CU-Prime Talk

The CU-Prime talk series gives students and members of the broader community the opportunity to hear about the life of a grad student and learn about current research in STEM in a jargon-free way. Join us in person and enjoy free pizza, or visit the CU-Prime Talks website for livestream details.

This week's talk is "Juno and Jupiter: A Turbulent Affair" presented by Tobias Oliver

Abstract: Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System and is generally believed to be made up entirely of liquids and gases. Despite the many coherent structures on its surface, the atmosphere of Jupiter is remarkably turbulent and covered in storms, many of which are larger than the Earth. In 2011, the Juno mission was launched with the intention to probe the atmosphere and deeper structure of Jupiter. New results from Juno published in 2018 (Y. Kaspi et. al.) and 2021 (E. Galanti et. al.) suggest that Jupiter's characteristic bands (zones and belts) extend far deeper into the atmosphere than previously thought. I will discuss these results in the context of my own research in geophysical fluid dynamics, as well as some of the breathtaking photos taken by Juno. In addition, I'll talk about my own experiences as a graduate student and how I found myself in the Earth sciences despite knowing very little about planets or geology.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Duane Physics and Astrophysics, F1117 (11th floor, Gamow Tower)
2000 Colorado Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309

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