With each passing day, Juno’s revelations about Jupiter are getting deeper and darker. An article published in the Science News magazine has detailed information about each finds the Juno mission has done so far.

This post talks about a few recent discoveries made by the spacecraft, which has been keeping an eye on the largest planet and helping the researchers to develop a 3D map of Jupiter’s internal structure –

Cyclones arranged on the Polygonal arrangement

Jupiter has always been known for its never-ending storms. Its great red spot is nothing but a storm.The red spot isn’t the only cyclone on the planet.

The north and south poles of the planet have multiple cyclones, each of which is more than a thousand miles wide. Here’s a strange fact: In the polar regions, the storms are arranged in a polygonal arrangement. What’s more strange is, this polygonal arrangement is formed by storms of same size. Juno visited the giant plant in 2016, and this arrangement has been there since then.

Scientists at NASA are puzzled with this geometric order of storms. Even we are puzzled!

A thick layer of Cloud

It has always been a matter of debate. The ongoing Juno mission has unearthed that Jupiter’s photogenic clouds are as thick as 3000 kilometers. That is huge. It is 30 time thicker than the Earth’s atmosphere.

Now we know what makes Jupiter’s weather so weighty. Such thick cloud bands play a pivotal part in the turbulence of the planet’s weather and atmosphere. BTW, did you know that Jupiter’s atmosphere alone is 3 times massive than that of Earth’s?

Fluid Planet

Jupiter isn’t a rocky planet. Earlier, it was considered a gaseous planet.

However, Juno mission has found that below the belt of clouds, the planet is fluid. But that fluid doesn’t act like fluid; it (the planet) rotates like a solid mass.

So these were a few recent findings about Jupiter made by the Juno Mission. The following three are some of the strangest finds about Jupiter –

Failed Star

Jupiter is a failed star.

Meaning, it has all the potential elements to become a Sun-like star. But, due to lack of internal pressure and necessary temperature to cause Hydrogen-Helium fusion, it can't achieve that status.

Just imagine, if Jupiter were a star, it would have its own solar system and all its 67 moons would be its planets. #JustSaying

Jupiter too has rings

Like Saturn, Jupiter also has a ring system around it. However, unlike Saturn’s, Jupiter’s rings are made of fine dust particles created by the collision of asteroids and comets into its moons.

Fourth brightest thing in the sky

If you want to see Jupiter with naked eyes, it’s pretty easy. Just find the brightest twinkles in the sky, and the fourth brightest is Jupiter. First is Moon; Second is Venus/Mercury. And, third is Mars.