Jupiter in detail: how much do you know about the "king of the planets" of the solar system?

Jupiter in detail: how much do you know about the "king of the planets" of the solar system?
Jupiter in detail: how much do you know about the "king of the planets" of the solar system?
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We present to your attention 10 interesting facts about Jupiter.

Jupiter

If the Sun were about the size of a standard front door, then the Earth would be about the size of a 5 cent coin, and Jupiter would be about the size of a basketball. In terms of volume, Jupiter can accommodate 1,300 planets like ours.

Jupiter is the fifth planet in the solar system. It rotates at a distance of about 778 million kilometers, or 5.2 AU from the Sun.

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One day on Jupiter is equal to 10 Earth hours (this is exactly how much time it takes for the planet to complete one complete revolution around its axis). A year on Jupiter is equal to 12 Earth years, or 4, 333 days (the period of revolution around the Sun).

Jupiter is classified as a gas giant and therefore does not have a solid surface. However, some astronomers speculate that the planet may have an inner, solid core the size of the Earth.

Jupiter's atmosphere is composed primarily of hydrogen and helium.

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Today, Jupiter has 67 satellites, which is an absolute record among the planets of the solar system.

Jupiter, along with three other gas giants in the solar system, has a ring system. It was discovered in 1979 during the passage of the Voyager 1 spacecraft past the planet.

This planet has become the object of research for many spacecraft. Soon the automatic NASA interplanetary station "Juno" will "moor" to it.

The disk of the planet has invariably (for several hundred years) adorned a huge spot the size of our planet. This famous atmospheric formation is called the Great Red Spot (BKP). This giant storm raging on Jupiter has been known since the 17th century.

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Jupiter cannot support life as we know it. However, some of the planet's satellites have oceans below their surface, which may contain signs of life.

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