The space probe Juno, created by NASA to study Jupiter, recorded a flash of lightning near the north pole of the planet. This is reported on the official agency websites.
The image was taken during Juno’s 31st flyby of Jupiter on December 30, 2020. Last year, scientist Kevin M. Gill processed the image. The spacecraft was about 19,900 miles above Jupiter’s clouds when the raw image was taken.
“On Earth, lightning bolts originate from water clouds, and happen most frequently near the equator, while on Jupiter lightning likely also occurs in clouds containing an ammonia-water solution, and can be seen most often near the poles,” the report said.
In the coming months, the probe will approach Jupiter several more times, passing over the night side of the giant planet. So there is a chance to “catch” lightning again.
It was previously reported that Webb telescope photographed Jupiter. Such observations of the planet provide a chance to learn more about how it is arranged.