20 Facts About Jupiter

1. In late February 2007, Jupiter was visited by the New Horizons probe, which used Jupiter's gravity to increase its speed and bend its trajectory en route to Pluto.

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2. Jupiter has 4 main moons, known as Galilean Moons, as they were discovered by the famous Astronomer Galileo.

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3. The fact that Jupiter is related to the concept of youth is shown by his epithets Puer, Iuuentus and Ioviste.

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4. Jupiter is depicted as the twin of Juno in a statue at Praeneste that showed them nursed by Fortuna Primigenia.

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5. Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and the fifth planet from the Sun, after Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.

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6. Jupiter is the biggest of the planets called the Gas Giants.

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7. Jupiter is one of the five planets visible to naked eye from Earth.

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8. Jupiter is one of the four gas giants, the other being Uranus, Saturn and Neptune.

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9. Jupiter is so massive that its total mass is twice as much as the mass of all planets in Solar System combined together.

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10. Jupiter is the name of King of all gods in Roman Mythology.

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11. Jupiter is a member of the Gas Giants because it is largely composed of gas.

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12. Jupiter is the third brightest object in the Solar System, after Venus and the Moon.

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13. Jupiter has rings, the third planet discovered to have a ring system in our Solar System.

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14. Jupiter is a gas giant and so lacks an Earth-like surface.

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15. Jupiter has a huge magnetic field, much stronger than Earth's.

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16. Jupiter has rings like Saturn's, but much fainter and smaller.

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17. Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and by far the largest.

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18. Jupiter is the only body in the Solar System for which this is true.

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19. Jupiter has 79 known moons, including the four large Galilean moons discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610.

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20. Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System.

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