Cool Facts About the Planet Jupiter


It is true that there many big planets in the solar system. However, Jupiter remains to be the biggest among the nine planets in the universe. When you combine the entire planets, the overall size of it might be similar with the natural size of Jupiter. This planet was named after the King of the Roman gods who was Jupiter. The clouds in this planet come out with colored band called belts. As this planet has a powerful gravity, it can easily attract comets and other rocky elements that may pass near to it. With its strong gravity, this planet has been called as the “vacuum cleaner” of the solar system.

Jupiter’s Environment

Some astronomers believed that this planet is a star. However, it fails to create its own light. Until now, there are no answers why it happens and when this planet has been discovered. It is true that this is a stormy planet due to the strong storms that happened there for several years. The storms there can be easily found on its atmosphere.

There are many formations of storms and clouds in this planet. This is the reason why it is recognized as the colorful planet. It has a red spot that is visible enough when you look at its picture. This red spot is the gigantic and powerful storm that remains alive for almost 300 years. Aside from that, it is also called as the eye of Jupiter due to its shape.

Under the Surface

The reason why it is the biggest planet is that Jupiter doesn’t have a solid surface. Underneath of its atmosphere is a huge liquid ocean of water and hydrogen. The atmosphere here gets thicker until it becomes the part of the ocean. This only means that the ocean in this planet has no surface and it can make a boat or any light materials float. The sky of it becomes the ocean.

In the first glance, you will never notice that Jupiter has rings. Actually, the rings of it faded that’s why you can only see it when you see this planet passes towards the sun. With the light of the sun, you can see these rings so easy. It has three rings and these rings are named Halo, Gossamer, and Main.

The Moons of Jupiter

This planet has lots of moons. Actually there are 50 moons that revolve around it and it also has 12 provisional or unofficial moons. In 1610, Galileo named the largest moons which were Thebe, Himalia, Ananke, Lysithea, Adrastea, Metis, Leda, Elara, Sinope, Pasiphae, and Carme. In addition to, you can only see four moons in Jupiter along by using binoculars at night.

Jupiter spins rapidly that’s why it only takes 10 hours to reach night and day times. The main reason for this is that the middle part of it is usually stretched out. Moreover, this planet has an oblate spheroid shape. Only in Jupiter where you can see the largest moon around the solar system and this is the Ganymede. The size of it is larger than the size of the planet Mercury.


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