5 Interesting Facts about Jupiter

Picture of Jupiter taken by Cassini spacecraft

  1. Size: Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System. If we just compare the diameter of both Earth and Jupiter, Jupiter's diameter is 11.2 times the diameter of Earth. To be exact, the diameter of Jupiter is 142,984 km. 
  2. Mass: Jupiter is 318 times the mass of Earth. Even if we put together every planet in our Solar System, the mass of Jupiter would still be 2.5 times the mass of the all the planets combined.
  3. Gravity: Jupiter has the strongest gravity in our Solar System amongst the planets. The Escape Velocity of Jupiter is 214,300 km/hr compared to the Earth's Escape Velocity of 40,248 km/hr. This means that you should go faster than 214,300 km/hr to break free from the Jupiter's gravitational pull.
  4. Rotation: Jupiter is also the fastest spinning planet in our Solar System. Jupiter takes about 9 hours and 55 minutes spin around on its axis. This means that one day in Jupiter is only 10 hours long.
  5. The Great Red Spot: The Great Red Spot is a huge storm in Jupiter which has been around for almost 350 years. It was approximately 40,000 km in size, a century ago, which is the size of the Earth. But, scientists have found that it has been shrinking in size.

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