The planet Jupiter – Photo by John Anderson

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet in the Solar System. It is a giant planet with a mass one-thousandth of that of the Sun, but is two and a half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined.

 

Jupiter taken by John Anderson HLCO12" telescope

This photograph was taken in High Legh on 20th February 2015 using a 12″ Meade telescope by John Anderson from the High Legh Astronomical Society. The photograph shows The photograph shows the shadow of Io showing as the black dot on the lower left

 

Facts about Jupiter

Radius: 69,911 km

Diameter: 142,984 km

Circumference: 439,264 km

Surface area: 61,418,738,571 km² (1,898,130,000,000,000,000 billion kg (317.83 x Earth)

Mass: 1.898E27 kg (317.8 Earth mass)

Gravity: 24.79 m/s²

Distance from Sun: 778,500,000 km

Known Moons: 67

Notable Moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede, & Callisto

Known Rings: 4

Orbit Distance: 778,340,821 km (5.20 AU)

Orbit Period: 4,332.82 Earth days (11.86 Earth years)

Surface Temperature: -108°C

First Record: 7th or 8th century BC

Recorded By: Babylonian astronomers

 

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 This photograph was taken in High Legh on 20th February 2015 using a 12″ Meade telescope by John Anderson from the High Legh Astronomical Society. The photograph shows two of the moons Io and Ganymede. 
 
High Legh Community Observatory (HLCO) is a local group that aims to establish a public observatory to provide the people of High Legh with access to a high quality facility for astronomy.

 

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