An illustration depicting the U.S. space agency's Juno spacecraft in orbit above Jupiter's Great Red Spot. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS)
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Jupiter's poles are blanketed by geometric clusters of cyclones and its atmosphere is deeper than scientists suspected.These are just some of the discoveries reported by four international research teams Wednesday, based on observations by NASA's Juno spacecraft circling Jupiter.One group uncovered a constellation of nine cyclones over Jupiter's north pole and six over the south pole. Launched in 2011, Juno has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016 and peering beneath the thick ammonia clouds.A similar situation may be occurring at other big gas planets like Saturn, where the atmosphere could be even deeper than Jupiter's, he said.
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