At the north pole of the Gas Giant, the spacecraft observed a massive cyclone surrounded by eight smaller cyclones that appear to swirl around it.
The scientists found that it appears “an anticyclonic ring” between the main cyclone and the smaller cyclones is keeping the clusters in their unique polygonal patterns, according to the new study on the north pole vortices, published Wednesday in Nature Astronomy. .
“Since 2017 the Juno spacecraft has observed a cyclone at the north pole of Jupiter surrounded by eight smaller cyclones arranged in a polygonal pattern,” the study says.
“These cyclones are new weather phenomena that have not been seen or predicted before,” said Cheng Li, a Juno scientist from the University of California, Berkeley in a 2019 NASA study about the cyclones