Harmonic Cloud Patterns on Jupiter

(originally posted 28/06/07 on Wobbly Universe blog by Ray Tomes)

At the NASA web site the following description is found about a polar map of Jupiter.

This map of Jupiter is the most detailed global color map of the planet ever produced. The round map is a polar stereographic projection that shows the south pole in the center of the map and the equator at the edge. It was constructed from images taken by Cassini on Dec. 11 and 12, 2000, as the spacecraft neared Jupiter during a flyby on its way to Saturn.

The map shows a variety of colorful cloud features, including parallel reddish-brown and white bands, the Great Red Spot, multi-lobed chaotic regions, white ovals and many small vortices. Many clouds appear in streaks and waves due to continual stretching and folding by Jupiter’s winds and turbulence. The bluish-gray features along the north edge of the central bright band are equatorial “hot spots,” meteorological systems such as the one entered by NASA’s Galileo probe. Small bright spots within the orange band north of the equator are lightning-bearing thunderstorms. The polar region shown here is less clearly visible because Cassini viewed it at an angle and through thicker atmospheric haze.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

jupiter-pole       Jupiter polar map produced by NASA from photos taken December 11-12, 2000.

It is clear that there are several types of features that repeat around that planet at fairly regular intervals. There are regular white spots about half way between the pole and equator, and much closer regular notches nearer to the equator.

Several of these features are marked on the map below, and in some places where the pattern is not clear it is continued until it links with the same pattern further around.

jupiter-pole-harmonics       Jupiter polar map showing harmonics of 12, 24, 72 and 144.

The smaller wave pattern is made clearer in the following magnification. There is a Full size image of Jupiter available at this same scale at NASA.

jupiter-72        A magnification shows the regularity of the wave identified as the 72nd harmonic.

It so happens that there is an explanation based on the harmonic formation of waves in a non-linear system that predicts that certain harmonics should be much stronger than others. It is called The Harmonics Theory and was developed by me, Ray Tomes. Here is a graphic showing the predicted relative power in various harmonics:

h1-100       Predicted Strong Harmonics from 1 to 100 according to the Harmonics Theory

Quite clearly, 12, 24 and 72 (also 144 not shown on this graph) are expected to be strong harmonics. The reason that certain harmonics are stronger than others is that they can be formed in more ways. This type of behaviour is not observed in essentially linear systems such as a guitar string, where no harmonics are especially strong relative to their neighbours. But in 2 and 3 dimensional structures, especially nearly closed systems where standing waves can last for a long time, not only do harmonics form, but harmonics of harmonics.

This means that a wave that divides the planets circumference in 2 for example will itself have divisions which will therefore divide the planets circumference in 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and so on. Likewise a wave that divides the planet into 3 will form harmonics that divide it into 6, 9, 12 and so on. Because some numbers can be factorised in many more ways than others, these strong harmonics will be more evident when we see pictures of Jupiter or any other nearly closed system which can sustain standing waves for long periods of time.

Harmonics theory also makes predictions of much smaller waves (larger order harmonics) and these predictions are also found in cloud patterns on Earth. When applied to the entire universe, the theory explains why there are certain scales of distance at which structures prefer to form and these include galaxies, stars, planets, moons as well as cells, atoms and nuclear particles. Based on the predicted and observed patterns, it can be concluded that the universe is much larger than many cosmologists currently believe.

For 4 years from early 2007 until late 2010, Ray Tomes ran a blog called “Wobbly Universe” on his personal web site. With software changes that blog stopped working. Over the coming weeks or months these old articles will be reposted to CRI blog.

About Ray Tomes

Ray's career was in computer software development including system software design, economic modeling, investments. He spent 15 years full time on cycles research and has spoken on cycles and related topics at conferences and seminars around the world. He retired at age 42 to study cycles full time and work out “The Formula for the Universe” and as a result developed the Harmonics Theory as an explanation for observed patterns of cycles and structure of the Universe. His current project is the development of CATS (Cycles Analysis & Time Series) software, and collecting and organizing large quantities of time series data and analyzing this data to test and confirm Dewey's findings in an organized way. Interested in all aspects of cycles especially climate change and causes.
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2 Responses to Harmonic Cloud Patterns on Jupiter

  1. Thanks for reposting the articles by Ray Tomes.

  2. Excellent article, the evidence is unbiased and the math solid.

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