Jupiter

Mihira Gore

How did Jupiter get its name??

Jupiter was named after a Roman God who took his father (Saturn) throne and became a great king!

Fun Facts about Jupiter

- 64 moons

- largest planet in solar system

- 5th planet from sun

- gas giant

- fastest spinning planet in the solar system

- more than 1300 Earth's can fit in it


Physical Features

The Great Red Spot

The Great Red Spot has been around for 350 years! Below is a zoomed up shot of Jupiter's great red spot. This is Earth compared to the spot! Scientists believe that about 4 Earth's wil fit in the spot!
Interesting Fact- Jupiter is always shrinking

Scientists cannot determine if the Great Red Spot will ever truly vanish.

This red spot is a gigantic high pressure violent storm much like a Hurricane. It was discoreved by Robert Hooke in 1664.

Moons

Jupiter has 64 moons The largest are Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. These large moons are bigger than Pluto that once was a planet!! They were discovered by Galileo and can be seen by binoculars and a small telescope.

Rings???

Yes! Believe or not Jupiter has 4 rings like the picture below. The 4 are called..... The main ring, the halo ring, and the two gossamer rings.

Main Ring- Brightest

Halo Ring- looks like a donut

2 Gossamer Rings- very faint rings that overlap each other

Jupiter's Rings were first observed in 1979 by the Voyager spacecraft 1


Other small details

Jupiter also has alot of white spots on every part of the planet. Those are also giant storms. The colors represent chemical reactions happening in Jupiter's atmosphere

Jupiter's atmosphere

The atmosphere appears to be alternating bands of light regions called zones. The zones are very low in temperature. Jupiter's atmosphere is also made up of hydrogen and helium.

Interesting Fact- Jupiter's atmosphere has crystal light clouds floating in it which are 50 km think.

It takes Jupiter 12 years to orbit the sun since it is very far away from it. It orbits at 47,002 km per hour. Jupiter also rotates every 10 hours. A year on Jupiter is equal to 12 years on Earth.
Jupiter is 483,780,000 miles away from the sun and is the 5th planet away from it.