What’s the Weather on Jupiter? Cloudy with a Chance of Mushballs

Recent findings from NASA’s Juno mission, in orbit around Jupiter since July 4, 2016, may have solved an ongoing mystery about the composition of the giant planet’s upper atmosphere; namely, the case of the missing ammonia. (Jupiter is composed mostly of hydrogen and helium but also contains trace amounts of ammonia, methane, and water vapor.)┬áNorth…

Elusive Red Sprite Seen From the Space Station

Let’s take a look back at our own planet for a moment with this stunning photo captured from the Space Station. This shot, taken on the night of Aug. 10, 2015, shows lightning flashes in thunderstorms over southern Mexico. Along the right edge bright red and purple streamers can be seen extending high into the…

Stealing Saturn’s Lightning

This just in: a movie from the Cassini imaging team showing gigantic lightning flashes within a 1,900-mile-wide storm cloud on Saturn! Depicting a 16-minute span of time, the movie shows lightning illuminating large areas within the cloud nearly 200 miles in diameter. (The “zap zap” sounds were added later to represent the radio signals that…