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Miss Jeanette Keebler
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This 5 page Class Notes was uploaded by Miss Jeanette Keebler on Wednesday September 9, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to ESS 102 at University of Washington taught by Staff in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 8 views. For similar materials see /class/192669/ess-102-university-of-washington in Earth And Space Sciences at University of Washington.

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Date Created: 09/09/15
03 053 Ewam wan 26 m ma mm The largest planets in the solar system are the ones we are least likel to visit in erson The primary distinguishing feature of Jovian or gas giant planets is their lack of a surface Their composition is similar to the Sun mostly H and He with small amounts of everything else This is a remnant of how they formed Their densities are also similar to the Sun 1 gm cm393 They are also M bodies like the Sun which means that they rotate differential I Differential rotation is like water stirred in a pot The material in the center rotates at a different speed than at the edge For a Gas Giant we can think of its interior as a series of cylinders each moving with its own angular speed The size and relative speed of the cylinders depends on the interior The Giant Planets also rotate very rapidly which distorts them from a spherical shape A cloud on the equator of Jupiter is moving 45000 miles an hour How are we Able to Know This Cloud Clouds on the Jovian planets are structurally unimportant but they can be followed to show the larger structure of the outer layers In the outer solar system clouds can be made of more than just water They also can be made of Methane Ammonia Amonium Hydrosulfide Phosphine Ethane and other Aerosol compounds Each type of cloud has a different color


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