Latest Results from the Proximity Orbits of Juno at Jupiter and Cassini at Saturn
Wednesday, May 22, 8-9 p.m.
Free public lecture with with Dr. Timothy Dowling. The two largest planets in the solar system have recently been probed like never before using extremely close orbits and high-precision gravity and magnetic field measurements.
The jet streams on these planets have been determined to be as deep as they are wide, some 3,000 km deep on Jupiter and 9,000 km deep on Saturn. In addition, Jupiter’s polar atmosphere has been imaged at close-range for the first time. Stark differences are found between Jupiter and Saturn both at the cloud-top level and in their interiors. The latest results will be discussed.
Dr. Timothy Dowling is the professor and director of the Atmospheric Science Program at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and is an internationally recognized expert on the atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics of planetary atmospheres, and principal architect of the EPIC atmospheric model, used by NASA and researchers around the world to model the atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Presented by Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography; Royal Astronomical Society St. John's Chapter