Brilliant auroras seen on Jupiter due to solar storm

Jupiter is known for inheriting the powerful magnetic storms, but there is a single massive violent solar storm in particular that can make auroras burned eight times brighter than the normal ones under the X ray light.

Through this report, it is clear that our planet Earth is not the only planet present in the solar system having the aurora borealis also known as the Northern Lights. The auroras on the Jupiter are larger in size than the entire surface area of Earth as stated by the researchers. It turns out that Jupiter does has the phenomenon similar to our planet and the gas giant is hundreds of times more energetic as compared to what we see.

For the first time, the X-ray aurora of Jupiter is being studied and evaluated viewable due to the giant solar storm that hit the planet. The study is being conducted on taking the data that the researchers collected and made in October 2011, when a solar storm, a coronal mass ejection was on Jupiter. Through the data, the researchers were able to develop a spherical 3D image for the purpose of pinpointing the source of X-ray activity.

Coronal mass ejection is the type of eruption that releases enormous clouds full of super-hot solar plasma into space at a speed of millions of miles per hour. The study sheds some light on the relationship between the Jupiter’s magnetic field and solar wind prevailing on the planet. Northern Lights of Earth are also caused due to the interaction of solar wind with the planet’s magnetosphere.

With further investigations, the scientists may be able to get a clearer understanding of the relationship between the magnetic field of the Jupiter and the Sun due to these storms.

The study was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Space Physics.

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