Over the years NASA’s Juno spacecraft offered surprising information about Jupiter, in the form of impressive images and valuable scientific data.
It was already known that the storms which take place on the gas giant are more powerful than previously thought, with the lighting being similar to the found on Earth. The latest batch of data infers that Jupiter has another trait which isn’t too different in comparison to its Earth equivalent.
A survey of the magnetic shield made by Juno is quite different in comparison to data which was recorded during past missions as it seems that the magnetic field of the planet is affected by small yet significant changes which have also been observed in the case of Earth’s magnetic field.
A team of NASA researchers compared magnetic field data collected by Juno with similar data sets recorded during past missions, among which we can count Voyage and Pioneer.
Jupiter and Earth have something in common, according to NASA’s Juno probe’s latest data
Juno examined the magnetic shield of Jupiter with the help of a dedicated magnetometer, providing accurate information about the current state of the field. According to one of the researchers who participated in the study observing the magnetic field of Jupiter was quite a challenge since the researcher had to work with a considerable amount of data obtained within four and a half decades.
The team observed a persistent pattern, and it cannot be justified by modifications linked to the magnetosphere or the speed at which the planet rotates. By using a custom model, the researchers concluded that the changes were influenced by the power and spread of local winds, a discovery which could play an essential role as a foundation for future studies that aim to learn more about them in the future.
Researchers preoccupied about the magnetic shield of the Earth may also find the study useful, and Juno will continue to monitor possible changes related to Jupiter’s magnetic field. The study was published in a reputable scientific journal.