NASA Shares Images resembling Vortices of Jupiter and Earth

Jay Kakade

Jupiter is about 11 times bigger than Earth and 5 times farther from the Sun. Jupiter is 3 times more colder than Earth and rotates 2.5 times faster.
With this comparisons it seems Jupiter has nothing in common with Earth. NASA have shared two images, one of the vortices in Earth's oceans and the atmosphere of Jupiter. By looking at these images it will be hard to spot differences.

Similar patterns of Jupiter and Earth Given Image resembles swirling winds of Earth's Baltic Sea and Jupiter's Ammonia rich clouds. (Image credit: NASA/Juno)

It is not that these images were captured recently. Images were shared by NASA in 2019. Left image shows the ammonia rich clouds swirling in the outermost layer of Jupiter's atmosphere. The right image shows the green phytoplankton bloom from Baltic Sea. These are turbulent processes which are crucial for rotating carbon, heat and nutrients around the planet.

When NASA released the images of ammonia rich clouds of Jupiter, Lia Siegelman, a physical oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography became interested in the Juno mission as these images reminded her of Earth's turbulence processes.
In a meeting of the American Geophysical Union, She presented the following examples.

Similar patterns of Jupiter and Earth Similar patterns between Baltic Sea and Jupiter

Swirls and vortices of the Norwegian Sea show ultimate similarities with vortices on Jupiter. Though the visuals are similar, the vortices on Jupiter are 10 times larger than swirls in the Norwegian Sea. Both the vortices are formed by the same fluid dynamics.

Similar patterns of Jupiter and Earth
Vortices of Baltic Sea resemble vortices on Jupiter's clouds.

By detailing naturally occurring similarities between both, researchers are trying to learn more about atmospheric processes on Jupiter. This comparison can give us more details about our green planet.

Juno Spacecraft has been gathering information about Jupiter since July 2016. In November 2021, Juno Spacecraft completed its 38th close pass from Jupiter.

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