Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’

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Jupiter [image credit: NASA] Jupiter [image credit: NASA]
Interesting electrical phenomena occurring on Jupiter. When they say things like ‘countless magnetic objects across the galaxy’ they don’t mention that magnetism derives from electricity. The solar wind itself is a stream of charged particles.

Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s intense ‘Northern Lights’ by generating a new X-ray aurora that is eight times brighter than normal and hundreds of times more energetic than Earth’s aurora borealis, finds new UCL-led research using NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory. It is the first time that Jupiter’s X-ray aurora has been studied when a giant storm from the Sun has arrived at the planet.

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