NASA’s Juno spacecraft spots ‘sprites’ and ‘elves’ dancing in Jupiter’s atmosphere

Just in time for Halloween, NASA announced results from the space agency’s Juno mission that suggest “sprites” or “elves” could be frolicking in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere. 

Named for mischievous fairy-like creatures from European myth, sprites are transient luminous events (TLE) seen from far above a lightning storm, including storms on Earth. Lightning triggers these TLEs, which brighten miles of sky above a thunderstorm and closely resemble a jellyfish. Each sprite lasts for only a few milliseconds, making them difficult to spot. 

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