Interesting Jupiter Facts

Author : facts ride | Published On : 14 May 2022

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System and the fifth planet from the Sun. It is a gas giant with a mass that is more than two and a half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined, but is only about one-thousandth the mass of the Sun. Jupiter, after the Moon and Venus, is the third brightest natural object in the Earth's night sky, and it has been observed since prehistoric times. It was named after Jupiter, the Roman god and king of the gods. Jupiter is mostly made up of hydrogen, but helium accounts for one-quarter of its mass and one-tenth of its volume. It most likely has a rocky core of heavier elements[16], but it lacks a well-defined solid surface, as do the other giant planets in the Solar System. Jupiter's interior continues to contract, generating more heat than it receives from the Sun. The planet's shape is an oblate spheroid due to its rapid rotation, with a slight but noticeable bulge around the equator. The outer atmosphere is divided into latitudinal bands, with turbulence and storms forming along their interacting boundaries. The Great Red Spot, a massive storm that has been observed since at least 1831, is one notable result of this.Jupiter is encircled by a faint ring system and a powerful magnetosphere. Jupiter's magnetic tail is nearly 800 million km (5.3 AU; 500 million mi) long, spanning nearly the entire distance between Jupiter and Saturn's orbit. Jupiter has 80 known moons and possibly many more,including Galileo Galilei's four large moons discovered in 1610: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Io and Europa are roughly the size of the Earth's Moon; Callisto is nearly the size of Mercury, and Ganymede is larger.
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