What Is the Large Equatorial Bulge of Jupiter?

By Christopher Snead

Jupiter's rotation rate of ten hours is so fast that centrifugal acceleration causes the equator to bulge out more than the polar regions. Find out about the large equatorial bulge of Jupiter with help from an experienced graduate student in this free video clip.

Transcript

I'm Christopher Snead, a graduate student at UCLA's Department of Earth and Space Sciences and today I'm going to be talking about the equatorial bulge on Jupiter. Jupiter's rotation rate of ten hours is so fast that centrifugal acceleration causes the equator to bulge out more than the polar regions. This bulge causes the shape of Jupiter to be an oblate spheroid which means that if you look at it from the side, it looks more like an oval than it does a circle. I'm Christopher Snead, a graduate student at UCLA's Department of Earth and Space Sciences. Thanks for watching.