Solar system has planets which are classified in to Jovian and terrestrial. These planets are classified according to their location general features and compositions. Alongside these objects on the space are other non planetary objects going round the sun. This essay explains the comparison in appearance of one Jovian planet (Jupiter), one terrestrial planet (Mercury) and one non planetary object (Moon) with the use of visible light and infrared.Jupiter has a very tiny and almost invisible object when viewed from earth using visible light. One most detailed image of Jupiter ever seen was approximated to be 60 kilometers across. Everything which can be seen on the planet is a cloud. There has been a persistent existence of white and reddish-brown bands and considerably large red spots despite heavy turbulence being experienced (Margate 33).The moon on the other side can be seen to be engulfed in big stones and grit which appear like gray minerals. As a result, there is poorer reflection of light from the moons surface as compared to that of the earth. The amount of light reflected by the Moon is a third of what the Earth is capable of due to its size as well as visual brightness. When the Moon and the Earth are both illuminated from the same distance, difference of about four stellar magnitudes is seen (Casoli and Lequeux 67).
The infrared (this is the electromagnetic radiation which is longer than that of the visible light and it is slightly smaller than the microwaves), as observed in the solar system, it is found around in the orbit and it was the infrared space observatory, (ISO).The ISO transmitted the information for the arrangement of the ellipse of the orbit, within a period of 24 hours, which enabled one to view them at a ground level. An organization (NASA), discovered the spitzer space telescope, which used the system of cooling energy emitted in form of particles or waves, where helped in the system of cooling unlike the other space infrared objects. It was sited to a place where there were no blockages of light from any object that may interfere with the light from stars.Moon under infrared, produces light I the night through infrared thus, emitting enough light. The night vision device works through the process of converting light photons into electrodes which are afterwards multiplied by chemicals and electrical thus producing the visible light. The infrared light is also used in the conversion of the night vision devices hence creating darkness in the night.
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Observation of Jupiter using infrared light is not possible. This is due to the fact that infrared wavelengths were absorbed by hydrogen and methane gases on its surface. That is why colors appear differently from when they are viewed using visible light. The absorption of light by gaseous layer surrounding Jupiter means that reflection occurs only of high altitude regions and not from intense clouds (Gehrels and Shapley 123).The appearance of the moon under infrared light generates clearer images. As compared to other images, the details of the moons surface can be sufficiently examined using infrared light. This is due to the perceived minerals present on the rocks found in moon's surface. Although the color is altered due to incident infrared rays, the images can be easily examined. Moon under infrared, produces light in the night through infrared thus, emitting sufficient light. The night vision device works through the process of converting light photons into electrodes which are afterwards multiplied by chemicals and electrical thus producing the visible light. The infrared light is also used in the conversion of the night vision devices hence creating darkness in the night.Proximity to the sun is another factor affecting the appearance on these objects under the views of various incidents rays present in electromagnetic spectrum (Miller 49).