Jupiter, the king of the planets, can be seen by the naked eye.
- Jupiter is the fourth brightest ‘star/light’ in the sky and is made from gases and liquids.
- Jupiter is named after the king of the Roman gods (Jupiter), due to the way it shines brightly and the way it moves among the stars.
- Jupiter has more than 67 moons and counting. The first four moons of Jupiter were discovered in 1610 by Italian astronomer, Galileo.
- The first close-up photo of Jupiter was taken in 1973 by the space probe Pioneer 10. The first rings were discovered by the space probe Voyager 1 in 1979 and are made from the dust of Jupiter’s inner moons.
- Jupiter is averagely 778 330 000 km (483 340 000 miles) away from the sun.
Photo courtesy of NASA – NSSDC (Broken Link)
- On Jupiter, 1 day (rotation) takes 9.83 earth hours and 1 year (Jupiter’s orbit of the sun) takes 11.86 earth years, the orbit being an almost perfect circle.
- Jupiter is the heaviest planet and weighs approximately 317.89 times of Earth’s mass and its diameter is 142 984 km (88 793 miles).
- The colour of the clouds of Jupiter are orange, brown, red, cream and white. The winds on Jupiter are caused from the heat of the sun and there is a storm raging on the planet called the Great Red Spot.
- The magnetic field of Jupiter is ten times stronger than Earth’s field.
- Jupiter gives off strange radio signals and produces lots of heat.