Jovian Poles

We’re used to viewing Jupiter from its equator, where bands of light and dark clouds dominate the picture. From its poles, Jupiter looks very different, as these recent images from Juno show. Jupiter’s north pole is shown on the left and its south pole on the right. Both are awash in vortices. There’s another great black-and-white image of the south pole here, where the vortices really stand out. Jupiter’s atmosphere contains both cyclones, which rotate counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere, and anticyclones, which behave in the reverse. Unlike in Earth’s atmosphere, anticyclones dominate on Jupiter, especially among storms more than 2000 km across.  (Image credit: NASA/JPL/Juno Mission; via APOD)

P.S. – Tomorrow night is the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, and I’ll be giving one of their 24/7 lectures. If you’d like to tune in and hear me describe fluid dynamics in 24 seconds + 7 words, there will be a webcast here.

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