• Jupiter

    Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and is the fifth planet from the sun.  In fact, Jupiter is over twice as large as every planet’s mass combined.  It is only fitting than that Jupiter was named after Zeus the king of the Gods in mythology.  In historic times it was referred to as a wandering star until 1610 when Galileo discovered that it had four moons.  Jupiter is a gas planet which means that there is no solid surface on it, and the gases that make up the planet are hydrogen and helium.  There are also traces of ammonia, water, and methane in the planet as well.

    Although Jupiter’s interior is widely a mystery, it is believed that there is a core of rock inside that is approximately the size of ten earths.  Most of the planet’s bulk is made of liquid metallic hydrogen which is what gives the planet its unique colours.

    Clouds are believed to surround Jupiter that is made of ice, water, ammonium hydrosulphide, and ammonia ice.  Jupiter is well known for is Great Red Spot which can be seen from the earth.  Due to the size and mixture of gases that compose the planet, it is able to radiate out more energy than it gets from the sun.