Our Solar SystemSt Aiden’s Homeschool © 2009 ~ All Rights Reserved Donnette E Davis
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
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
.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
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