Why Jupiter is a badass planet of our Solar System?

 If anyone asks about the Badass planet in our Solar system, we come to the fifth planet from the Sun. Jupiter. Some of you may recognize it from in the grade-school.

An unlucky failed star orbiting Sun. Even some scientists claim that in actuality Jupiter is not orbiting the Sun! But they both are orbiting around a common point in the universe.

But ever thought,

Why Jupiter has the image of a badass planet in our Solar System?

Here are some reasons why, and also learn more about it.

  • It’s the biggest planet in our Solar System

In fact, it’s quite larger than every other planet in the solar system.

Jupiter comes in with a radius of 69,611 kilometers. It is almost 16,000 kilometers larger than the next largest planet Saturn.

In comparison to our lovely little planet, it would take 11.2 Earth laid side by side to match the diameter of Jupiter.

It’s believed that Jupiter’s massive size is responsible for directing the paths of smaller objects within the solar system. Either sending comets or asteroids into or away from the inner solar system.

Thanks, Jupiter. you’re awesome!

  • The Gassy Giant

Well, we’ve all had those days where yesterday’s extravagant dinner turns into a day of gaseous regret. Poor Jupiter goes through that on a daily basis.

Jupiter is one of two gas giants in the solar system. Comprised primarily of hydrogen and helium at an approximate ratio of 90 to 10% respectively.

Jupiter is one big gash fall so much so that if you tried to land on the planet’s surface you’d be sorely disappointed.

What scientists consider the surface of Jupiter is just the point where the atmospheric pressure is at an equivalent to Earth’s.

 

  • Five times Farther than Us

Look at any map of the solar system. You’ll find that Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars are relatively close to one another. And are within 249 million kilometers from the Sun.

Then there’s Jupiter which just had to be completely different and separate.  It is far from the initial planetary quartet by approximately  482 million kilometers at its closest proximity.

Jupiter is around  741 million kilometers from the Sun. Making it nearly 5 times farther away from the Sun than Earth.

Its extended distance means Jupiter takes about 12 earth years to orbit the Sun.

 

 

  • Shortened days

Regardless of the 12-year orbital period Jupiter actually has much shorter days than earth.

Where we Earthlings experienced a 24-hour cycle Jovians get to enjoy a day that’s nine hours and 56 minutes long. Why the shortened cycle? 

we’re so glad you asked. It’s all about how fast the planet spins.

But since Jupiter doesn’t have surface features to monitor the rotation of and the storms move way too fast for accurate readings. scientists had to base this figure off of Jupiter’s magnetic field using radio emissions.

It’s still not entirely accurate, as different parts of Jupiter such as the equator rotate at different speeds and have slightly deviated day cycles.

 

  • It’s Home to damaging storms

As we mentioned how Jupiter experiences fast-moving storms but there’s so much more to know about the giant’s weather on top of being fast-moving storms.

Jupiter can grow to cover substantial areas and be incredibly damaging.

We’re talking about the growth of up to thousands of miles or kilometers wide within just a few hours.

The planet’s own heat source found deep within the mixture of gases towards Jupiter’s core is primarily responsible for the moist convection that helps drives Jupiter’s damaging weather patterns.

The process is similar to earth form storms, though the Sun has nothing to do with the powerful lightning and damaging winds on this gas giant

 

  • Interestingly nobody has claimed Jupiter’s discovery

The discovery of most planets in our solar system can be linked back to a team of scientists. But there are a few that have any loss of history. Nobody in the modern world can be credited with the discovery of Jupiter.  

This massive bright planet is one of only five planets that can be seen without technical assistance.

If a name must be associated with its discovery then it will be Galileo. Galileo Galilee was the first person to view the planet via telescope.

 Galileo can’t technically be credited with Jupiter’s discovery upon observation of the massive planet. But he did stumble across some interesting characteristics during his feelings in the early 1600s.

Galileo came across four celestial objects surrounding Jupiter. Moons that came to be known as Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Calisto.

To commemorate Galileo’s findings the group of Jupiter’s largest moons was later dubbed the Galilean moons.

Jupiter also marked a turning point in how the solar system was viewed. Everything was once believed to have revolved around the earth in the Ptolemaic world system.

The Galilean moons showed that celestial bodies could orbit other objects in space.

 

  • Many Many Moons

Guess, How many moons can a planet have?

Though Galileo laid claim to four of Jupiter’s moons, he had no idea that there was more lying in.

Overall there are 67 known satellites orbiting. The latest of them was discovered only in 2011. There’s a chance that more are out there.

The moons range from a considerably small size of  2 kilometers to a much grander at  5,268 kilometers in diameter.

51 of Jupiter satellites are considered irregular. Meaning they were captured within the planet’s orbit, rather than having been formed in the orbit itself.

 

  • It has the largest moon in the solar system

From those 67 moons, the one that seems to stand out most is Ganymede. Chances are it makes the biggest impression. It is the largest known moon in our solar system with 5,268 kilometers in diameter.

Ganymede is near twice the size of Earth’s moon. This oversized Galilean moon is so large that it’s the eighth largest object in the solar system. Coming in just behind Mars and just ahead of Saturn’s moon Titan. It is larger than Mercury and Pluto.

One of Ganymede’s more interesting features is the alleged saltwater ocean that rests 200 kilometers below its surface.

 

  • A 300-year-old storm is still raging

We discussed briefly the strong weather patterns that Jupiter experiences but we saved this little nugget for the very end.

You wouldn’t initially think that one could last upwards of 300 years. But that’s exactly what’s happening in this gas giant’s atmosphere. The very first up-close imagery of the Great Red Spot came from voyager 1’s journey in 1979.

Though initial observations of the storm have been dated as far back as 1665. There’s speculation as to whether these earlier discoveries were one and the same.

But it is known that the current spot has been under scrutiny since 1830. The 300-year-old storm continues to dole out extreme winds exceeding 320 kilometers per hour!

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