Descriptive Astronomy 101
Jupiter Study Guide
After the "Jupiter" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.
How much larger is Jupiter when compared to the Earth and the all of the other planets in the Solar System?
How long is a single rotation of Jupiter on its axis? How does this compare to the Earth's rotation?
Besides spinning the planet, how else does the rotation affect the planet?
Briefly describe the interior structure of Jupiter.
How does this interior structure differ from the terrestrial planets?
What happens to hydrogen under very high pressure?
What is the composition of the atmosphere of Jupiter?
What causes the atmosphere to be separated into bands?
What causes the coloration of the atmospheric bands?
What are the terms applied to the dark-colored bands and the light-colored bands?
How fast does the atmosphere move in some bands?
What is driving atmospheric circulation on Jupiter? On Earth?
What is the Great Red Spot?
Why does Jupiter have such a large, strong magnetic field?
Is Jupiter a failed star? Why or why not?
How many rings does Jupiter have?
Hw many satellites (moons) does Jupiter have?
What are the names of the 4 largest moons?
What is the unusual characteristic of Group 4 satellites when compared to the other satellites?
What common characteristic do all Jovian satellites share?
What are the major characteristics and features of Io?
What are the major characteristics and features of Europa?
What are the major characteristics and features of Ganmede?
What are the major characteristics and features of Callisto?
On which of the moons do the conditions exist which might allow for the possibility of life?