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|Title:||Five Years of Observations of the Circumpolar Cyclones of Jupiter||Authors:||MURA, Alessandro
Moriconi, M. L.
Dinelli, B. M.
|Issue Date:||2022||Journal:||JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH (PLANETS)||Number:||127||Issue:||9||Abstract:||The regular polygons of circumpolar cyclones, discovered by Juno in 2017, are one of the most puzzling features of Jupiter. Here we show new recent global pictures of the North polar cyclones' structure. These are the first simultaneous images of the whole structure since 2017, and we find that it remained almost unperturbed, just like the South one. The observation of these long-lasting structures poses questions regarding the formation mechanism of cyclones, and on their vertical structure. Data by Juno/JIRAM infrared camera collected over the last 5 years show that cyclones migrate around what may seem like equilibrium positions, with timescales of a few months but, aside from that, the cyclones systems are very stable. Our analysis of the observations shows that the motion of cyclones around their equilibrium position is uncorrelated with their position if a barotropic approximation (β-drift) is assumed. Thus, a different dynamical explanation than the barotropic β-drift is needed to explain the stability of the observed features. Each cyclone has a peculiar morphology, which differs from the others and is stable over the observed lapse of time in most cases.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12386/34230||URL:||https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2022JE007241
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