NASA’s Juno spacecraft has provided a plethora of evidence to suggest that Jupiter is indeed thicc. But what lies beneath the planet’s moody clouds and marbled bands of wonder, particularly at the planet’s poles? Despite a multitude of new research, scientists are as mystified as ever.

Four papers published Wednesday in Nature provide unprecedented insight into the gas giant’s inner workings. Perhaps most intriguing is a new study about Jupiter’s polar regions, which apparently harbor cyclones. This makes sense because it’s Jupiter and everything there is perfect and beautiful and completely ridiculous.

“Jovian polar regions are not visible from Earth owing to Jupiter’s low axial tilt, and were poorly characterized by previous missions because the trajectories of these missions did not venture far from Jupiter’s equatorial plane,” the researchers write. “Here we report that visible and infrared images obtained from above each pole by the Juno spacecraft during its first five orbits reveal persistent polygonal patterns of large cyclones.”

In true Jovian fashion, these cyclones produce some breathtaking and bizarre shapes that would make Van Gogh green with envy. I mean really, just look at this Juno pic of Jupiter’s South Pole:

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Jupiter never misses an opportunity to flex.

Researchers observed images from the first five of Juno’s six Jovian flybys. In the north pole, the team found eight circumpolar cyclones rotating around another cyclone. The south pole also harbors a large cyclone in the middle, which is encircled by five others.

The group attributes the movement of these cyclones to the Coriolis effect, which describes how things like storms or air currents appear to move in a certain direction as the result of a force, which, surprise, is called the Coriolis force. This is caused by the way a planet rotates on its axis.

As is the case with most things on Ol’ Jupey, there’s still a lot to learn about these storms.

“The manner in which the cyclones persist without merging and the process by which they evolve to their current configuration are unknown,” the researchers write. Classic Jupiter.


On Monday, scientists revealed the first images of a human inside the world’s newest total body scanner, called EXPLORER. The name is fitting because this scanner really leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination, tracking the way drugs and disease progress through every nook and cranny in the body.

Designed by biomedical engineering professor Simon Cherry, Ph.D., and biophysicist Ramsey Badawi, Ph.D. at University of California, Davis, this scanner produces images that look like a hybrid between a PET scan (which is often used to find tumors) and an X-ray, all in ghostly black and white. But what’s interesting about EXPLORER, which will be officially unveiled at the Radiological Society of North America meeting on November 24th, isn’t that it produces detailed images of tissues or bones. Cherry tells Inverse that it can also create 3D movies showing where certain drugs may end up in the body.

While we all love sleeping there’s nothing more disgusting that what you’re sleeping in. Your sheets, by all conventional standards, are hosts for thousands of gross bacteria, fungi, sweat and bodily excretions that you sleep in every night. Worst part is that most people don’t wash their sheets nearly enough. While there are some that throw their dirty sheets in the laudry weekly, as recommended, most people can go weeks without it. They are lying in filth on a nightly basis and doing nothing about it.

After a 41-year journey, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft is officially the second human-made object to leave our solar system. Researchers announced on Monday that on November 5, Voyager 2 broke through the heliosphere, the bubble of ionized particles that envelops the solar system. This spectacular outcome, the Voyager project scientists revealed at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, was never guaranteed when the craft launched in 1977.

Elon Musk wants to send humans to Mars, and it could happen as soon as 2024. The SpaceX CEO has outlined a plan to get people to the red planet, with bold visions of refueling rockets to “planet hop” and explore the furthest reaches of the solar system.

Many plans for a Mars settlement expect a community in matters of decades. The United Arab Emirates aims for a city of 600,000 by 2117. Astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell told Inverse last month that “while the first human mission to land on Mars will likely take place in the next two decades, it will probably be more like 50-100 years before substantial numbers of people have moved to Mars to live in self-sustaining towns.”

SpaceX isn’t shy about showing off its rocket recovery capabilities. Most of Falcon 9’s launches culminate with the first stage booster gracefully touching back down on a drone ship. But what isn’t as well-documented is the three-day-long process of getting the rocket from the ocean back to port and onto land. So hobbyist photographer and space enthusiast Stephen Marr decided to film a time-lapse of the process.