Jupiter

by Fraser Cain on May 22, 2008

Jupiter

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. Not just by a tiny bit, but it is 2.5 times more massive than all of the other planets combined or 317 times the mass of Earth. Sort of an SUV in a solar system full of clown cars. There are many other interesting facts about the Jovian world; too many to put into one single article. We have put together a page with all of the links to articles about Jupiter that we have here on Universe Today. Just as a teaser, here are a few of the interesting facts you can find if you take a little time read of few of the articles below.

Jupiter has 63 bodies in orbit around it. Talk about being confused if its day or night. There would always be a ‘moon’ in the sky.

There have been several space probes that have studied Jupiter in passing. Most recent was the New Horizons space probe. After taking a few images, the New Horizons probe used the planet’s gravity to sort of sling-shot itself towards its ultimate goal…Pluto.

Jupiter has rings of its own. As a matter of fact, so do a few other planets. They are not as well known as those of Saturn because they are fainter. The ruling theory about the production of the rings is they derive from meteorites impacting the many moons of Jupiter. The ejecta causes the dust that reflects light, and thus the rings.

Below are several links, each containing enough information for anyone to get an A+ on a report about the planet. The links also contain a great collection of Jovian images.

 

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Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today. He's also the co-host of Astronomy Cast with Dr. Pamela Gay.

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