NASA’s Juno spacecraft found an extraordinary thing about Jupiter. There is an extra magnetic pole near the equator of the giant planet, named by researchers who described it as “The Great Blue Spot.”
Scientists were eager to learn more about the magnetic field of the giant planet the time when juno entered reached jupiter in 2016
Juno will pass over the two poles of Jupiter, skimming at a point-blank range just 4000 km above the cloudtops.
A team of researchers led by Harvard University’s Kimberly Moore announced new findings from Juno today in the journal Nature — and they’re interesting. Jupiter has an extra magnetic pole, among the observations.
We find that Jupiter’s magnetic field is different from all other known planetary magnetic fieldsThe researchers wrote in the introduction to their paper.
The scientists find in their Nature article the chance that we will capture Jupiter in the midst of a magnetic reversal — an unsettled situation with temporary poles showing up in strange locations.
We support the theory, however, that the inner magnetic dynamo of Jupiter is simply different from that of other planets. They pose deep within Jupiter, mixing liquid metallic hydrogen with partially dissolved rock and ice to create strange electrical currents, creating an equally strange magnetic field.
When Juno continues to orbit Jupiter until 2021, there could be more hints in the offing Changes to the magnetic structure of Jupiter, for example, can indicate an ongoing reversal or, conversely, that the extra pole is stable.