Move Over, Great Red Spot: Hubble Telescope Captures Auroras In Jupiter's Atmosphere

July 1, 2016


This is a timelapse video of some aurora activity spotted in Jupiter's atmosphere by the Hubble Space Telescope. We have telescopes in space. That's pretty cool. We need more space restaurants though. TGI Friday's chicken fingers and gravy in space would be the tits. I'm a classy broad.

Not only are the auroras huge, they are also hundreds of times more energetic than auroras on Earth. And, unlike those on Earth, they never cease. Whilst on Earth the most intense auroras are caused by solar storms -- when charged particles rain down on the upper atmosphere, excite gases, and cause them to glow red, green and purple -- Jupiter has an additional source for its auroras.

The strong magnetic field of the gas giant grabs charged particles from its surroundings. This includes not only the charged particles within the solar wind but also the particles thrown into space by its orbiting moon Io, known for its numerous and large volcanos.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "How awesome it would be to BE in that aurora?" Exactly. In my mind you'd get an all-over tingling sensation. Like touching on old CRT television screen with a finger except all over your body. You ever touched one of those old screens with your tongue? That used to be one of my things when I was a kid. Also eating bugs and ranking them 1 - 10 on a chart. Rollies pollies are a low 4.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Zach, who tried to tell me auroras are actually the result of two powerful wizards casting spells at each other and the magic colliding and dissipating into the atmosphere. Now that I believe.

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