Did you know there’s a Great Dark Spot on Neptune? It’s a big storm like the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, but smaller. The gaseous planets are covered in clouds. To help understand why we made clouds in a jar. This was a very easy activity. You put hot water in a jar and add a lit match. Cover the opening of the jar with a bag of ice and watch the cloud form.
Can you see the mist escaping once the bag is removed?
Give us a smile, Ladybug!
Jitterbug insisted we had to do it a second time. He loved watching the cloud form. Love how he climbed up on the table to get the closest possible view.
So what does this have to do with the clouds on the gaseous planets? The gas giants have a hot inner core, gases rise from it but once they hit the cold atmosphere they cool and clouds form. Of course, the clouds on the gas giants aren’t made of water like they are here. Easy science project, fun for mum too because it was so easy and not at all messy!