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!
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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