Low-latitude thermal structure of Jupiter in the region 0.1–5 bars

D. M. Hunten, M. Tomasko, L. Wallace

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The radiative heat flux from 0.1 to 10 bars is estimated on the basis of a “two-cloud” scattering model that fits available spectral data and Pioneer photometry. Deeper than a few bars, the flux is 4.5 W m−2, compared with the 18.8 W m−2 used in an earlier study by Trafton and Stone. A temperature profile is computed, with the H2 pressure-induced opacity; the temperature at 1 bar is found to be 156°K, rather than the commonly accepted 170°K. An additional optical depth of unity at the 0.67-bar level could restore the conventional value; otherwise a considerably cooler atmosphere is a serious possibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-152
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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