Exotic’ lightning crackles across Jupiter’s cloud tops

The flashes of light could form thanks to ammonia antifreeze

Jupiter clouds


Wispy, white “pop-up” clouds on Jupiter, seen in this enhanced image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft, could mark spots where ice crystals are thrown upward by raging storms below. Those ice crystals could then help form newfound lightning in Jupiter’s cloud tops.


GERALD EICHSTÄDT, SEAN DORAN, MSSS, SWRI, JPL-CALTECH/NASA (CC BY-NC-SA)

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