NASA’s Juno spacecraft has assumed a significant role in widening human comprehension about Jupiter, the gas giant. Past information sent by the Juno test had uncovered that Jupiter’s lightning is fundamentally the same as that of the one we experience here on earth, and now the test has indicated about another part of the gas mammoth that appears to be increasingly similar to earth.
In a new study report published in the diary ‘Nature Astronomy’, researchers have uncovered that the attractive field of Jupiter used to change over the span of time, a phenomenon which has been seen on the earth. Amid the study, NASA, the United States space agency thought about the ongoing readings of Jupiter’s attractive field with information that was gathered years prior by different missions like Pioneer and Voyage.
According to scientists, it is a phenomenon called ‘secular variation’ that is bringing about the moving of the magnetic pole.
“Secular variation has been on the wish list of planetary scientists for decades. This discovery could only take place due to Juno’s extremely accurate science instruments and the unique nature of Juno’s orbit, which carries it low over the planet as it travels from pole to pole,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio in a recent statement.
Specialists trust that changes happening far beneath is causing a mainstream minor departure from the earth. Then again, researchers recommend that exceptional breeze far underneath the cloud tops are magnetic pole changes in Jupiter.
“Finding something as minute as these changes in something so immense as Jupiter’s magnetic field was a challenge. Having a baseline of close-up observations over four decades provided us with just enough data to confirm that Jupiter’s magnetic field does indeed change over time,” said Kimee Moore, a Juno scientist from Harvard University in Cambridge.
A couple of months back, the Juno spacecraft had detected a volcanic tuft ejecting from the outside of Io, one of Jupiter’s moon. It ought to be noticed that Jupiter has 79 known moons, and out of these, Io is viewed as the most volcanically dynamic.
Last year, an image taken by the Juno spacecraft had emerged as the hottest debating topic among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts. The image released by NASA featured a gigantic green UFO hovering above the surface of Jupiter, and many conspiracy theorists soon jumped to the conclusion that it is authentic proof of alien life. However, experts revealed that the object spotted in the image could be the result of an imaging sensor anomaly.