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

Boysrock50
Inifnity/0 yup I just divided by 0 :P
reply 4 minutes
blakbutterfly
"hugebear" wrote:Hug[coughs]h :blush everyone does call me Huge and thats me real nickname ^I'm going to pretend that I didn't laugh at this. My real and fake name is Shazla. Wait, what's a 'fake' name?
reply 4 minutes
Boysrock50
is it hugh? I never knew! that rhymed :P
reply 4 minutes
hugebear
hugebear posted in Say Anything:
Infinty /10 :)
reply 7 minutes
hugebear
hugebear posted in Say Anything:
Hug[coughs]h :blush everyone does call me Huge and thats me real nickname
reply 7 minutes

play online games

Valantine-day-crossword-thumb

Valentine's Day is almost here! Time for candy, hearts, flowers, love and, of co...

Goodgameempire-thumb

Goodgame Empire is a great strategy title by Goodgame Studios. Build your own ca...

Black-history-month-crossword-pre

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the amazing contributions of African ...

Big-farm-thumb

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

Candy-cash-thumb

Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

Candy-100

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

_thumb_100x100

Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

Frostbox_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...