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Jupiter: Crash Course Astronomy #16

Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system. The gas giant is NOT a failed star, but a really successful planet! It has a dynamic atmosphere with belts and zones, as well as an enormous red spot that’s actually a persistent hurricane. Jupiter is still warm from its formation, and has an interior that’s mostly metallic hydrogen, and it may not even have a core.

Table of Contents
Jupiter is the Biggest Planet in Our Solar System 0:28
Belts and Zones 1:33
Persistent Hurricane 2:32
Metallic Hydrogen Interior 4:03
Fast Spin 0:49
Not a Failure 6:17

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PHOTO/VIDEO SOURCES
Jupiter [credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)]
Earth [credit: NASA]
Telescope view [credit: Chris Isherwood / Flickr]
Jupiter Belt System [credit: Wikimedia Commons & NASA/JPL]
Jupiter’s Jet Streams [credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center]
2010 belt sinking [credit: NASA, ESA and Z. Levay (STScI)]
Storms [credit: NASA/JPL]
Jupiter Approach [credit: NASA]
Red spot shrinking [credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)]
Jupiter’s Hot Spots [credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center]
Gas interior [credit: NASA]
Jupiter interior [credit: NASA]
Creating Gas Giants [credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center]
Jupiter’s oblate disc [credit: WikiMedia Commons/NASA]
Jupiter heat [credit: NASA/IRTF/JPL-Caltech/University of Oxford]
Jupiter and its shrunken red spot [credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)]
Jupiter’s magnetosphere [credit: WikiMedia Commons / Volcanopele]
Jupiter aurora [credit: John Clarke (University of Michigan) and NASA]
Jupiter’s ring [credit: NASA]
Cosmic Fireball Falling Over ALMA [credit: ESO/C. Malin]
Shoemaker [credit: ANU / Peter McGregor]
Shoemaker scars [credit: R. Evans, J. Trauger, H. Hammel and the HST Comet Science Team and NASA]
Smaller impacts [credit: NASA, ESA, and H. Hammel (Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.), and the Jupiter Impact Team]