Non-Auroral Lights on Jupiter’s Dark Side
Lights in the clouds of Jupiter seen on Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 long-exposure dark-side images are widely believed to be produced by atmospheric lightning (Smith, et al, 1979; Cook, et al, 1983; Borucki, et al, 1982) with as much as 40 times more light than superbolts on Earth. Magalhaes and Borucki (1991) have provided a very nice extension and up-date of these data. They particularly stress the “striking”… “stability of the latitudes of lightning activity at 49 degrees over the time between the Voyager spacecraft encounters and over a wide range of longitudes…”
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