In this series of posts I will be talking about different parts of the Earth that we see on a very regular basis. On Monday I will be talking about the different houses that we can see in the sky above (see image). On Tuesday I will be going over the different features of Jupiter. Thursday we will be looking at the different houses that we can see in the Earth’s atmosphere (see image).
We can see different parts of the same planet, in different house. And this is important because it helps with our understanding of how we see the different features on different planets. When we look out of our window, the Earth, it often looks like it is a single mass of land running across a vast sea. And if you look out of our car, it would be the same with its own very distinct features.
Many of the same features that are visible from Earth appear at the same spots on the Earths surface as seen from Jupiter. But there are also the differences. Jupiter is a lot closer to the Earth than Earth is to the Sun, so the Sun never stops hitting Jupiter. So it is very hard for the Earth to detect a planet at the distance of Jupiter (only about 40,000 miles from the Earth). As a result, the Earths atmosphere is very thin.
This is why the atmosphere of Jupiter is so thick. There are also other features that are similar to Earth that also appear at the same spots on Jupiter. Jupiter has a strong magnetic field, because the Earths magnetic field is quite weak, and that makes Jupiter’s atmosphere much thicker. Jupiter also has a strong stellar wind that makes it a lot easier for the Sun to heat up the Earths atmosphere, giving it a thick atmosphere.
The Sun is the central star in our solar system. It is responsible for all of Earth’s energy. Like the Earth, it is also responsible for all of our magnetic fields.
Jupiter has an interesting and somewhat strange effect on the Earths magnetic field. The Earths magnetic field is made of only tiny magnetic fields that are tied to the Earths core. The Suns magnetic field is made of all of the Earths magnetic fields, but not tied to anything. That means that the Suns magnetic field can change the Earths magnetic field, which can cause the Earths fields to oscillate in and out of alignment.
This is what we call the Jupiter/Sun/Earth alignment. Jupiter is the big orange ball of rock that sits in the middle of our solar system between the Sun and the Earths sun. We theorize that this alignment is what causes the Earths magnetic field to oscillate, but we also think that it’s caused by the Suns magnetic field. The Suns magnetic field oscillates around it’s central point, which is also the core of the Sun.
But the alignment could also be caused by the Suns gravity. The way gravity works is that the Earths gravity pulls the Suns gravity inward, while the Suns gravity pulls the Earths gravity inward. So the Earths gravity causes the Suns gravity to oscillate about its central point, and this causes the Suns magnetic field to oscillate.
This could also be the reason why the Sun is so close to the Earth. If the Earths gravity were pulling the Suns gravity inward, then the Suns magnetic field would oscillate around its central point too.
In fact, the Sun’s magnetic field is thought to be made of a plasma of ions and electrons. This means that the Sun’s magnetic field is also made of a plasma of particles, which means that every point on the Sun’s surface is a plasma of particles. Each particle has an individual charge that determines its position in the Sun’s magnetic field.