Jupiter has a dry, thick atmosphere; high-speed winds, turbulence and long-lasting storms are common. The weather on Jupiter is much different from that found on a rocky planet such as the Earth.Know More
The winds in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere have been clocked traveling at more than 220 miles per hour. Scientists do not know exactly what Jupiter is like below the clouds. However, most think that the atmosphere is about 30 miles thick and contains two layers of clouds. The bottom layer of clouds is thick and opaque, while the upper layer is thin and transparent. It is unknown what lies beneath the thickest clouds, but most scientists doubt that Jupiter has a true surface that forms the boundary between the planet and its atmosphere. It is possible that the “surface” is a slurry, frozen ball of gases.
Jupiter has a famous red spot that has persisted for at least the last several hundred years. The red spot is recorded in virtually all historical records from astronomers who studied the planet. Scientists suspect that the giant red spot is actually a hurricane or tornado on Jupiter. However, this storm is much bigger than any storms on Earth. The red spot shrinks and grow over time, but at its largest, it approaches 25,000 miles in diameter.Learn more about Planets
The planet with the highest average surface temperature is Venus, because of its thick atmosphere and its proximity to the sun. The average temperature on the surface of Venus is 860 degrees Fahrenheit.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
No one knows when Jupiter was discovered. The planet was known to the ancients and named after the chief god of the Romans. However, it's believed that the Chinese astronomer Gan De discovered one of Jupiter's many moons in 362 B.C. Jupiter's rings were discovered in 1979 by Voyager I.Full Answer >
Jupiter has an equatorial radius approximately 11.21 times larger than Earth's. According to NASA, Earth has an equatorial radius of 6,378.1 kilometers, whereas Jupiter has an equatorial radius of 71,492 kilometers. The Encyclopaedia Britannica states that Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets in the Solar System combined.Full Answer >