Jupiter

The largest planet in our solar system.


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Equatorial diameter 142984000 mClip
Average Density 1330 kgm-3Clip
Axial tilt 3.1 degreesClip
Rotational period 9.92 hoursClip
Average surface temperature -120 CClip
Maximum apparent magnitude -2.8 Clip
Aphelion 815700000000 mClip
Perihelion 740900000000 mClip
Orbital tilt 1.3 degreesClip
Orbital period 11.86y y=Earth year, d=Earth dayClip
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Historical Notes
1610 Jupiter's satellites discovered by Galileo.

1979 Voyager 1 and 2 photographed Jupiter.

1994 Astronomers observed comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (S-L 9) colliding with Jupiter.

See also: Earth, Major Planets, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Pluto, Saturn, Solar System, Sun, Uranus, Venus, Zenographic.

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Subjects: Astronomy Physics


Weblinks:
NASA Photographic Library Photographs from NASA available for viewing and download.
The Nine Planets A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System: one star, eight planets, and more.