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Jupiter

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									          Jupiter

By: :Leah Hagenbuch and Hailey
            Smith
                            Planetary Statistics

   Tilt- 3.13
   Diameter- 88,846 miles
   Distance from sun- 483,780 miles
   Density- 1.33 grams per cm (Heavier than all the other planets!)
   Rotation- 10 Earth hours (Fastest rotating planet in the solar system!)
   Revolution- 4,333 Earth days (12 Earth years
   2.4 X stronger than on Earth
   Your weight on Earth is 140 pounds heavier on Jupiter.
   The average adult male weights 170 pounds so….
   170 + 140 = 310 pounds
              Atmospheric Features

   Mainly hydrogen and helium… Also includes methane,
    ammonia, water and sulfur compounds.
   Wind systems generate its ring system.
   Interior heat produces huge convection currents in the
    atmosphere.
   Impact- wind systems generate light and dark colored
    bands, circling it.
                     Surface Features
   Giant ocean of liquid hydrogen
   Supposed to contain as much rocky material as a terrestrial planet,
    most likely in its center.
   Brown, red, yellow and white clouds.
   Light areas: Zones
   Dark areas: Belts
   Top of clouds :145 degrees Celsius
   Temperature increases w. depth below clouds.
                  Satellites/ Rings
   28 moons
   Callisto- Densely cratered like Earth’s moon .
   Gaymede- Contains cratered areas, smooth regions, and areas
    covered by numerous parallel grooves.
   Europa- smallest of the Galilean moons, icy surface. Criss crossed
    by many linear features.
   Io- Intermost moon, one of three volcanically active bodies
    discovered in our solar system. Has umbrella shaped plumes that
    rise from the surface up 120 miles.
                                     Exploration

   Pioneer 10 and 11 produced the first up-close pictures and discovered its
    magnetosphere and its fluid interior
   Voyager 1 and 2 observed the moon and ring system & discovered volcanic activity
    on one moon and water and ice on another.
   The Cassini probe took detailed photos of the atmosphere
   New Horizons improved satellite measurements.
   Galileo spacecraft is the only one to enter an orbit around Jupiter
   More explorations to come.
   Jupiter can not support human life because it has little, if any, solid surface. The
    planets surface is composed of dense clouds that circle the planet. It also has an
    immense force of gravity. However airborne life could survive below the clouds,
    where temperatures are about 70 degrees. So far no evidence of life has been found
    on Jupiter
                      Unique Feature
   The Great Red Spot
   Constant anticyclonic storm 22 degrees south of its
    equator.
   Lasted at least 345 years.
   Large enough to contain 2 or 3 planets the size of Earth.
   Extremely cold
   High winds along edges, stagnant wind in the center of
    storm
   Reason why it is red, is unknown.
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