Type of Planet
: Gas Gaint
Solar System Region
: Outer Solar System
Distance from the Sun
: 460,000,000 miles (perihelion) to 508,000,000 miles (aphelion)
Time to Orbit Around the Sun
: About 4,329 Earth days
Moons (natural satellites)
Total Surface Area
: 23.7 billion square miles
25 Jupiter Facts for Kids
The planet Jupiter formed about 4.5 billion years ago.
The planet Jupiter was first observed via a telescope in 1610 by Galileo Galilei.
The planet Jupiter is the fifth closest planet to the sun.
Jupiter is in the outer part of our solar system.
Jupiter is a gas giant planet.
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system.
Jupiter is 1,120% the size of Earth.
The radius of the planet Jupiter is 43,441 miles.
Jupiter's perihelion (closets) distance to the sun is 460 million miles.
Jupiter's aphelion (farthest) distance to the sun is 508 million miles.
It takes Jupiter 4,329 Earth days to complete an orbit of the sun.
Jupiter has 79 known moons (natural satellites).
has the most craters than any other object in our solar system.
is one of the most likely locations in our solar system that could potentially harbor life.
is the largest moon and the ninth largest object in our solar system.
is the densest moon in our solar system.
The planet Jupiter has four rings. They are the halo, main, Amalthea gossamer and Thebe gossamer rings.
Because Jupiter is a gas giant, it’s virtually impossible for life to evolve as we know it.
Jupiter rotates so fast a full day is only about ten Earth hours long.
One of Jupiter’s most observable features is the Great Red Spot.
The Great Red Spot is an anticyclonic storm in Jupiter’s atmosphere.
The Great Red Spot has been observable since 1830 but may have existed long before that.
Jupiter was first visited by humans in December 1973 via the NASA Pioneer 10 spacecraft.
Jupiter is so big you can see it without the use of a telescope.
In 1994, a comet named Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter, giving astronomers their first chance to witness a large impact event on a planet in our solar system.
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Pictures of the Planet Jupiter
A beauitful photo of Jupiter's Southern Hemisphere by NASA's Juno spacecraft.
A photo of Jupiter's Great Red Spot captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft.
A timelapse photo of Jupiter being struck by Shoemaker-Levy 9 on 7-22-1994.
Additional Resources on the Planet Jupiter
Jupiter - NASA
– Get an awesome overview of the planet Jupiter on the NASA website.
Jupiter - Wikipedia
– Learn more about the planet Jupiter on the Wikipedia website.
Jupiter - Universe Today
– Find more information about the planet Jupiter on the Universe Today website.
Jupiter: Our Solar System's Largest Planet
– Discover more amazing facts about Jupiter on the Space.com website.