The fifth planet from the sun is Jupiter. It is approximately 484 million miles from the sun. This gaseous planet's atmosphere consists mainly of hydrogen and helium.
Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system. It has a mean radius of 69.911 kilometers.
Jupiter also has over 50 moons that include Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. These four large moons are called Galilean satellites because Galileo Galilei was the first person to observe them in 1610.
A distinct feature of Jupiter is its Great Red Spot, a large and swirling storm system. One year on Jupiter is as long as 12 Earth years.Learn More
It would be impossible for humans or any other life to live on Jupiter, as the planet is made up primarily of gases almost the all the way to its core. NASA speculates that it might be possible for a very secure spacecraft to visit Jupiter, but it couldn't land, as the planet does not have any solid surfaces.Full Answer >
Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system; Jupiter is the largest.Pluto was once considered to be the smallest planet, but since Pluto is no longer thought to be a planet, Mercury now takes the title.Full Answer >
Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is most visible when it reaches opposition to the sun every 398.9 days on average. In March 2014, the planet was located in the Gemini constellation, making it appear bright against the night sky.Full Answer >
Jupiter is visible without a telescope and is the fourth-brightest object in the sky after the sun, the moon and the planet Venus. It is three times brighter than the brightest star, Sirius.Full Answer >