Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Near-Surface Geochemistry and Geobiology

What causes the massive ammonia plumes on Jupiter?

satellite image showing eruption of ammonia plume on Jupiter

EPS Professor Imke de Pater and graduate student Chris Moeckel study the atmospheric mechanisms that create eruptions of ammonia on Jupiter.  The ammonia plumes affect the visible color banding of Jupiter's atmosphere as the eruptions of white gas displace the other darker, typically brown, lower-level clouds.

 

Click here for the full article published in Astronomical Journal, "First Alma Millimeter Wavelength Maps of Jupiter, with a Multi-Wavelength Study of Convection".

Check out here for an interview Imke de Pater on Space .com, "Ammonia Storms on Jupiter Are Messing Up Its Picture-Perfect Cloud Bands".

Go here for an interview with Chris Moeckel in The Daily Californian about this research, "UC Berkeley study finds ammonia plumes changing Jupiter’s atmosphere".