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Our Solar System Jupiter

Our Solar System Jupiter

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Published by Donnette Davis
A Mini Activity book Focusing on a specific area of the Solar System. The information contained in this book will cover an entire lesson, and so is suitable as teaching material. Ideal for homeschooling. This book is about Jupiter.
A Mini Activity book Focusing on a specific area of the Solar System. The information contained in this book will cover an entire lesson, and so is suitable as teaching material. Ideal for homeschooling. This book is about Jupiter.

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Published by: Donnette Davis on Sep 21, 2009
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Jupiter
Compiled by Donnette E Daviswww.staidenshomeschool.com
 
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Jupiter 
 Jupiter Facts
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Due to its magnetic field trapping particles from the Sun, Jupiter issurrounded by very powerful radiation belts which would kill anyone who entered them.
 
 Jupiter's moon Europa is thought tohave a giant ocean below its surface
 
 Jupiter 
is by far the largest planet within our Solar System: two and ahalf times larger than all of theother planets put together.
 
It is the fifth planet from the Sunand one of the brightest planets.
 
 Jupiter is sometimes called a "gas giant" because most of this planet ismade up of liquid and gas.
How Big is Jupiter?
Jupiter is 142,984 km or about 11Earths in diameter at the
equator
.That makes it about one tenth asbig as the Sun! You could fitabout 1,400 Earths into thevolume of Jupiter. It is 133,709 kmor 10 Earths in diameter from poleto pole. Jupiter's rapid
rotation
 makes it bulge out at theequator.Jupiter's magnetic field is thelargest single planetary thing inthe Solar System. It is 26 millionkilometers across, making itabout 20 times bigger than theSun. It has a tail that extends pastSaturn's orbit. If it could be seenfrom Earth, it would appear to befive times the size of the fullmoon.
Comparing the sizes of Earth and Jupiter 
 
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Jupiter is so large that all of the other planets in the solarJupiter is so large that all of the other planets in the solarJupiter is so large that all of the other planets in the solarJupiter is so large that all of the other planets in the solarsystem could fit inside of it.system could fit inside of it.system could fit inside of it.system could fit inside of it.Jupiter is a large gas planet whose clouds changeJupiter is a large gas planet whose clouds changeJupiter is a large gas planet whose clouds changeJupiter is a large gas planet whose clouds change colourscolourscolourscoloursdaily. This planet is made mostly of hydrogen and heliumdaily. This planet is made mostly of hydrogen and heliumdaily. This planet is made mostly of hydrogen and heliumdaily. This planet is made mostly of hydrogen and heliumgases. Jupiter gives off two times more heatgases. Jupiter gives off two times more heatgases. Jupiter gives off two times more heatgases. Jupiter gives off two times more heat than it getsthan it getsthan it getsthan it getsfrom the Sun. It shines very brightly in the night sky for ninefrom the Sun. It shines very brightly in the night sky for ninefrom the Sun. It shines very brightly in the night sky for ninefrom the Sun. It shines very brightly in the night sky for ninemonths of the year when it is closest to Earth. Huge areas ofmonths of the year when it is closest to Earth. Huge areas ofmonths of the year when it is closest to Earth. Huge areas ofmonths of the year when it is closest to Earth. Huge areas ofswirling gases can be found in Jupiter's atmosphere. Theswirling gases can be found in Jupiter's atmosphere. Theswirling gases can be found in Jupiter's atmosphere. Theswirling gases can be found in Jupiter's atmosphere. Thelargest swirling area of gas is called the Great Red Spot.largest swirling area of gas is called the Great Red Spot.largest swirling area of gas is called the Great Red Spot.largest swirling area of gas is called the Great Red Spot.Scientists believe this is a large hurricaneScientists believe this is a large hurricaneScientists believe this is a large hurricaneScientists believe this is a large hurricane----like storm which haslike storm which haslike storm which haslike storm which haslasted for hundreds of years. Large bolts of lightning havelasted for hundreds of years. Large bolts of lightning havelasted for hundreds of years. Large bolts of lightning havelasted for hundreds of years. Large bolts of lightning havealso been seen in Jupiter's atmosphere. Pictures taken byalso been seen in Jupiter's atmosphere. Pictures taken byalso been seen in Jupiter's atmosphere. Pictures taken byalso been seen in Jupiter's atmosphere. Pictures taken byspace probes have shown thin rings around Jupiter. Jupiterspace probes have shown thin rings around Jupiter. Jupiterspace probes have shown thin rings around Jupiter. Jupiterspace probes have shown thin rings around Jupiter. Jupiterhas fortyhas fortyhas fortyhas forty----ninninninnine named moons (and may have as many as 63!).e named moons (and may have as many as 63!).e named moons (and may have as many as 63!).e named moons (and may have as many as 63!).One of Jupiter's moons, Io, has active volcanoes on it. AreasOne of Jupiter's moons, Io, has active volcanoes on it. AreasOne of Jupiter's moons, Io, has active volcanoes on it. AreasOne of Jupiter's moons, Io, has active volcanoes on it. Areason Io that are near the volcanoes are very, very hot.on Io that are near the volcanoes are very, very hot.on Io that are near the volcanoes are very, very hot.on Io that are near the volcanoes are very, very hot.In July of 1994, Jupiter was hit by pieces of the ShoemakerIn July of 1994, Jupiter was hit by pieces of the ShoemakerIn July of 1994, Jupiter was hit by pieces of the ShoemakerIn July of 1994, Jupiter was hit by pieces of the Shoemaker----Levy comet. Dark areas appeared inLevy comet. Dark areas appeared inLevy comet. Dark areas appeared inLevy comet. Dark areas appeared in Jupiter's atmosphereJupiter's atmosphereJupiter's atmosphereJupiter's atmosphereafter the large pieces hit the planet.after the large pieces hit the planet.after the large pieces hit the planet.after the large pieces hit the planet.

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