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Planet Jupiter; Some Things You Might Not Know

Some Facts About the Fifth Planet from the Sun.


Jupiter, 5th Planet in our Solar System

Facts

1. You can fit 318 planet Earth’s inside of Jupiter. That is huge. Not only can you fit over three hundred Earth’s inside of Jupiter but Jupiter’s mass is 2.5 the mass of the rest of the planets combined.

2. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is actually a storm that has been raging for more than 350 years but it is getting smaller in size. Astronomer Cassini first viewed the Great Red Spot in 1655.

3. Jupiter has 63 know satellites. My personal favorite moon is Io. Io has active vulcanism and produces lava flows, volcanic pits, and plumes of sulfur and sulfur dioxide hundreds of miles high. This volcanic activity was discovered in 1979 by Voyager 1.

But perhaps the most important fact about Jupiter that I want to make you aware of is that this month you can see it with your naked eye. Jupiter is the brightest “star” in the night sky during November.


Courtesy EarthSky.org

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