‘Sprites’ and ‘elves’ may light up Jupiter’s atmosphere like Earth’s

Jupiter may be the first planet besides Earth known to host atmospheric light shows called “sprites” or “elves.” Sprites (SN: 6/14/02) and elves (SN: 12/23/95) are two kinds of atmospheric glows that form when lightning alters the electromagnetic environment in the atmosphere above a storm. On Earth, these electromagnetic upsets cause nitrogen molecules in the […]