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Amazing Facts About Jupiter

Sunday, Aug 16, 2020, 4:54 pm

1.Jupiter: The Fastest Spinning Planet

Jupiter doesn't let its large size get in the way of its movement. The planet takes 10 hours to do a full rotation on its axis.Due to the rapid way the planet spins, it has flattened substantially. Scientists say that Jupiter's equator is more than 4,600 km further from the center than the poles. The planet's rapid rotation also helps generate its powerful magnetic fields.

2.Jupiter Has 63 Moons

Jupiter has a total of 63 named satellites, which are also known as Jupiter's moons. The majority of these satellites are less than 10 kilometers in diameter. These moons were discovered after 1975, when the first spacecraft arrived on Jupiter. One of its moons, Ganymede, is the largest satellite in the Solar System, measuring 5262 km across.

3.Jupiter Clouds Are only 50km Thick

Jupiter is filled with various storms and clouds Those clouds may look mighty dense, but they are only 50km thick, which is just about 2 inches. These clouds are composed ofammonia crystals split into two different cloud decks. Underneath Jupiter's many cloudsis just hydrogen and helium, all the way down.

4.Origin Of the 'Jupiter' Name

Jupiter was known by the astronomers of ancient times and it's because of the planet's history why it ended up with its name. The planet Jupiter was named by the Romans. The planet was named after the Roman god, who overthrew his father, Saturn. The Roman god Jupiter later became the king of thegods.

5.Jupiter's Red Spot

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a large anti-cyclonic storm similar to a hurricane on Earth. It was first detected by a telescope and noted by Giovanni Cassini, who declared it in 1665. One-hundred years ago the Red Spot was 25,000 miles across. Even though it is still large, the spot has since shrunk to half the size.

6.Jupiter's spacecraft Visits

In 1973, the first spacecraft to visit Jupiter was the Pioneer 10 space probe--the first craft to get close enough to Jupiter to send back revelations about the assets and phenomena of the planet. Since then, the planet has only been visited by a spacecraft eight times. The Voyager 1 & 2, Pioneer 11, Ulysses and the Cassini are some of the other crafts that have done a Jupiter flyby mission.

7.Time On Jupiter

Jupiter may be a large planet, but time seems to drag on. Scientists have determined that one day on Jupiter is about the same length of time as 10 Earth hours. Additionally, one year on Jupiter is about the same length of time as 12 years on Earth. Living on Jupiter would be perfect for women who want to pretend they are younger.


8.Jupiter Can Be Seen Without a Telescope

Chances are, you've probably mistaken Jupiter for a star. Though the planet is 483, 800,000 miles from the sun, the planet can be seen from Earth without using a telescope. Because of its enormous size, Jupiter is usually the fourth brightest object in the Solar System, after Venus and the moon.

9.Jupiter's Rings

They aren't noticeable at first glance, but Jupiter does have rings. The faint planetary ring system is made up of three main segments-an inner torus of particles known as the halo, a relatively bright main ring, and an outer gossamer ring. Scientists say the rings are made from dust, rather than ice.


10.Jupiter's Magnetic Field

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System and the most powerful. The planet has an extremely powerful magnetic field. If a human being went to Jupiter, they would weigh two and a half times as much as they would on Earth. Of course they probably wouldn't be able to survive due to the planet's current state, but an interesting tidbit to keep in mind.

11.Jupiter is Not Solid

It may look like it from far away, but Jupiter is not a solid entity like planet Earth. Jupiter is primarilycomposed of dense clouds of poisonous gases. The planet is covered with colored bands around it. The bands are caused by the gases being whipped around by the fast spin of the planet.


12.Jupiter's Size

Earth and Mars get all of the attention, but Jupiter will always be the reigning king of the Solar System. Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun. It is the largest planet and is two and a half times the mass of all the other planets in the Solar System. Jupiter is 318 times larger than Earth.


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