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Jupiter really IS squashed!

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#1 Paradoxdb3

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Posted 04 October 2022 - 11:49 AM

I used to think it was just my images, but everyone has the same thing. Jupiter rotates SO FAST that it bulges SIGNIFICANTLY at its equator, giving it a mild egg shape. I've noticed this for a few years, but never really thought anything of it.

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Posted 04 October 2022 - 12:11 PM

One of the research projects I worked on back in the 60's was to measure how much the "squash" is. It was only reproducing earlier studies, but is was fun to see my results was very close to the actual value. I also did the same thing with Saturn. For a 16 year old, it was a big deal grin.gif.

 

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#3 matt_astro_tx

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Posted 04 October 2022 - 12:52 PM

Really makes you appreciate just how violent a place it is.



#4 yock1960

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Posted 04 October 2022 - 03:08 PM

Oblate spheroids....chortle snort (ala Beavis & Butthead) lol.gif


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