Jupiter Globe Rotation
Jupiter is the largest Planet in our solar system and it is a gas giant. There are four gas giants in our solar system Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and these planets are also called the Outer or Jovian planets. Jupiter is mainly made of Hydrogen and Helium. Its core could be rocky consisting of heavier elements. Its atmosphere contains trace amounts of methane, water vapor, ammonia, silicon-based compounds and also carbon, ethane, hydrogen sulfide, neon, oxygen, phosphine, sulphur, benzene and other hydrocarbons. The outermost layer of the atmosphere contains crystals of frozen ammonia and is visibly segregated into several bands at different latitudes, resulting in turbulence and storms along their interacting boundaries which results in the Great Red Spot, a giant storm. Jupiter has at least 67 moons and you have seen the four largest amongst them during your astro camps.
Pictures taken by the Hubble telescope have been put together in this video to show a full rotation of Jupiter.
About this video:
The giant planet Jupiter has a diameter of more than 10 times Earth’s diameter. Its striped and dynamic atmosphere, dotted with massive, powerful storms, has been a continuing Hubble target over the years. A collection of images from 2007 have been combined to get full, even coverage of Jupiter. The resulting mosaic has been mapped onto a sphere, and one full rotation is presented in the visualization.
Visualization: G. Bacon (STScI)
Data: A. Simon-Miller (GSFC), A. Sánchez-Lavega, R. Hueso, S. Pérez-Hoyos (UPV/EHU), E. García-Melendo (FOED), G. Orton (JPL)