Published on Apr 20, 2017

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Jupiter is an immense gaseous world – the largest planet in our solar system – and has about 89,000 miles on the equator. It’s true that the “King Planet” is so great that all other planets in the family of our sun can fit in it – in fact, more than 1000 Earth would fit inside Jupiter! A huge red spot on Jupiter, according to many scientists, is the most important characteristic as it is swirled into the surface layer of the deposited atmosphere of Jupiter.

Astronomers reported that the famous Jupiter trademark “The Great Red Spot,” which revolves against a cyclone storm larger than our planet has decreased and shrunk to the smallest size ever measured!

Jupiter is a star in composition. If Jupiter has been about 80 times more massive than it is, it would have ignited a fiery star – instead of becoming a huge gaseous planet.


The Great Red Spot

The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a strong storm – the largest in our Solar System. It unfolds like dark red spots, surrounded by layers of white, pale orange and yellow. The strong winds that blow around the storm, gusts of wind were measured to several hundred miles per hour, according to NASA astronomers.

Jupiter and Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn are a remarkable planet surrounded by a giant gas duo of our eight major planets, Uranus and Neptune are fewer ice-giants. Jupiter and Saturn are very different from the four rocky inner planets of the terrestrial group that revolves around our star – Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars – and their strange characteristics and complex history forming the subject of serious discussion in the planetary scientific community.

Distance from Sun

Jupiter is the fifth planet from our Sun and its average distance from it is about 5.2 astronomical units (AU). One AU is equal to the average distance between the Earth and our Sun (which is about 93 million miles), so the distance from Jupiter is slightly more than five times the distance between our planet and its fiery star. When viewed from Earth, Jupiter is usually the second brightest planet in the sky – after Venus. It bears the name of Jupiter, the king of the Roman Gods.

The planet itself has been known since prehistoric times, like shiny, tiny lights in the sky. Jupiter is the fourth by the brightness of the body shone in the darkness of the night sky above the Earth.

Jupiter Rotation

Jupiter rotates faster than any other planet in our solar system. Spin – spin or – one day. The day of Jupiter is only about 10 hours of terrestrial summer time, and its orbit has an elliptical shape (not round or oval shape). Jupiter takes 12 Earth years to complete one revolution around our star, so one year Jupiter is equivalent to a dozen years on Earth.


The temperature in the clouds of Jupiter is really cold minus 234 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature near the center of the planet, however, is much hotter. In fact, the core temperature of Jupiter can be about 43,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It is more than the surface of the Sun.

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