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Q & A: Jupiter Tempereature

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
What is the coolest it gets on Jupiter? Celsius And what is the warmest it gets on Jupiter? Celsius
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A:
Jupiter is a gas planet and radiates more energy into space than it recieves from the sun. It gets its energy from the slow gravitational compression of the planet (and not fusion of hydrogen, which is most of what Jupiter's made of. Jupiter is too cold to ignite a fusion reaction). The core temperature is said to be 24,000 degrees Celsius and the tempereature at the top of Jupiters clouds is said to be -140 degrees Celsius. The temperature of the interior varies between these two extremes.

Here is with lots of information in addition to the temperatures, together with links to lots of good pictures of the planet and its satellites.

(published on 10/22/2007)

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