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Jupiter

From our vantage point, Jupiter is the 4th brightest object in the solar system. Only the sun, our moon ( which unfortunately does not have a name) and Venus are brighter.

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and 2 1/2 times more massive than all the other planets in the solar system combined.

Jupiter has been called a failed star because its major elements, hydrogen and helium, are the same as the sun’s. However, it has only 0.1% the sun’s mass and is definitely not a star as it does not have the internal pressure and temperature necessary to fuse helium…the nuclear fusion that gives our planet all its energy.

The Babylonians discovered Jupiter in the 7th or 8th century B.C.

One Jupiter year equals 11.9 Earth years.

Jupiter has short days, a mere 9 hours, 55 minutes.

Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede, is the solar system’s largest moon surpassing the size of planet Mercury.

Jupiter has 67  known moons, but stay tuned. Juno may discover more.

A person weighing 150 pounds on Earth would weigh 351 pounds on Jupiter.