Why Do Jupiter’s Northern and Southern Lights Act Differently than Earth’s?

Jupiter Auroras
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The Northern Lights of Earth ripple and dance through the air. Its Southern Lights, or Aurora Australis, aren’t as well-known because fewer people live near the South Pole where they are seen. The auroras look and act different at Jupiter’s poles. The northern aurora is inconsistent in its display while the southern lights are quite consistent in the rise and fall near its hot spots. High levels of energy don’t appear to be the key to its display, while solar storms increase activity. The Juno spacecraft may have more tasks in store as scientists on Earth look for answers to differences in this distant planet.

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