FACTS ABOUT JUPITER

JUPITER

1. ​LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
     Jupiter is the 5th planet from the Sun
     at approximately 484 million miles or
     better said as 5.2 AU.

​2. A TRUE BEHEMOTH
     Jupiter is by far the largest planet in
     our solar system and is over 300
     times the mass of Earth. In fact Jupiter
     is more than twice the size than the 
     rest of the planets combined.

3.  STORM OF THE CENTURY
     Talk about bad weather, the giant red
     spot on Jupiter is actually a massive 
     storm that has been raging for over
     a century and is twice the size of
     Earth.

4. NEIGHBORS GALORE
     Jupiter and Saturn are tied at 53
     confirmed moons. But the numbers
     will change, as Saturn is currently
     awaiting confirmation on 9 others 
     which would bring its total to 62.
     Jupiter is awaiting the confirmation
     of an additional 14 moons which
     would bring its total to 67 moons.

5. MOSTLY GAS
     Not only is Jupiter the biggest of the 
     gas giants but it is almost entirely gas, 
     meaning it has no Earth like surface.
     Scientists believe that if it even has a
     core, it would be no bigger than the 
     Earth.

6.  LIFES POSSIBILITY
     Though there is no possibility of  
     life on the gas giant, it's moons
     may hold a better chance. Scientists
     recently discovered that some of the
     moons may have oceans under their
     crusts which may have life in them.

​7. SHORTER DAYS LONGER YEARS
     If you're ever running out of day to get
     the job done then you wouldn't want
     to be on Jupiter. It's days are only
     10 hrs. long, but it's year may not be
     as long as Neptunes but you still will
     be waiting 12 Earth yrs. before 1
     Jupiter year comes to pass.

8.  A FAINT SYSTEM
     It wasn't until 1979 when the Voyager
     spacecraft clued us in on Jupiter
     actually having a faint ring system.
     Jupiter is one of four planets in our
     solar system that has rings.
Looking out beyond the iron and rock core an atmosphere of metal shimmers with bright light. A force is felt but not seen and yet gas and liquid is not distinctive. As ascendence progresses the clouds appear. Clouds, that if their mass were greater would have led to the creation of a binary star. Now the haze is clear and vision is that of only the super giant, Jupiter.

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JUPITER