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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Juno at Jupiter
David Stevenson, Marvin L. Goldberger Professor of Planetary Science, Emeritus, Divison of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology,

Juno is a very successful, ongoing mission at Jupiter. The orbiting spacecraft has told us about a possible dilution of the "core" (defined as a central enrichment of heavy elements), the nature of the magnetic field, the likely depth of the East-West winds, the unexpected complexity of the atmospheric dynamics and many other things such as the eye-catching, swirling cloud patterns. I will attempt to place this mission in the context of our current understanding of how Jupiter formed and evolved but also highlight the surprising nature of some of the results, a key measure of success in planetary exploration and an affirmation of the importance of going there.

For more information, please contact Maria Camarca by email at mcamarca@caltech.edu.