Jovian Planets

Reprocessed view by Bjorn Jonsson of the Great Red Spot taken by Voyager 1 in 1979 reveals an incredible wealth of detail.
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Jovian planets always interested me. The term “Jovian” is naturally everyone’s first guess – derived from the Latin root, Iovis, or Jovis. It’s a 3rd declension, genitive singular noun, so any classics nerds should know that it very specifically translates to OF Jupiter.

I don’t know, I just find it interesting that an entire class of planets was named after one. Speaking of that one, Jupiter in particular has always been of interest. It’s the giant of our system…a stormy, gaseous planet. There’s so much more though. The violent, 300mph winds, raging storms visible as a large spot lasting for centuries, and extremely powerful lightning…There’s so much exciting weather to explore with Jupiter!

One more calming phenomenon I find is the aurora, which we know on Earth to be a beautiful luminescence near our pole. Well, sure enough, Jupiter has auroras. Kind of makes sense, but we normally wouldn’t associate such a pretty picture with a planet that tends to have key word searches like storms and violent. They occur at both poles on Jupiter and are constantly occurring!

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