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Chapter Eleven Review: Jupiter

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Brian Wilson

th October 26 , 2010 ASTA01H Intro to Astronomy and Astrology Part I Chapter Eleven: Jupiter Orbital and Physical Properties The View from Earth Third brightest object in the night sky In contrast to the terrestrial planets, Jupiter has many moons that vary greatly in size and other properties o The four largest are known as th Gealilean Moons, discovered in 1610 On Jupiters surface, there are alternating light and dark bands that cross the planet parallel to its equator o These atmospheric features are unlike anything found on the inner planets Mass and Radius Mass is or 318 Earth masses o Twice the mass of all the other planets combined As massive as Jupiter is it is still only 11000 the mass of the Sun Its radius is 71,500 km or 11.2 Earth radii Rotation Rate Originally hard to determine since its surface features are clouds in the upper atmosphere, that are not attached to a solid surface and therefore move independently of one another Jupiter thus exhibits differential rotation the rotation rate is not constant from one location to another o Differential rotation is, therefore, obviously not possible in solid objects www.notesolution.com
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