Jupiter: The Biggest Planet in Our Solar System…
The Sun has eight planets. Earth is the third planet from the Sun, and Jupiter is the fifth. Jupiter is the biggest planet in our Solar System by far. In fact, it’s over two-and-a-half times bigger than all the other planets combined.
This photograph of Jupiter, which was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, features the planet’s amazing red spot (on the lower left). The red spot is actually a huge storm that’s been going on for at least 150 years. With winds over 400 miles per hour, it’s a storm that would do great damage to the surface of Jupiter if Jupiter had a surface. But it doesn’t. Jupiter is a huge ball made mostly of gas, so it doesn’t have a hard outer surface like the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, or Mars.
The Hubble telescope, also picture here, is in orbit about 350 miles above our home planet. Launched in 1990 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Hubble telescope has helped astronomers learn many new things about the miraculous universe that surrounds us. The Hubble has taken millions of great photos, including many close-ups of our Solar System’s biggest planet.
Quotes About Space
“Space is for everybody. It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That’s our new frontier out there, and it’s everybody’s business to know about space.”
“Space isn’t far away at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away, if your car could go straight upwards.”
“Astronomy compels the soul to look upward.”
“Forty years as an astronomer has not lessened my enthusiasm for lying outside after dark, looking up at the skys.”
“The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s a Fact: Florida is nicknamed “The Sunshine State” because it’s so sunny and warm.
It’s a Fact: The Kennedy Space Center, which is located on the east coast of Florida, is America’s main spaceport. The rocket that carried the Hubble telescope into space was launched from the Kennedy Space Center.
It’s a Fact: Florida is famous for its sunny beaches. The Atlantic Ocean is on the east coast of Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico is on the west coast.
It’s a Fact: The capital of Florida is Tallahassee. The largest cities in Florida are Miami, Jacksonville, and Tampa.
It’s a Fact: The abbreviation for Florida is FL.
Fun Fact: Jupiter”s largest moon, called Ganymede, is the biggest moon in the Solar System. In fact, Ganymede is larger than the planet Mercury.
Fun Fact: Jupiter is really big! In fact, you could fit 1,300 Earths inside Jupiter, and there would still be a little room to spare.
Fun Fact: If you know when and where to look, you can see Jupiter without using a telescope. In fact, you don’t even need binoculars because Jupiter is one of the brightest objects in the nighttime sky (not counting the Moon, of course!).
Fun Fact: Galileo Galilei, the man who invented the telescope, also discovered Jupiter’s four largest moons. Today, astronomers call them the “Galilean Moons.”
Just for fun,
How many moons does Jupiter have? Is it 39, 49, 59, or 69 moons?
Is Jupiter's Great Red Spot a mountain, an ocean, an active volcano, or a storm?
Jupiter's moon Ganymede is larger than which planet? Is it bigger than Mercury, or Venus, or Mars?
Is the capital of Florida Miami, Tallahassee, or Jacksonville.
If you have time, you can write a story of your own.
Here are a couple of story ideas you can choose from.
Story Idea #1: You can write about some of the interesting things you learned about Jupiter.
Story Idea #2 You can write a story about an imaginary trip to Jupiter. What would your space ship look like? How big would it be? What would you see when you got there?
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