Jupiter and Its Great Red Spot

Jupiter is the fifth and largest planet from the Sun. It is a gas giant, meaning that it is completely made of a mixture of hydrogen and helium gas! The Great Red Spot, as shown in the picture, is a massive storm that has been brewing for over 340 years. This storm produces wind speeds of around 270 mph and is around 1.5 times the size of Earth. In fact, the entire planet itself is almost 11 times the size of our Earth, meaning over 1,300 Earths could fit inside Jupiter’s diameter. In the night sky, Jupiter is the most visible during the March season, appearing as an extremely bright “star.” It’s details are visible with a pair of binoculars, and I highly recommend trying to view Jupiter with a telescope!

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