Jupiter Swirling Clouds Look Surprisingly Similar To Ocean Currents During A Phytoplankton Bloom


No matter about which planet we talk, the law of physics apply everywhere. And that’s what two images, one captured by NASA’s Juno and the other one snapped by Landsat-8, proved. More specifically, Jupiter swirling clouds look surprisingly similar to ocean currents during a phytoplankton bloom in the Baltic Sea.

Jupiter is one large gas planet, the most massive one in our solar system. It is a giant per se, as it’s totaling 2.5 times more mass than all the other planets of the solar system, taken together. Earth, in comparison with Jupiter, is a tiny rocky world that’s by 317.8 times less massive than Jupiter. But, yes, Earth is alive, and that alone is our most significant advantage over any other world in the system.

But, above all these differences between the two planets, the laws of physics apply to both worlds. More specifically, we’re talking about those laws that govern the motion of fluids.

Jupiter swirling clouds Look similar to ocean currents during phytoplankton bloom In the Baltic Sea

“This is all about fluids moving around on a rotating body. Out of all the complexity flows beauty, whether it be images of Earth, Jupiter, or your coffee cup when you pour in the cream,” said Norman Kuring of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

NASA Juno has been sending stunning pictures of Jupiter swirling clouds since it reached the gas giant. In the most recent image JunoCam snapped, we can see, once again the storms that form in the atmosphere of Jupiter. On the other hand, Landsat-8 is surveying the Earth, and its latest snap presents a phytoplankton bloom in the Baltic Sea swirling due to ocean currents. Both images, when placed one next to the other (see the pic at the beginning of the article) look very similar.

The images prove that the laws of physics apply everywhere in the known universe. “In interpreting what we see elsewhere in the solar system and universe, we always compare with phenomena that we already know of on Earth. We work from the familiar toward the unknown,” added Kuring.


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