help scientists unravel the mysteries of the giant planet’s storms.
The project is hosted on Zooniverse and uses data from NASAThe Juno spacecraft, launched in 2011, arrived on the planet in 2016.
The effort is aimed at studying “the different types of clouds that form on Jupiter in order to better understand how the atmosphere of the largest planet in our solar system papers, ‘Ramanakumar Sankar, project leader and PhD researcher at the University of Minnesotaexplained.
Citizens can now help identify Jupiter’s storms thanks to a project hosted on Zooniverse. The Great Red Spot shown above is a large storm system on a huge planet that is over 16,000 miles in diameter, twice the diameter of the Earth.
Researchers will focus on the vortices that form in Jupiter’s clouds, as well as their origin, which has long puzzled scientists, Sankar said.
“We know very little about why the clouds in the vortices are so multicolored – is it due to the composition of the atmosphere? Or do clouds form at different heights, where pressure and temperature affect the crystal structure, resulting in different colors?
Jupiter is located more than 467 million miles from Earth, and its atmosphere is made up of hydrogen and helium.
The scientists hope to better understand these regions by creating a catalog of eddies and “matching them to the underlying physics/chemistry of where they form,” Sankar wrote in his paper. Blog Post.
“If one person is having trouble categorizing an image, it’s possible that others will have trouble too,” Sancar said. “This may indicate that we have found something new or unique that we can look into more closely.”
Earlier this month NASA came out clip of Juno flying just 2050 miles above the gas giant.
According to NASA, it was moving at about 131,000 miles per hour relative to the planet.
“If one person is having trouble categorizing an image, it’s possible that others will have trouble too,” Sancar said. “This may indicate that we have found something new or unique that we can look into more closely.” This magnificent view of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and the southern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it flew over the planet.