The planet Jupiter is named after the Roman god Jupiter, who overthrew his father, Saturn and became the king of the gods
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Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System. Over 1,300 Earths could fit inside of Jupiter.
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The mass of Jupiter is 318 times the mass of the Earth. In fact, Jupiter has 2.5 times the mass of all the other planets in the Solar System combined
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Jupiter is the fastest spinning planet in the Solar System. In spite of all its size and mass, Jupiter moves pretty quick. In fact, the planet only takes about 10 hours to complete a full rotation on its axis.
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The Clouds on Jupiter are only 50 km thick. They’re made of ammonia crystals broken up into two different cloud decks. The darker material is thought to be compounds brought up from deeper inside Jupiter, and then change color in sunlight. But below those clouds, it’s just hydrogen and helium, all the way down.
Jupiter has rings. The rings around Jupiter were the third set of rings discovered in the Solar System, after Saturn and Uranus. Jupiter’s rings are fainter than Saturn’s, but they probably come from material ejected by its moons when they’re struck by meteorite impacts
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Jupiter has 67 moons. Almost all of them are less than 10 kilometers in diameter, and were only discovered after 1975, when the first spacecraft arrived at Jupiter. One of its moons, Ganymede, is the largest satellite in the Solar System, measuring 5262 km across
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Jupiter has the strongest magnetic field in our Solar System. It is an astonishing fourteen times stronger than Earth’s. Some astronomers believe that Jupiter’s strong magnetic field is created by the motion of metallic hydrogen which is found deep inside of the planet.