About Jupiter

The planet Jupiter is named after the Roman God, Jupiter, God of the sky. Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and is the fifth planet from the sun.

Because Jupiter is mostly made up of gas (hydrogen and helium) it has no surface. However, it is believed that at the core of Jupiter is dense and made up of different elements. The core is sometimes referred to as rocky, but its exact composition is unknown.

Jupiter may be best known for the Great Red Dot, a constant anticyclonic storm that occurs on Jupiter. The storm has been occurring for more than 186 years. The Great Red Dot is about the same size as Earth.

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See The First Picture of Jupiter’s North Pole
The planet’s northern cap is not quite what scientists expected, with oddly blue clouds and a sprinkling of circular storms.
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Jupiter’s Red Spot Churns Out Air Hotter Than Lava
Sound waves from the famous storm seem to be heating the region above it, and something similar may be happening over Earth’s mountains.
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Juno Spacecraft Sends First Image From Orbit Around Jupiter
Having survived its first pass through deadly radiation, the probe is ready to return more images.
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Ten Things You Need to Know About the Juno Mission
Get up to speed on the ways this daredevil probe will unlock Jupiter’s secrets, and find out some of Juno’s unique features.
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Welcome To Jupiter!
Australians were the first in the world to discover the Juno spacecraft had successfully launched into Jupiter's orbit.
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Aussies: Here’s Your Guide To The July Skies
July is a great opportunity to see Saturn’s rings.
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See Jupiter Through the Eyes of NASA’s Juno Spacecraft
This image of planet Jupiter and its four largest moons is the last thing Juno saw before shutting down its camera for its risky arrival.
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This Week’s Night Sky: Watch Jupiter and Uranus Sparkle
The largest planet in the solar system will put on a fine display, and the green-hued ice giant will glide near the crescent moon.
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NASA Probe Is About to Give the Best Ever Views of Jupiter
Once it goes into orbit on July 4, the Juno spacecraft will unlock some of Jupiter’s mysteries and send back amazing close-up images.
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See Jupiter’s Colourful Clouds
Also, look out for swarming star clusters and the shining heart of the constellation Leo.

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