Jupiter Water Mystery: NASA’s Juno Finds New Clues

Jupiter made headlines a lot lately, and one of the reasons was the fact that its moon, Europa, is most likely hosting life.

An expert detailed the reasons for this affirmation, and you can check them out in our previous article.

Jupiter and the water in its atmosphere 

Jupiter is definitely extremely different from our planet, but there are some molecules in common. Experts have been eager to learn more about the abundance of water in Jupiter’s atmosphere and NASA’s Juno Spacecraft if about to give experts some interesting answers.

CNET details the history if the mystery and cites NASA’s statement.

NASA’s Galileo probe dove into Jupiter’s atmosphere in 1995. The data that it was able to send back “suggested Jupiter might be extremely dry compared with the sun (the comparison is based not on liquid water but on the presence of its components, oxygen, and hydrogen, present in the sun),” stated NASA just the other day.

In other words, this was less water than experts were expecting to find here.

The results coming from Juno have been published in the journal Nature Astronomy this month.

The data that’s been released by Juno shows that the water is making up around 0.25% of the molecules in Jupiter’s atmosphere at the equator.

Sampling a dry part of the planet 

CNET also made sure to highlight the fact that the new data is suggesting that the Galileo mission happened to sample a dry part of the atmosphere of Jupiter.

“Juno’s surprise discovery that the atmosphere was not well mixed even well below the cloud tops is a puzzle that we are still trying to figure out. No one would have guessed that water might be so variable across the planet,” according to the Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton.

NASA uses Juno in order to learn more details about Jupiter’s origins and evolution.

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