Earth has Northern Lights, and so does Jupiter, but their version could be hundreds of times more energetic than its earthly counterpart. Researchers studied Jupiter’s X-ray aurora during a solar storm, and discovered that it was 8-times brighter than normal under these conditions. Plus, its brightest spot pulsed every 26-minutes as opposed to 45-minutes, without a known reason. Continue reading for another picture, a top 10 Jupiter facts video and more information. Click here for a few bonus space images.
“Jupiter is particularly interesting because its magnetic field and magnetosphere are very different from Earth’s. For a start, Jupiter is much bigger than Earth (and every other planet combined) and its magnetic field is magnitudes stronger. It also spins faster with a full rotation every 10 hours, as opposed to 24 hours, and is affected by volcanic material from the moon Io,” reports Motherboard.