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Solar System Summary 6: Jupiter ASTR 1101 Jupiter Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun, and is the largest in our solar system. It has a diameter of 142,980 km. This is equal to 11.2 Earth diameters. Jupiter is slightly larger through the equator than the poles. It is an oblate spheroid. Jupiter has a mass of 1.899 x10^27 kg or 318 Earth masses. The density of Jupiter is 1.326 gm/cm^3. It rotates once in 9.925 hours or 0.41 Earth days. This giant planet has no solid surface. Under its atmosphere is a large liquid ocean of hydrogen and water. The atmosphere of Jupiter is primarily made up of clouds, which cause the colorations and band appearance on the surface of Jupiter. Three distinct layers of clouds are believed to exist consisting of ammonia ice, ammonium hydrosulfide and a mixture of ice and water. Within these clouds there is a great deal of winds, which cause the band look. At the southern hemisphere, there is the giant red spot, which is sort of like a giant solar hurricane that has been swirling and raging on for ages. The interior of Jupiter is a rocky core that is about 10 to 15 times the size of the Earth.
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