Planets in the Solar System

Jupiter

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QueSPER Research Plan and Note-taking Worksheets

Jupiter and some of its 39 moons

 Jupiter Printout

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How far is Jupiter from the Sun?
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Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun.

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Jupiter is about 484 million miles or 778 million kilometers from the Sun.

 

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How big is Jupiter? (What is its diameter?)
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Jupiter is eleven times the size of Earth.

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Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System.

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Jupiter's diameter is 88,846 miles at the equator.

 

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What does Jupiter look like?
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Jupiter is a called a "gas giant" planet.

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The planet is composed mainly of hydrogen and helium gases. Beneath the thin atmosphere, the hydrogen becomes a liquid and then becomes a metal near the core.

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The core of the planet is thought to be solid metal-rock.

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Jupiter has a famous storm in its atmosphere called the "Great Red Spot." Winds in the "Great Red Spot" go as fast at 400 miles per hour.

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Jupiter moon count has jumped to 63 moons (12/2006), more than any other planet. Only 48 of them are named.

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News about Jupiter.

 
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Why is this planet named Jupiter?
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Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System. Jupiter is named for the most important of the Roman gods, Jupiter.

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Jupiter has been known since ancient times.

 
bulletCan we see Jupiter in the sky?
bulletYes.  Check the Sky Map to see when you can see it.

*One AU is the distance from the center of the Earth to the center of the Sun.

Information on this page was taken from the following websites:

The-Solar-System.Net

Nine Planets: Jupiter

Links to Other Sites

bulletExplore a Planet - Jupiter
bulletAstronomy for Kids

Books and References

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Time for Kids Almanac 2003 with Information Please. NY: Time for Kids Books, 2002. RL 4.5 Dewey 031.02
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Farndon, John. The Giant Book of Space. Brookfield,CT: Copper Beech Bks, 2000. RL 4.5 Dewey 523.4

"The Solar System 12/2006: 8 Planets; The New Cosmic Order." Map Insert. National Geographic Magazine.  Dec., 2006.

 

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