Mass one-thousandth that of the Sun but is two and a half times the mass of all the other planets in our Solar System combined. #Jupiter is classified as a gas giant along with Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Together, these four planets are sometimes referred to as the Jovian or outer planets.

Mass one-thousandth that of the Sun but is two and a half times the mass of all the other planets in our Solar System combined. #Jupiter is classified as a gas giant along with Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Together, these four planets are sometimes referred to as the Jovian or outer planets.

Real Jupiter Planet NASA

Real Jupiter Planet NASA

A Hitchhiker's Guide to Space & Plasma Physics - Planets of Our Solar System Our solar system...

A Hitchhiker's Guide to Space & Plasma Physics - Planets of Our Solar System Our solar system...

For kids who love planets, and especially Jupiter. Here is an easy to understand fact  sheet on the biggest planet in the solar system, Jupiter. Brought to you by  www.OpticsCentral.com.au - Telescopes Australia.

For kids who love planets, and especially Jupiter. Here is an easy to understand fact sheet on the biggest planet in the solar system, Jupiter. Brought to you by www.OpticsCentral.com.au - Telescopes Australia.

A cylindrical projection of Jupiter stitched together from photos taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its December 2000 flyby of the planet.

A cylindrical projection of Jupiter stitched together from photos taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its December 2000 flyby of the planet.

Like the sun, Jupiter is composed predominantly of hydrogen & helium. But unlike the sun, it lacks the necessary amount to begin fusion, the process that fuels a star. Jupiter would need to be 75-80 times more massive than it is at present to be considered a star. If all of the planets in the solar system had formed as part of the gas giant, it still would not have sufficient mass. Still, by itself, Jupiter is 2 & 1/2 times larger than all of the other planets in the solar system combined.

Like the sun, Jupiter is composed predominantly of hydrogen & helium. But unlike the sun, it lacks the necessary amount to begin fusion, the process that fuels a star. Jupiter would need to be 75-80 times more massive than it is at present to be considered a star. If all of the planets in the solar system had formed as part of the gas giant, it still would not have sufficient mass. Still, by itself, Jupiter is 2 & 1/2 times larger than all of the other planets in the solar system combined.

Jupiter

Jupiter

Jupiter, it's good to see you again. NASA's Juno spacecraft returns 20 years after Galileo.

Jupiter, it's good to see you again. NASA's Juno spacecraft returns 20 years after Galileo.

The four largest and best known of Jupiter's 60+ moons. I can see these through my telescope!!! ❤️

The four largest and best known of Jupiter's 60+ moons. I can see these through my telescope!!! ❤️

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jupiter.jpg (758×858)

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