High Winds of Neptune: A Possible Mechanism

  title={High Winds of Neptune: A Possible Mechanism},
  author={V. Suomi and S. S. Limaye and D. Johnson},
  pages={929 - 932}
  • V. Suomi, S. S. Limaye, D. Johnson
  • Published 1991
  • Environmental Science, Medicine, Physics
  • Science
  • Neptune receives only 1/900th of the earth's solar energy, but has wind speeds of nearly 600 meters per second. How the near-supersonic winds can be maintained has been a puzzle. A plausible mechanism, based on principles of angular momentum and energy conservation in conjunction with deep convection, leads to a regime of uniform angular momentum at low latitudes. In this model, the rapid retrograde winds observed are a manifestation of deep convection, and the high efficiency of the planet's… CONTINUE READING
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