Jupiter: The Giant Planet

2007, Science  -   15 Comments
Ratings: 6.30/10from 10 users.

Jupiter: The Giant PlanetWe journey half a billion miles from the earth's surface to a mini solar system of over 60 moons rotating around a powerful planet of gas.

Its flowing colors and spots hold strange beauty, but contain violent storms and jet streams.

Could this big, bright ball of turbulent weather have been the star of Bethlehem?

Could one of its moons harbor life beneath its icy crust?

Jupiter, the giant planet, is the king of many questions concerning our solar system and could possibly hold the answers.

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15 Comments / User Reviews

  1. kennethone

    Stopped watching after they mentioned "Human landing on Jupiter". Seriously history channel? Go back to making shows about aliens

  2. Ayoub Nijim

    "Could this planet be the star of Bethlehem?"... seriously?

  3. madscirat

    Nothing like seeing science down graded for m*rons. Loved the bit about the hot hydrogen balloon on Jupiter.

    "And we all know how dangerous it is to heat hydrogen...." (shows picture of Hindenburg)


    1. Giacomo della Svezia

      Well noticed. : )
      I have always been fascinated by the gas giants. I had no idea what it would look like on the planet's surface. I can't say this doco wasn't informational, but the emphasis seemed to be more on making the maximum impression on the viewer; the sound effects and music were really tiresome: it just never stops. That was a bit disappointing. I'd prefer a bit more informational and a whole lot less noise. Turning the volume lower will make it bearable to watch.
      The assumption that Jupiter was the star of Bethlehem when it aligned with Saturn may be interesting to historians studying biblical history, I couldn't care less.
      The doco i.m.o. lingered a little too long on the technology in the probe that will be brought to the moon Europa.
      The metheorology of Jupiter may still have mysteries, but I'm sure science will create a working model for the 'weather' system (or should I say systems?).

  4. Winston Smith

    I can't believe that a science doc like this asks, "Could this have been the star of Bethlehem?" -as if that were a historical event when it wasn't.

    1. maestro_kelley

      There is more evidence to show that it was a historical event, than there is to show it wasn't. Why say it wasn't an historical event when you have not presented proof to support your claim.

    2. Sieben Stern

      there are was of knowing if jupiter was visible and if it went though retrograde at the right time (it would have to appear to 'stop' for a bit) - you just need a first hand source that jesus even existed with a birth day and year. which no one has.

      more likely retrograde motion inspired this part of the story which was itself, a work of fiction.

  5. Steve

    If we are to believe that during any Big Bang the gas of our solar system evaporated leaving only the pebbles to gather and create our planets due to their increasing gravitational, how would you figure enough gas could pull together and sustain the huge gravity that Jupiter has if not maintained by a rocky center? If it's a ball of gases, where's the gravity coming from? I'm sorry but I think there's more to the story of Jupiter than even the scientist know or are not telling us.

    1. Fake Name

      Perhaps I'm misunderstanding you, but let me point out a few facts. One: "the big bang" describes the expansion of the universe, not solar system formation mechanics. Two: Nothing evaporated from our solar system at any time, evaporation only occurs within an atmosphere. Three: the center of Jupiter is a funny kind of gas, not typical in state as it is under extremely high pressure from the immense (to put it mildly) pressure of the huge amounts of gas that make up the planet. The gas is actually in a state like that of a metal. Four: Gravity comes from anything with mass, including gas in space regardless of its density. The denser the object the more gravity it will exert on any other massive object like black holes that while having no matter we can see, exert such a powerful gravitational field we must conclude they are extremely massive and dense. Consider a Neutron star, it has collapsed under the pressure of gravity to the point that it is only "propped up" against completely collapsing by the nuclear force and is so dense a teaspoon full of its matter would weigh 10s of billions of tons on earth.I encourage you to keep looking for answers as mine may not be total accurate but should point you in the right direction, happy video hunting.

  6. spanner1

    id like to propose jupiters spot could be an inmact froma spinning asteroid of some sort

  7. Joe Johnson

    Most people with a basic knowledge of the solar system will not learn a whole lot about Jupiter from this piece. The contributors are not very eloquent as well in their explanations of the various phenomena that occur on and around the giant planet. I consider too many of these contributors to be a bit of a distraction in the visuals. Also some of the animations are unnecessary and are a bit amateurish. I would rate it as a 2 out of 5.

    1. Anthony Pirtle

      Unfortunately most people don't have a basic knowledge of the solar system.

  8. justin

    very good documantery

  9. Charles B.

    Very good documentary! Worth the watching.

  10. Dave

    That was actually very interesting. I'm glad to have watched it.