Jupiter Picture of the Day


Wednesday, November 16 2011 - 12:00 pm, PST
Mike Wong
Center for Integrative Planetary Science, UC Berkeley

The rich history of time-domain Jupiter data is of great value because it provides a whole new angle of attack, distinct from spatial-domain (imaging) data or from spectral-domain data. Time-domain Jupiter data provides a unique way to learn more about processes such as heat transport, atmospheric structure and evolution, composition, the formation of clouds and hazes, impact processes, and impactor populations. Dr. Wong will discuss three recent changes in Jupiter's atmosphere: the reddening of Oval BA (and how vortices probe the deep atmosphere), shifts in the upper tropospheric haze layer (discovered with an experimental multi-conjugate adaptive optics technique), and the 2009 and 2010 impacts discovered by amateur astronomers.

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