Jupiter

Its north pole is dominated by a central cyclone surrounded by eight circumpolar cyclones with diameters ranging from 2,500 to 2,900 miles across.

Jupiter's south pole also contains a central cyclone, but it is surrounded by five cyclones with diameters ranging from 3,500 to 4,300 miles in diameter. Almost all the polar cyclones, at both poles, are so densely packed that their spiral arms come in contact with adjacent cyclones. However, as tightly spaced as the cyclones are, they have remained distinct, with individual morphologies over the seven months of observations detailed in the paper.

Another Juno result released today suggests that beneath the weather layer, the planet rotates nearly as a rigid body.

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  1. James says:

    "beneath the weather layer, the planet rotates nearly as a rigid body"

    Gee thanks space science, we may be able to use that in a thousand years. Meanwhile why isn't anyone trying to recsessutate supercool-vitrified animals?

  2. thielges says:

    That is reminiscent of Swindon’s Magic Roundabout , voted Britain’s most terrifying intersection.

  3. Phaid says:

    That looks delicious.

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