Jupiter has a multicolored surface in neutral tones such as white and brown as well as shades of orange and red. Because Jupiter is made of gas and has a thick atmosphere with clouds and storms, it has a striped, somewhat swirled appearance, and the planet's colors are occasionally blended.
In addition to prominent bands of white, Jupiter has muted shades of browns, oranges, and grays. One of Jupiter's most recognizable physical features is an aptly named Great Red Spot, which is actually a huge storm system that perpetually rages on the gas giant's surface. According to NASA, the Great Red Spot is at least twice as big as Earth.Learn More
Jupiter's nickname is the Gas Giant. The planet got its nickname after scientists discovered it is composed of hydrogen and helium.Full Answer >
The planet Jupiter was named after the chief Roman god of the same name, also known as Jove. It was named so because Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, while Jove is the king of the Roman gods.Full Answer >
Jupiter, like all the other planets, has seasons. Since Jupiter takes about 12 Earth years to make a full orbit around the sun, each of its seasons lasts about three Earth years.Full Answer >
Jupiter has an extremely thick atmosphere, and light from the sun penetrates only a short distance into it, which means that the majority of Jupiter looks like nothing but total blackness. Jupiter also receives very little light from the sun, making even the transparent layers of its atmosphere dim at midday.Full Answer >