Have you ever wanted to watch a planet rotate in real-time? Now’s your chance!
We’re all living on earth, as it rotates around the sun. However, it rotates to slowly that we can’t see or feel its rotation. If you look to other planets, however, you can see the actual rotation taking place if you know where to look.
Dr. James O’Donoghue, a British planetary scientist and former NASA scientist, runs the space-themed YouTube channel Interplanetary.
He regularly posts videos of space-related content, but his video about Jupiter may be our favorite yet.
According to NASA, Jupiter is the fifth planet in line from the Sun and also the “largest planet in the solar system – more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined.”
The stripes and swirls we’re familiar with seeing on the planet are actually clouds of ammonia and water, floating in an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium.
As turns out, you can watch the massive planet rotating in real-time thanks to Dr. O’Donoghue. In his nearly 10-hour-long video, you can watch Jupiter rotating. It’s not a time-lapse where the video is sped up to show movement. Instead, you can watch the changes fold out in real time!
Dr. O’Donoghue explains in the description:
“Jupiter rotates in 9 hours 55minutes and 30 seconds. It’s the fastest-rotating planet in the solar system as well as the largest! Larger planets tend to be faster because, during solar system formation, they pulled in more material than the other planets. The material it pulled in was already moving, so by picking up more material it also acquired its momentum, so more material = more speed!”
How fascinating is that?
Grab some popcorn, get comfortable, and check out the video below:Whizzco