Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Jupiter's Occultation Radii: Implications for its Internal Dynamics

By Ravit Helled

Abstract

The physical shape of a giant planet can reveal important information about its centrifugal potential, and therefore, its rotation. In this paper I investigate the response of Jupiter's shape to differential rotation on cylinders of various cylindrical radii using a simple equipotential theory. I find that both solid-body rotation (with System III rotation rate) and differential rotation on cylinders up to a latitude between 20 and 30 degrees are consistent with Jupiter's measured shape. Occultation measurements of Jupiter's shape could provide an independent method to constrain the depth of its zonal winds.Comment: accepted for publication in GR

Topics: Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1029/2011GL047107
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1103.3450
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • http://arxiv.org/abs/1103.3450 (external link)
  • Suggested articles


    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.