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A NASA spacecraft circling Jupiter has captured the planet’s colourful electrical outbursts — sprites and elves — for the first time – Business Insider Australia

NASA’s Juno spacecraft just captured images of colourful bursts of lightning-like electricity high in Jupiter’s atmosphere.



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  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft has discovered that Jupiter’s atmosphere produces lightning-like electrical outbursts called transient luminous events.
  • On Earth, these colourful lights occur during thunderstorms, when lightning strikes produce red tendrils called sprites or glowing disks called elves high above the clouds.
  • Scientists predicted that Jupiter would have sprites and elves too, since it has lightning, but nobody had captured these alien flashes of light until now.
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