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A trip across the Solar System: Jupiter

Jupiter and the Great Red spotJupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun. It is the largest planet in the Solar System. Large enough to contain more than 1300 Earths, Jupiter is greater than all the other planets combined. It is mostly made of hydrogen, with no solid surface at all. Like Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, Jupiter is known as a “gas giant”. Jupiter has very faint rings consisting of dark grains of dust. 



Swirling clouds near the Great Red Spot

Great Red Spot

The bands of red, white, brown and yellow on Jupiter’s surface are made up of thick clouds swirling around the globe. The high winds cause continuous storms. The Great Red Spot is a storm that has been raging for 300 years. It is larger than the Earth. The red colour comes from particles of the element phosphorus.

Jupiter is the third brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus.

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