Oscillating Cyclones at Jupiter's South Pole
In this animation, forces created by movement toward the south pole of a circumpolar cyclone (farthest right) results in the temporary shift in location by the polar cyclone – the central cyclone directly over the pole – and the four other circumpolar cyclones.
Data used to generate this animation was acquired by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft. JIRAM "sees" in infrared light not visible to the human eye. It was designed to capture the infrared light emerging from deep inside Jupiter, probing the weather layer down to 30 to 45 miles (50 to 70 kilometers) below Jupiter's cloud tops.