Jupiter's Atmosphere: Its Structure and Composition

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Science  16 Jun 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3781, pp. 1489-1494
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3781.1489


Recent laboratory and observational data support the hypothesis that the composition of Jupiter's atmosphere is consistent with the relative abundances of the elements found in the sun. A model based on this assumption provides a reasonable interpretation of abundances of hydrogen and other gases obtained from studies of various regions of the planet's spectrum. Two presently unidentified absorptions may be caused by organic molecules in the Jovian atmosphere.