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A Close-Up Look of Jupiter in Infrared


By Jessica Santascoy on February 14, 2011

Welcome to the NASA Night Sky Network series about the seasons on planets in our solar system. Last time we wrote about Mars and now we look at Jupiter.

The seasons on Jupiter aren’t noticeable, because the axial tilt of Jupiter is only 3.13°. 

It’s a large ball of hot gas. NASA’s Planet Selector tells us “Jupiter is by far the largest of the planets. If it were hollow, more than 1,300 Earths could fit inside. It’s The Hot Zone and not a people-friendly place. Radiation levels encountered by spacecraft visiting Jupiter are more than 1,000 times the lethal level for a human. Even heavily-shielded spacecraft like Galileo were damaged by the radiation.” Jupiter, you’re hot, beautiful to look at, but imagining burning up in your atmosphere is a true nightmare!

Learn more about Jupiter on Universe Today and NASA’s Planet Selector

If you contact your local astronomy club, you’ll learn even more and be able to see Jupiter & the Galilean Moons through a telescope!

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