Kw-logo-smaller

Planet Overview - Jupiter

Picture of the giant red spot on Jupiter's surface.
Jupiter
Europa is one of Jupiter's 60 moons.
Europa

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and it is the fifth planet from the Sun. Since all the planets are named after gods, we have to tell you which one Jupiter is. Jupiter is from Roman mythology and is the equivalent to Zeus from Greek mythology.

Jupiter - What It's All About

Jupiter is a planet made mostly of gases. It is part of a group sometimes called the Jovian planets (gas giants). This planet has no solid surface. Jupiter is sometimes called a failed star because it is made up entirely of gases. It would, however, have to be much larger in size than it is today to be qualified as a star. Jupiter has about 60 moons but the four largest moons were discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610. The moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto were discovered using a telescope and are now called the Galilean moons. This was also the first observation of moons other than Earth's.

There is one feature of Jupiter that is very distinct. Jupiter has something called the Great Red Spot. While this feature looks something like a big ketchup smudge on the planet, it is actually a very, very big hurricane. The spot was first discovered by Cassini (an Italian astronomer) in 1665. That means the storm has lasted hundreds of years. Even from Earth, you can see the spot using a telescope. The storm is bigger than three Earths put together. Scary, huh?

Jupiter - Fun Facts

  • Jupiter is the fourth brightest object in the sky.
  • Jupiter is 2.5 times bigger than all the planets combined.
  • This giant is 318 times the size of Earth.
  • If you weigh a hundred pounds on Earth, you would weigh 236 pounds on Jupiter.
  • A day on Jupiter is less than 11 hours.
  • It takes Jupiter about 12 Earth years to go around the Sun.
Related Stories:
>
>

readers voted!

Comments

krystalkristina123
how u love Jupiter and you've never been there :confused :big frown
commented: Sun Sep 28, 2014

Gnomes

Gnomes wrote:

im confused it didnt help with my project
commented: Wed Nov 13, 2013

Gnomes

Gnomes wrote:

im confused
commented: Wed Nov 13, 2013

there are 8 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

F1142970339031

Who's Your Favorite Giant?

  • King Kong.
  • New York Giants.
  • Rubeus Hagrid from Harry Potter.
  • Big Foot.

related stories

Uranus is always picked on. It isn't named after a body part. And here's another tip. It's not pr...
Even though 70 per cent of our planet is covered in water, we can only use one percent of it. Ea...
Venus has mountains, valleys and volcanoes just like Earth. But before you pack your bags, read o...

Random in the forums

BeMyBae
BeMyBae posted in Say Anything:
Why join chat when all you say is that you're bored? O.o
reply 14 minutes
Charulata
Charulata posted in Say Anything:
ethnicitY
reply 26 minutes
AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Debating:
The state of being offensive is subject to whether it is offensive, or if one would take offense to it. Quite honestly I would say yes, it is offensive, because it is offensive. But not because people find it offending emotionally, but find it offensive socially.
reply 27 minutes
kayshay
kayshay posted in Debating:
"sasukeslife1" wrote:The only reason I can think is because the ages after 12 (13-19) have the suffix teen. 11 and 12 are just before the "teens" start so they are called preteens. truu
reply about 1 hour
AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Debating:
because people think that 13 is a magic maturity number. It's actually 14 3/4's.
reply about 1 hour

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

Big_icon_(7)

Have you ever fancied being a ranger like those fantasy characters you love so m...

Hour-of-code-tumb

Millions of Students will be doing an Hour of Code with Tynker December 8th-14th...

Big_icon_(4)

You run across the city in a car chase with the police officers.

Big_icon_(6)

The evil master kidnapped all of your friends!