What's so special about Jupiter? Here are five facts about the planet that's home to the "Great Red Spot."
Five Facts About the Biggest Planet in our Solar System
Published: August 6, 2019
Onscreen: Five facts about Jupiter
1. Jupiter is more than twice the mass of all the other planets combined.
Diameter: ~86,881 miles
Mass: ~318 times Earth’s mass
Distance from the Sun: ~484 million miles
2. After the Sun, Jupiter is the second-most powerful gravitational influence in our solar system. It’s so massive that it cleared material from the inner Solar System—preventing a super-Earth from forming.
3. Jupiter has (at least) 79 moons, more than any other planet in the Solar System.
4. The famous Great Red Spot is a giant storm, roughly twice the size of Earth. It’s been raging for over a century.
5. Europa is one of Jupiter’s moons. Researchers believe that hidden beneath Europa’s icy crust lies a saltwater ocean twice the volume of the oceans on Earth—a possible spot for alien life.
Learn more about Jupiter. Tune in or stream "The Planets: Jupiter."
Digital Producer: A.J. Fillo
Additional footage: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Swri/Kevin M Gill
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