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Jupiter Planet Case

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The planet I have chosen is Jupiter. Jupiter has always seemed to intrigue me, because of the size and colors. Jupiter's Red Spot has always made me think of a beautiful and intriguing planet with so many mysteries in store for us to find. Jupiter and Earth are more related than you might think; these two planets also have many differences.

Jupiter is 778,412,010 km from the Sun, it is 5.2 times further than the distance between the Earth and the Sun. Jupiter's years are 12 times longer than a single year on Earth because of its distance from the sun. It also has ten hour days because of how fast it spins on its axis.

Jupiter is a Gaseous outer also known as a "Gas Giant". It has a consistency like soup; the surface of the planet is partly solid with land covering less than half of the surface. Jupiter is made up mainly of hydrogen and helium gas; chemically it is more like the Sun and the stars than like the Earth. There is no solid surface crust. The gas just gets thicker with depth until, deep down, a liquid phase is reached.

Earth's high and low temperatures are 37 to -13 degrees Celsius, while at -153 degrees Celsius is 12 times colder, due to the distance from the Sun. Hydrogen and Helium are two of the known atmospheric gases in Jupiter, Earth's major atmospheric gases are Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Carbon dioxide. There are many other atmospheric gases on these two planets but, due to their small percentage they are not mentioned.

Jupiter's physical features are gasses, giant mountains, everlasting tornadoes; the planet itself is like a bowl of soup, it would be impossible to land on the planet without being indulged by the planet. It is also known by its many different moons. The most well known of them all are Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto. Ganymede is the largest of all 63. It is bigger than that of which Earth has ever had.

Jupiter received its name from the chief Roman God, Jupiter. The planet Jupiter was discovered and named by the Italian philosopher Galileo. Many crafts like Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, Ulysses, Galileo, and Cassini have taken pictures of the planet Jupiter but never landed on the planet itself. Pictures can teach a lot such as the size, color, and physical features of a planet.

I enjoyed the planet I worked on because the imformation was not difficult to find. I also learned two new things that I did not previously know. Such as, the giant Red Spot has the space to fit 2 and one half Earths. I also learned that the planet Jupiter has many rings and all the outer planets have rings. I also improved my skills in researching and scanning.

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