The Giant Planet Jupiter

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Cambridge University Press, 20 lug 1995 - 418 pagine
Jupiter is an extraordinarily colourful and dynamic planet. Over minutes, one can watch tiny shadows cast by its moons slide over its surface; over days and weeks parades of diverse, giant swirling storms can be seen to move and evolve. It is because of this richness of visual and physical properties that Jupiter has intrigued amateur and professional astronomers and has been the goal of several space missions. This highly illustrated volume provides a comprehensive and accessible account of Jupiter and its satellites. It reviews systematic telescopic observations that have stretched over more than a hundred years, in addition to modern observations and theories, and the wealth of data from the Pioneer, Voyager and Ulysses space missions. As well as a thorough survey of the planet's atmosphere, this volume presents an up-to-date account of our present knowledge of Jupiter's satellites and magnetosphere, at a level accessible to the non-specialist. This volume provides the definitive account of Jupiter for advanced amateur astronomers, professional astronomers and planetary scientists.
 

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Indice

THE VISIBLE STRUCTURE OF
41
colours and clouds
59
The Polar Regions
81
North Temperate Region 35N to 23N
101
North Tropical Region 23N to 9N
113
Equatorial Region 9N to 9S
133
South Tropical Region 9S to 27S
159
South Temperate Region 27S to 37S
219
The magnetosphere and radiation belts
293
THE SATELLITES
311
The gal ilea n satellites
319
Io
341
Europa
363
Ganymede
371
Callisto
383
PLATES between 388 and
389

South South Temperate Regions 37S to 53S
235
THE PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY
245
The dynamics of individual spots
255
Theoretical models of the atmospheric dynamics
269
The composition of the planet
277
Lights in the jovian night
287
APPENDICES
389
A2 Measurements of latitude
396
A4 Bibliography The planet
405
AS Bibliography Magnetosphere and satellites
412
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