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Jupiter’s deep flows revealed by Juno

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA Auditorium

Speaker Name(s): 

Yohai Kaspi

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Weizmann Institute of Science
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Colloquia

Event Details & Abstract: 

Refreshments served 30 minutes prior to start of talk in front of the JILA Auditorium.

One of the key puzzles regarding Jupiter’s appearance is the nature and origin of its banded structure. It is known that these zones and belts are related to the strong zonal flows in Jupiter’s atmosphere, but the depth to which these flows extend has remained a mystery. The Juno spacecraft, which has been in orbit around Jupiter since July 2016, has been measuring very accurately Jupiter’s gravity field. These measurement revealed that the Jupiter gravity field is north-south asymmetric, and by this allowed determining the depth and character of Jupiter’s zonal flows. In this talk, I will review the Juno gravity experiment, show how this allowed to determine the depth and vertical structure of Jupiter’s zonal flows, and discuss what the gravity results imply about Jupiter’s interior.

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