Scientists have solved the mystery of hexagonal hurricanes that exist at the poles of Jupiter. This is reported by a study of astronomers from the United States.
Since the interplanetary research probe Juno appeared in orbit of Jupiter (it happened in 2016), the scientists have not only new data on the largest planet of the solar system, but also new questions, many of which still remain unanswered. Some of the riddles of the gas giant, however, are being solved.
For example – mysterious hexagonal storms, which are at the poles of Jupiter. At the North Pole of the planet, scientists have counted nine huge cyclones, and at the South Pole – seven (the seventh hurricane appeared in 2019). The most amazing thing about these cyclones is that they exist separately from each other, without merging into a single giant storm.
“Our research shows that the stability of these incredible structures in the atmosphere of the gas giant depends mainly on the anticyclonic rings that are around each storm. If the depth of this protection is within certain limits, then multi-cornered storms have been stable for years,” says Cheng Lee of the University of California at Berkeley. The scientists under Lee’s leadership were able to prove this by simulating the polygonal location of Hurricanes in Jupiter.