The planet Jupiter is over 300 times larger than planet Earth. Jupiter's diameter is as large as 88,846 miles at the equator, and it is the largest planet in the solar system.
Jupiter is made mostly of gas and weighs about 1.9 x 10^27 kilograms. Its volume is about 1,321 times that of Earth's, and it has a surface area of 23.7 billion square miles. Jupiter's surface area is 120 times that of Earth. Jupiter is made up mostly of hydrogen and helium and is considered to be a gas giant planet. Because of its gases, Jupiter is only one-fifth as dense as Earth.Learn More
Jupiter orbits, on average, 484 million miles away from the sun, which is around 5.2 AU. It is the fifth planet from the sun, spins on its axis once every 10 hours, and orbits the sun once every 12 years.Full Answer >
Jupiter was "known by the ancients," and so it does not have an official discovery date, according to NASA. There is evidence that pre-modern civilizations knew about the planet long before space exploration began.Full Answer >
The diameter of Jupiter at the equator is 88,846 miles, and its diameter at the poles is 83,082 miles. The difference in measurement is due to the rapid spinning of the planet, which completes one rotation in about 9 hours and 50 minutes at the equatorial region and around 9 hours and 56 minutes at the polar regions.Full Answer >
The average temperature of Jupiter is believed to be minus 145 C. However, the planet's temperature varies widely, and it is one of the hottest places in the solar system at its center.Full Answer >