The Planet Jupiter
Among all the planets of the Solar system Jupiter occupies a special position. First, it is the largest planet in our Solar system. Secondly, it is the planet having the largest number of satellites (currently known 67). Thirdly, it is not just the heaviest planet in the Solar system, and planet, the mass of which in 2.47 times the mass of all other planets combined. Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s moons, is the largest natural satellite in the Solar system. In addition, the popularity of the planet gives a local landmark – the Great red spot (BKP), which is a mysterious storm, continuing on Jupiter for hundreds of years.
It should be noted that most of the news concerning Jupiter, deals either with his companions or with BCP. It’s safe to say that much more interest for scientists is the study of the satellites it than him. Of particular interest are the moons IO and Europe . IO has a huge number of active volcanoes, for which this satellite was the status of the most geologically active satellite in the Solar system. And the ice surface of Europa conceals a liquid ocean, which literally forces scientists to look for life on this satellite. In this category of our website you southeastasia with the latest news concerning Jupiter’s moons and, of course, himself.
Do not think that the Jupiter can send a spacecraft that could move on its surface. This planet simply has no solid surface. Jupiter is a gas planet, its basic components are hydrogen and helium. Thus, we can say that this planet is on the composition rather close to a star or brown dwarf .
Jupiter has the following main features:
– diameter of planet: 139822 km;
– weight: 1.899 x10 27 kg;
– the acceleration of gravity: 24.8 m/s 2 ;
– period of rotation (length of day): 9 hours 55 minutes;
– period of revolution around the Sun (length of year): about 12 earth years.