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1. The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is the largest known vortex in the Solar System and is a anticyclone. It is so big that it could engulf two or three Earths and has been around for almost 350 years. Although the spot is huge it is shrinking according to astronomers, but no ones knows when it will disappear entirely.
2, Jupiter's mass is 318 times the mass of earth, The huge gas planets volume is half again bigger than all of the solar system's other planets, moons, asteroids, and comets combined according to Nasa. The giant planet is 88,730 miles in diameter, which is 11.2 times that of Earth. It is 317.8 times more massive than Earth. But if it got any larger, astronomers believe the planet would become to dense and start to get smaller.
3. Although Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system it certainly isn't slow, the planet only takes about 10 hoursa to complete a full rotation on its axis meaning that one day is only 10 hours long. This rapid rotation also helps generate Jupiter's powerful magnetic fields, and contributes to the dangerous radiation surrounding it. But Jupiter's orbit around the Sun is oval-shaped, It takes 12 Earth years to make one revolution, so a year on Jupiter is equal to 12 years on Earth.
4. Jupiter can't ever become a star because it would need more than 70 times its current mass to ignite nuclear fusion. Stars form directly from the collapse of dense clouds of interstellar gas and dust. Because of rotation, these clouds form flattened disks that surround the central, growing stars. Allowing planets to form including planets like Jupiter.
5. Jupiter has a system of rings called the Jovian ring system, The rings were the third set of rings discovered in our Solar System, after Saturn and Uranus. It was first observed in 1979 by the Voyager 1 space probe and can be observed through Ground-based telescopes. However the rings are much fainter than saturn's and are believed to of come from material ejected by its moons when they're struck by meteorite impacts.
6. So far, Jupiter has a total of 67 moons and almost all of them are less than 10 kilometers in diameter. However the largest moon in the solar system is owned by Jupiter and called Ganymede measuring 5262 km across. The Galilean moons are the largest and most massive objects in orbit around Jupiter, with the remaining 63 moons and the rings together comprising just 0.003 percent of the total orbiting mass.
7. NASA first visited Jupiter in 1973 by the space craft Pioneer 10 and has visited a further 6 times since then. All but one have been flybys that take detailed observations without the probe landing or entering the orbit of Jupiter. The last spacecraft to flyby Jupiter was Nasas new horizon in 2007 and will more than likely not be the last.
Diagram of planet sizes -Tdadamemd
Star forming -ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/M. Kornmesser (ESO)
Ganymede and the Earth's Moon - Lunar and Planetary Institute
"Decisions" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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