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If you think you know everything about the planet Jupiter, here’s a list of the top fifteen most interesting facts, see how many you know!
- Jupiter is the 5th planet from the Sun.
- Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system, with a diameter of 142,984 KM.
- It is classed as a gas giant, as is Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
- The Romans named the planet after the Roman God, Jupiter.
- From Earth, Jupiter is the third brightest object in the night sky, after the moon and Venus.
- Jupiter is mainly composed from hydrogen and helium. It also has a rocky core of heavier elements.
- A staggering 64 moons orbit Jupiter!
- The four largest moons are called the Galilean Moons, as they were discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610.
- Jupiter’s largest moon is called Ganymede, and has a greater diameter then the planet Mercury.
- The giant red spot on Jupiter is a persistent storm that is larger than Earth! This is known to have been in existence since 1655. Now that is a long storm…
- These rings are made from dust, rather than ice, like the rings of Saturn.
- The magnetic field of Jupiter is some fourteen times stronger than that of Earth’s, making it the strongest in the solar system.
- The average distance from Jupiter to the Sun is about 778 million KM, which is nearly 5.2 times the distance from Earth to the Sun.
- Jupiter’s rotation is the fastest of all the planets in the Solar System. It completes a full rotation in less than 10 hours.
- Jupiter completes a rotation of the Sun every 11.86 years.