Planetary-scale 'heat wave' discovered in Jupiter's atmosphere

Planetary-scale 'heat wave' discovered in Jupiter's atmosphere

Planetary-scale 'heat wave' discovered in Jupiter's atmosphere An unexpected "heat wave" of 700 degrees Celsius, extending 130,000 kilometers (10 Earth diameters) in Jupiter's atmosphere, has been discovered. James O'Donoghue, of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has presented the results this week at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2022 in Granada. Jupiter's atmosphere, famous for its characteristic multicolored vortices, is also unexpectedly hot: in fact, it is hundreds of degrees hotter than models predict. Due to its orbital distance millions …