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Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures

Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures

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Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System. It is a giant planet with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun, but two and a half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined. Jupiter and Saturn are gas giants; the other two giant planets, Uranus and Neptune are ice giants. Jupiter was known to astronomers in ancient times. The Romans named it after their god Jupiter. When viewed from Earth, Jupiter can reach an apparent magnitude of −2.94, bright enough for its reflected light to cast shadows, and making it on average the third-brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus.



Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Jupiter is wide enough to fit 11 Earths across its clouded disk.
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Jupiter is a gas-giant planet and therefore does not have a solid surface. Jupiter may have a solid, inner core about the size of Earth.
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Jupiter has more than 50 known moons with many more awaiting confirmation of discovery.
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Jupiter has a faint ring system that was discovered in 1979 by the Voyager 1 mission. All four giant planets in our solar system have ring systems.


Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a gigantic storm (bigger than Earth) that has been raging for hundreds of years.
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Jupiter's moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io, Europa,
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Jupiter's moons
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Jupiter, Jupiter's moons, Earth, Earth's moon, Mercury,
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Many missions have visited Jupiter and its system of moons.The next major mission will explore Jupiter's moon Europa.
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
Jupiter cannot support life as we know it. However, some of Jupiter's moons have oceans underneath their crusts that might support life.
Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
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Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
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Solar system - Jupiter - In pictures
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