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Jupiter And Its Moons Jupiter the largest of the Jovian planets reigns supreme throughout the solar system Named after the Roman god Jove the ruler of Olympus Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and is also the largest planet in the Earths solar system It is 318 times moremassive than Earth and is two thirds of the planetary mass in the solar system Jupiters surface unlike earth is gaseous and not a solid It is about 90 hydrogen and 10 helium with traces of methane ammonia water and rock Jupiters interior is very similar to the Suns interior but with a far lower temperatureColumbia However it is still unknown for certain but Jupiter is believed to have a core of liquid metallic hydrogen This exotic element can only be achieved at a pressure greater than 4 million bars Jupiter radiates more energy in space than it receives from the sun Jupiters orbit lies beyond the asteroid belt at a mean distance of c483 million mi 773 million km from the sun its period of revolution is 1186 years Seeds In order from the sun it is the first of the Jovian planets Jupiter Saturn Uranus and Neptune very large massive planets of relatively low density having rapid rotation and a thick opaque atmosphere Jupiter has a diameter of 88679 mi 142800 km more than 11 times that of the earth Its mass is 318 times that of the earth and about 2 12 times the mass of allother planets combined Columbia A measurement of the diameter of Jupiter determined the planets polar flattening The flattening of Jupiter was revealed by Pioneer to be slightly greater than that
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