New images obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope shows the aurora borealis from the south pole of Jupiter and allow scientists to study in detail of this cosmic phenomenon similar to the Earth.
Image shows the ultraviolet light that comes and goes at intervals of 2-3 minutes. These emissions are similar to those on Earth, the planet’s north pole, informs Space.
“On Earth, the aurora borealis is influenced by the solar wind. On Jupiter, it is not so much datroeaza solar wind, but the planet’s rapid rotation and the material from its natural volcanic moon Io, says Bertrand Bonfond astronomer at the University Liege, Belgium.
The resemblance is that, and Jupiter, the aurora borealis appears at the poles of the planet. Using images provided by Hubble, Bonfond and his team achieved the best high-resolution images of the aurora borealis on Jupiter.
Study on this phenomenon appeared in the January 28, 2011 issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters.