On a giant planet comes excellent storms.
Such storms in Jupiter are focused on a new citizen science project hosted at Zooniverse. The Jovian Vortex Hunter launched on Tuesday (June 21) to allow anyone around the world to help scientists search for storms on the giant planet in our solar system.
The project, which covers data from the NASA spacecraft Juno, “aims to study the different types of clouds that form in Jupiter, to understand better how the largest planet in the solar system works,” said Ranakumar Sankar, the lead. Project and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota wrote in a blog post.
Juno has been working on the giant planet for almost six years (July 4, 2016). Already, its JunoCam project allows citizen scientists to develop immature images from space.
The new project will focus on the roads that build in the clouds of Jupiter, which confuses scientists with many questions about evolution and evolution, writes Sankar.
“We know very little about why vortices are so colorful – is it because of the shape of the atmosphere? Or do clouds form at higher altitudes, where pressure and temperature affect crystalline structure, resulting in a different color?”
Researchers hope to address these issues by asking project participants to write a catalog on which vortices are formed, which helps physicists find their source story.
The project plans to create a catalog of different types of vortices and “compare them with the basic physics/chemistry of their environment,” writes Sankar.
“With your help,” he added, “we can learn a lot about the Jovian atmosphere and the processes that make up the amazing clouds we see.”