Facts About Jupiter

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Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and is the largest planet of our solar system. Jupiter is named after the king of the Roman gods also popularly known as the ruler of Olympus.  Jupiter is a popular planet to study in our solar system.

Some of the facts about Jupiter include:

Fact 1 : Jupiter is the fourth brightest object in the solar system.

Fact 2: Jupiter is known as the massive planet in the solar system. The mass of Jupiter is 318 times the mass of the Earth.

Fact 3: Jupiter is the fastest-moving planet in our solar system. Jupiter is spinning on its axis at a rapid rate that it takes only 10 hours to complete 1 full rotation.

Fact 4: Many of us would not know that Jupiter has rings. The rings of Jupiter were the third set of rings discovered in the solar system. The rings are not as dark as the rings around Saturn.

Fact 5: The storms and clouds seen around the planet Jupiter are about 50 km thick. The clouds consists of ammonia crystals divided into two separate levels of clouds.

Fact 6: One of the most familiar features of Jupiter is the bright, red spot which is approximately 350 years old. The red spot was discovered by Giovanni Cassini. The red spot stretches about 40,000 km and is currently shrinking.

Fact 7: Jupiter has the strongest magnetic field in our solar system.

Fact 8: Jupiter is made up of 84% hydrogen and about 15% helium with very small amounts of other vapor constituents like: ethane, methane, phosphine, and ammonia.

Fact 9: Jupiter emits a strong field of radiographic radiation that can be easily detected on Earth.

Fact 10: Jupiter has around 60 satellites also known as moons. It also has the biggest moon called Ganymede which is bigger than Mercury and Pluto in the  solar system.

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