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Who is Jupiter, the largest planet in our Solar System, named after?

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The Romans knew of seven bright objects in the sky: the Sun, the Moon and the five brightest planets. They named them after their most important gods. Jupiter, the largest planet, was named after the king of the Roman gods.

Jupiter's mass (amount of matter) is 2.5 times...

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The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter is approximately 318 times as massive as Earth. If the mass of all of the other planets in the solar system were combined into one "super planet," Jupiter would still be two and a half times as large.

Which planets are Jupiter's closest neighbors in the solar system?

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Jupiter orbits our sun, a star. Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun.

How many moons (satellites) does Jupiter have?

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Jupiter has 53 named moons. Sixteen more have been discovered but not given official status or names. Combined, scientists now think Jupiter has 69 moons

Which of Jupiter's moons displays volcanic activity?

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Jupiter's fifth moon, Io, is the most volcanically active body in the solar system.

The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is

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The Great Red Spot is a giant, spinning storm in Jupiter's atmosphere. It is like a hurricane on Earth, but it is much larger. Jupiter's Great Red Spot is large enough to contain at least two Earths within it! Winds inside this storm reach speeds of about 270 miles per hour.

Jupiter's atmosphere is closest to what body in the Solar System?

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The composition of Jupiter is similar to that of the sun — Jupiter's atmosphere is made up mostly of hydrogen (H2) and helium (He).

A day on Jupiter lasts.....

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Can a spacecraft land on Jupiter's surface?

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As a gas giant, Jupiter doesn't have a true surface. The planet is mostly swirling gases and liquids. A spacecraft would have no where to land on Jupiter.

Jupiter has rings.

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Jupiter's rings were a surprise, as they are composed of small, dark particles and are difficult to see except when backlit by the sun.

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