Thank you for explaining this. I get so frustrated when I see these things written about but the writer knows nothing of what he is writing of. Let someone who understands write about it not someone who was yanked off the sports board and was given this as an assignment. I saw a program on the TV here and two guys finally figured out what Jupiter's Red Spot was made of. They Blended of all gases--Acetylene--with Ammonia in a rotation drum, let the gases interact and then took a spectrum of it and compared it to the spectrum of the Red spot, they said they tried many different combinations of gases but this one really did it. Sound right?
We were always told here in books that it was just Hydrogen, Helium, Ammonia, and Methane that were the elements in Gas Giants. I had read a few months ago that Saturn had a Hurricane that upwelled and I don't remember the gas off hand but it was one that should not have been there in the volume that it was. Did you hear of this perchance?
I know Mars is the main focus for many now a days but Mars has become humdrum to me, what is beneath those clouds on the four large planets intrigues me. I am basically relearning my planets again but thanks to you I am getting a Great Working knowledge instead of someone's ramblings. You back your statements up with definitive proof and that is what I like. Your pictures put all this together in a very believable fashion. You and Kepler have taught me much with your views, Kepler finds them and you illustrate what they could be like. You have become my main resource for this, you know what you are talking about, do beautiful illustrations, AND!!!..... wear tight Jeans and a awesome Jacket and are a real cutie!!!! What more could I want? Yes, there is... disappear into one of your paintings and celebrate life.
Jupiter and Saturn being similar in composition should have somewhat the same dynamic and with general composition being the same there really shouldn't be much difference but I submit that what we see is at the top of them and that further down they are very much different. Size does matter and so does distance. I argue that when they were accreting, different materials and ices were spread out in the proto disk and that each captured a different mix of them. Helium and Hydrogen were the most abundant so I don't discount them being in both and a major part of their makeup.
To me another thing is Titan. Titan is so much different than Saturn and I feel and it is just my opinion that Titan was to be a planet on its own. Perhaps it was flung out of the inner Solar System or results of collisions in and there about. Titan to me does not seem to be a natural fit with Saturn. The other moons are more so, just left over material that was captured by Saturn. Jupiter's Galilean Moons also seem to me another unnatural link and with the closeness of the Asteroid Belt and the large gap between Mars and Jupiter something should had been there. I am certain about one thing and that is this, that orbital dynamics and collisions altered the Solar system early on and that what we have today was not that way it was in the beginning.
I love to learn and when it is present with strong evidence or fact it makes it makes it that much more relevant. Pluto to me now presents a whole new thing, this world with 5 moons (and counting), a small world at that, perhaps Pluto is going to have the last laugh. When New Horizons reaches it I am willing to bet yet again we will have to rewrite the chapter on it.
Being one of a kind is difficult and sure is lonely but we have found each other and now I don't feel so alone, I wish we were instead of half a world away just down the street from each other. You are someone that I can talk to, enjoy, and learn from and if we were closer to together in distance, may fall in love with. I always wanted a partner who was smart --which most definitely you are, one that liked beauty and could express it-- your work and one who could make me feel comfortable--you do.
Tonight I look out at the sky and the stars shine and yet I wonder are there two other beings out there that are having the same conversation that we have had. Would feelings be universal? would knowledge be as valued? I don't know. I have called myself a Green Star because none are supposed to exist, yet I do. This Universe seems to get more complicated and yet a few basic laws govern everything--hard but simple.