Segments in this Video

Jupiter's Jet Streams (06:30)


Weather is the state of an atmosphere. All weather starts with heat, the catalyst that starts winds. Jupiter has about 30 jet streams that rip around the planet, going in opposite directions. Heat from Jupiter rises and collides with cooler air.

Wild Weather on Neptune (04:11)

Neptune is a frigid cold ,planet, yet clouds travel around Neptune at ferocious speeds. It is the windiest planet in the solar system, with winds as high as 1,000-1,500 mph. Scientists suspect that there is internal heat leftover from Neptune's formation.

Winds on Hot Jupiters (03:57)

Hot Jupiters are a class of exoplanets that are in close orbits around their stars. All this heat generates powerful winds raging around the planet at speed up to 6,000 mph.

Space Tornado (02:05)

A space tornado is a shock wave created by a jet of material slamming into a cloud of interstellar gas and dust at more than 100 miles per second, heating the cloud and causing it to glow.

Martian Dust Devils (04:36)

Actual images of Martian dust devils show that they are similar to tornadoes on Earth. Scientists study vortex formation in a giant simulator.

Vortexes on Venus (02:49)

Storms are always present on Venus, making very interesting vortex formations. Venus has two giant vortexes rotating in opposite directions.

Titan: Methane Rain (04:11)

Weather takes many strange forms in space, even rain. On Titan, one of Saturn's moons, Earth-like seas and lakes contain pure methane, thus Titan's rain is also methane.

Sulfuric Acid Rain (01:56)

Rainstorms on Venus happen 30 miles above the surface in cloud beds. Sulfuric rain falls to the surface.

Iron Rain (03:03)

Brown dwarfs are failed stars; however, they have very high temperatures of over 3,000 degrees. As iron vapors rise, they cool, solidify, and turn to sand. These grains fall at 70-100 mph, not unlike the speed of a sandblaster.

Space Storms: Neptune's Great Dark Spot (02:32)

Storms require temperature differences. Neptune's great dark spot flies around the planet counterclockwise. It appears to be a storm, but scientists do not know what causes it or why it is black.

Space Storms: Saturn's Great White Spot (01:50)

Saturn's great white spot is a storm that occurs every 30 years. Eventually, the storm covers Saturn's entire equator.

Space Storms: Jupiter's Great Red Spot (03:40)

Jupiter's great red spot is the largest storm in the solar system--twice the size of Earth itself. It has been churning for at least 300 years. Wind speeds reach 300 mph.

Weather on Earth and in Space (01:06)

By studying weather in outer space, humans learn more about weather on Earth. In the context of familiar processes in unfamiliar settings, it is possible to test human understanding of what is happening.

Credits: Wildest Weather in the Cosmos (00:24)

Credits: Wildest Weather in the Cosmos

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This program considers worlds where weather can include iron rain, sustained winds of 6,000 miles per hour, and tornados so powerful that they could form a planet. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. A part of the series The Universe. (45 minutes)

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL43172

Copyright date: ©2008

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