While we all know about lightning on Earth, did you know that Jupiter also has lightning? It was first observed over 40 years ago by NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft. Recent observations have shown that lightning on Jupiter behaves very much like lightning on earth with step-wise progression of the strokes. They determined this from radio emissions that are picked up from transmissions detected by sensors on more recent spacecraft. But there are still many questions about lightning on Jupiter, including why it does not happen near the equator, where on Earth there is a lot of lightning at the equator due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone, an area of tropical thunderstorms that stretch along the earth’s equator that move north and south with the seasons. You can read more at Jupiter’s lightning is strikingly similar to Earth’s | Space.

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