Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Interesting Facts About Jupiter

  • Jupiter is the fourth brightest object in the sky (after the Sun, the Moon and Venus).
  • Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. 
  • Jupiter is big enough to fit 1000 Earths inside it.
  • Its diameter is 88,846 miles (142,984 km), more than 11 times that of Earth. 
  • Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, is the biggest moon in the Solar System.
  • Jupiter has over 60 known moons.
  • If Jupiter had been 80 times more massive nuclear fusion would have occurred in its core. Thus Jupiter would have become a star rather than a planet.
  • Jupiter's red spot is a giant storm which has raged for hundreds of years.
  • Jupiter's age is about the same age as the Sun's: 4.5 billion years.
  • Jupiter has the strongest gravitational field in the entire solar system.  Almost ¾ of the planetary matter found in this solar system are located within Jupiter’s field.
  • Auroral lights that are similar to the northern lights experienced on Earth can be seen emitting from Jupiter’s polar regions.


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