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The most massive planet in our solar system -- with dozens of moons and an enormous magnetic field -- Jupiter forms a kind of miniature solar system. It resembles a star in composition, but did not grow big enough to ignite. The planet's swirling cloud stripes are punctuated by massive storms such as the Great Red Spot, which has raged for hundreds of years.

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Comparison: Jupiter vs. Earth

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Discovered By
Known by the Ancients
Known by the Ancients
Date of Discovery
Unknown
Unknown
Average Orbit Distance
778,340,821 km
149,598,262 km
Perihelion (closest)
740,679,835 km
147,098,291 km
Aphelion (farthest)
816,001,807 km
152,098,233 km
Equatorial Radius
69,911 km
6,371.00 km
Equatorial Circumference
439,263.8 km
40,030.2 km
Volume
1,431,281,810,739,360 km3
1,083,206,916,846 km3
Mass
1,898,130,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
5,972,190,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
Density
1.326 g/cm3
5.513 g/cm3
Surface Area
61,418,738,571 km2
510,064,472 km2
Equatorial Surface Gravity
24.79 m/s2
9.80665 m/s2
Escape Velocity
216,720 km/h
40,284 km/h
Rotation Period (Length of Day)
0.41354 sidereal days
0.99726968 sidereal days
Orbit Period (Length of Year)
11.862615 sidereal years
1.0000174 sidereal years
Mean Orbit Velocity
47,002 km/h
107,218 km/h
Orbit Eccentricity
0.04838624
0.01671123
Orbit Inclination to Ecliptic
1.304 degrees
0.00005 degrees
Equatorial Inclination to Orbit
3.1 degrees
23.4393 degrees
Orbit Circumference
4,887,595,931 km
939,887,974 km
Atmospheric Constituents
Hydrogen, Helium
Nitrogen, Oxygen

 

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Comparison: Jupiter vs. Earth

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Discovered By
Known by the Ancients
Known by the Ancients
Date of Discovery
Unknown
Unknown
Average Orbit Distance
778,340,821 km
149,598,262 km
Perihelion (closest)
740,679,835 km
147,098,291 km
Aphelion (farthest)
816,001,807 km
152,098,233 km
Equatorial Radius
69,911 km
6,371.00 km
Equatorial Circumference
439,263.8 km
40,030.2 km
Volume
1,431,281,810,739,360 km3
1,083,206,916,846 km3
Mass
1,898,130,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
5,972,190,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
Density
1.326 g/cm3
5.513 g/cm3
Surface Area
61,418,738,571 km2
510,064,472 km2
Equatorial Surface Gravity
24.79 m/s2
9.80665 m/s2
Escape Velocity
216,720 km/h
40,284 km/h
Rotation Period (Length of Day)
0.41354 sidereal days
0.99726968 sidereal days
Orbit Period (Length of Year)
11.862615 sidereal years
1.0000174 sidereal years
Mean Orbit Velocity
47,002 km/h
107,218 km/h
Orbit Eccentricity
0.04838624
0.01671123
Orbit Inclination to Ecliptic
1.304 degrees
0.00005 degrees
Equatorial Inclination to Orbit
3.1 degrees
23.4393 degrees
Orbit Circumference
4,887,595,931 km
939,887,974 km
Atmospheric Constituents
Hydrogen, Helium
Nitrogen, Oxygen

 

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