Astrophysics & Planetary Sciences Colloquia

Jupiter’s Auroras as Revealed by NASA’s Juno Mission

Of all the planets within the solar system, Jupiter’s space environment is often described using
superlatives: fastest rotating planet, strongest magnetic field, most powerful aurora, biggest
magnetosphere, etc. These qualities make experimental pursuits very exciting and ripe for
discovery. One prime example, and the topic of this presentation, is the pursuit of the underlying
physics powering Jupiter’s auroras. Prior to 2016, the phenomenological picture of Jupiter’s