Jupiter X-Ray Aurora Mystery Solved, After 40 Years

Jupiter X-ray aurora mystery solved

So you think Earth’s northern lights are big and majestic? In July 2021, Randy Gladstone of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, said in a NASA statement:

That’s nothing … Jupiter has auroras bigger than our entire planet.

In that statement, planetary astronomers were announcing that they’d just solved a 40-year-old mystery about the origins of Jupiter’s unusual X-ray auroras. Read more on EarthSky

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