Peeking Under Jupiter’s Clouds – #365papers – 2017 – 148

#365papers for May 28, 2017

Bolton and 42 others, 2017, Jupiter’s interior and deep atmosphere: The initial pole-to-pole passes with the Juno spacecraft: Science, v. 356, p. 821-825.

What’s it about?

We finally have a spacecraft close enough to Jupiter that we can take photos of the planet’s poles and better understand what is happening below the cloud tops.

Jupiter’s south pole. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/John Landino

Why does it matter?

These new data allow us to better understand the planet that is Jupiter, to clarify and increase the precision of what we thought the structure of the planet was, and to take really, really cool pictures.

Why did I read this?

Did you see that cool picture?

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