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NASA spots auroras on Jupiter's poles by using X-Rays

Posted at 6:44 AM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 06:45:47-05

Scientists have made a dazzling find on the planet Jupiter.

Auroras: each roughly half the size of Earth, lighting up the planet's poles.

And new images of the auroras show they behave much differently on the gas giant.

While here on Earth, the auroras Borealis and Australis behave in tandem, mirroring each other, the ones on Jupiter behave independently.

On its south pole, the X-ray of the aurora pulses in a consistent interval.

But on Jupiter's north pole, the aurora flares erratically and fluctuates in brightness.

NASA plans to learn more about the phenomenon by combining the data from the X-ray images with data sent back from the Juno probe that is currently orbiting Jupiter.