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The Juno mission on Jupiter shows a huge cyclone on the planet

The Juno mission on Jupiter shows a huge cyclone on the planet
The Siliconreview
16 Decemebr, 2019

NASA’s mission on Jupiter which has affectionately been named Juno after the Roman goddess has shown that there is a giant cyclone that is brewing on the surface of the planet. The planet also plays home to many other cyclones and scientists hope that this new discovery will do much in the way of offering new information about Jupiter and its atmosphere. Whilst the other cyclones are bigger, only time will tell if this new addition will grow to be as big as its brethren.

"It almost appeared like the polar cyclones were part of a private club that seemed to resist new members. Data from Juno's Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper [JIRAM] instrument indicates we went from a pentagon of cyclones surrounding one at the center to a hexagonal arrangement. This new addition is smaller in stature than its six more established cyclonic brothers: It's about the size of Texas," said Scott Bolton in a statement, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

The mission Juno by NASA will end in July, 2021 according to internal sources from the organisation. The most gigantic cyclone that has been found by the mission is almost as big as the country of USA.