Weather In Outer Space
Does it really rain diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter, like Jaden Smith tells us? Find out today as you explore the wildest weather in the universe, create your own planet, and imagine yourself as a weather-wielding superhero.
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What is one example of wild weather on another planet that we don't have here on earth?
If you were a researcher who could uncover the answer to any question you wanted, what is one thing you would want to know about other planets?
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The other planets in our universe are home to some wild weather—from raining diamonds (yup) to 400 years of rain. Get ready for some startling discoveries.
It's Raining Diamonds
Start your exploration of other planets right here, with an explanation of those "raining diamonds" we've heard so much about.
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Ready for more weather in outer space? Wow your family and friends with some shocking facts about wacky weather on other planets after watching this.
The Red Spot Storm
Jupiter's "Red Spot" storm has been raging in a single spot for 400 years. (That's a lot of thunder.) Let's take a closer look.
Rocky Planet Weather
Do other planets have weather? They sure do. But it isn't the same as our weather. Take a tour of the weather on the "rocky planets" in our solar system.
Gas Planet Weather
Today, you're the creator (and weather forecaster!) of your own planet.
Imagine Your Own Planet
Take inspiration from weather on other planets and design your own planet.
Choose your adventure:
1) Draw a picture of your planet (including details that show what the weather is like) or
2) Imagine you are a meteorologist on your planet. What's the weather forecast for the week? Set up a weekly weather forecast and pretend you're on the nightly news, presenting your report.
Either way, be sure to give your planet a name!
If you could have any kind of weather-related superpower, what would it be? It could be related to weather here on Earth or elsewhere. (Would you stop tornadoes? Make it rain diamonds? Use a lightning bolt to power the planet?) Remember, most superheroes are trying to solve a problem, like Batman protecting the people of Gotham when the police weren't. What problem would your superpower solve?
Now get moving and act out a scene from your superhero story. (Try taking it outside, if you can do so safely!)
Remember: Make sure to give your superhero a name.