Specialists in physics, astronomy, and meteorology takes us on a tour
of the wildest known weather phenomena both in our solar system and beyond,
where contrasting temperatures and chemical composition on alien planets and moons
can produce some truly extreme environmental action.
This is Adam Showman's episode, as his area of expertise is thoroughly
explored and showcased. Not only is he one of the behind-the-scenes
science consultants for this episode, but he gets the most screentime
by far of any of the interviewees.
This episode presents a top three countdown of wild phenomena
in four separate categories.
Contest Winners include:
Wildest Winds in the Universe
- 3. Jupiter's Jet Streams
- 2. Neptune
- 1. Hot Jupiter Exoplanets
Wildest Tornados in the Universe
- 3. Herbig-Haro Space Tornados
- 2. Martian Dust Devils
- 1. South Pole Double Vortex on Venus
"There's a giant upside-down twin tornado
permanently existing at the pole of Venus."
Wildest Rains in the Universe
- 3. Methane Rain of Titan
- 2. Sulfuric Acid Rain of Venus
- 1. Iron Rain of Brown Dwarf Failed Stars
Biggest Storms in the Universe
- 3. Neptune's Great Dark Spot
- 2. Saturn's Great White Spot/Ring
- 1. Jupiter's Great Red Spot
from the disc sleeve:
Wildest Weather in the Cosmos:
Imagine a tornado so powerful, it can form a planet. Or winds sweeping
across a planet at 6000 miles per hour.
How about rain... made of iron? Examine the weather happening every day
in our solar system and beyond, and discover what the weather out there
means for us here on Earth.
Uniquely for this episode, the chapter stops do not correspond to
the advertising commercial act breaks, but rather to the
various categories of top-three countdowns. Two thumbs up
for this move, as it is more logical and user-friendly.
- Motions in the Atmosphere
- Biggest Storms