Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hot Storms of Jupiter

In March 2007 two enormous storms erupted on Jupiter. These eruptions appear to occur with a 15-17 year period; similiar storms were observed in 1975 and 1990. This time they were observed by the Hubble Space Telescope and our Infra Red Telescope Facility atop Mauna Kea. These storms always appear in pairs, like the twin jets of a Black Hole twisted on their journey from core to atmosphere. This adds to discovery of Hot Spots on Saturn's North and South poles. These jets are agreed to result from internal heat. Why do they form two narrow jets? The cores of giant planets are excellent places to seek a Black Hole. More in Space.com and the January 24 issue of NATURE.



Blogger Kea said...

"All the evidence points to a deep extent for Jupiter's jets and suggest that the internal heat power source plays a significant role in generating the jet," Sanchez-Lavega said.

Gee, Louise. They should be publishing some of your work in Nature. Thanks for the update.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Rarus vir said...

Great post.
Your 'small black hole theory' is one of the best I've heard. Now we need to get some evidence.

3:36 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Thank you both for positive comments. Since we can't reach Earth's centre, the Hole in the Earth may not be accepted for decades. Gathering evidence for the Sgr A Black Hole at the Milky Way's centre has taken years. They will remember where they heard it first.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what mechanism do you propose for twisting these hypothetical black hole jets round inside a giant planet?

This blog's quite interesting - has a bit of a "black holes of the gaps" aura to it - "we don't know what causes this, so it's probably a black hole", which makes an interesting parallel to "science can't explain this, therefore God".

10:11 AM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

Louise, you might find this Perimeter Institute lecture about strange galaxy properties adn the amount of "metals" in deep space of interest.

9:16 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Thanks, Carl.

For Andy: Jupiter's atmosphere is so poorly understood that we can imagine Black Hole jets and their magnetic field lines twisted around on their journey to the surface.

6:19 PM  

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