Skip to content
Skip to main content

About this free course


Download this course

Share this free course

An introduction to exoplanets
An introduction to exoplanets

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

6.2  Giant planets

Now take a look at these images of the giant planets.

An image of Jupiter.
Figure 19  Image of Jupiter taken by the Hubble Space Telescope showing the motion of its bands of clouds around the Great Red Spot
An image of Saturn and its rings.
Figure 20  A spectacular image of Saturn and its rings, taken by the Cassini spacecraft in early 2016
A false-colour image of Uranus in infrared light, showing its tilted ring system.
Figure 21  False-colour image of Uranus taken with the Hubble Space Telescope
An image of Neptune.
Figure 22  Neptune, snapped by Voyager 2 in 1989. The (enhanced) beautiful blue colour is due to the presence of methane in outer regions of the planet.

Here is a wonderful video of Jupiter [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] in which images taken by amateur astronomers have been animated.