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The giant planet Jupiter
Rogers, John H. (John Hubert), 1952-
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Physical Description:
x, 418 pages, 24 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm.
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QB661 .R64 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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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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Rogers (director, Jupiter Section, British Astronomical Society) has written a complete and highly detailed guide for serious amateurs, students, and professionals. Richly illustrated with photographs and diagrams, it discusses observing Jupiter, its atmosphere (structure, activity, and chemistry), electromagnetic environment, and moons. There are also helpful appendixes and an impressively detailed bibliography. A single complaint: the book lacks results from the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collision with Jupiter during the summer of 1995. This information should be included in future editions, as it would undoubtedly increase the usefulness of the book. For readers with astronomy backgrounds. Recommended for college libraries and larger public libraries. Undergraduate through faculty. K. Larsen; Central Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

Part I Observing Jupiter
1 Observations from Earth
2 Observations from spacecraft
Part II The Visible Structure of the Atmosphere
3 Horizontal structure: belts, currents, spots and storms
4 Vertical structure: colours and clouds
Part III The Observational Record of the Atmosphere
5 The Polar Region
6 North North Temperate Regions (57°N to 35°N)
7 North Temperate Region (35°N to 23°N)
8 North Tropical Region (23°N to 9°N)
9 Equatorial Region (9°N to 9°S)
10 South Tropical Region (9°S to 27°S)
11 South Temperate Region (27°S to 37°S)
12 South South Temperate Region (37°S to 53°S)
Part IV The Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere
13 Possible large-scale and long-term patterns
14 The dynamics of individual spots
15 Theoretical models of the atmosphere
16 The composition of the planet
Part V The Electrodynamic Environment of Jupiter
17 Lights in the Jovian night
18 The magnetosphere and radiation belts
Part VI The Satellites
19 The inner satellites and the ring
20 The Galilean satellites
21 Io
22 Europa
23 Ganymede
24 Callisto
25 The outer satellites
1 Measurement of longitude
2 Measurement of latitude
3 Lists of apparitions and published reports
4 Bibliography (The planet)
5 Bibliography (The magnetosphere and satellites)