Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System. Large enough to contain more than 1300 Earths inside it, Jupiter is more massive than all the other planets combined. Along with Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, Jupiter is known as a “gas giant”, because it is mostly made of gas with no solid surface at all.

The colourful patterns of red, brown, yellow and white on Jupiter’s surface are produced by the chemicals sulphur and phosphorus in the swirling atmosphere. Jupiter’s extremely quick rotation is probably responsible both for separating the clouds into different colour “zones” (the lighter bands) and “belts” (the darker bands), and for the continual storms. The Great Red Spot, its most famous feature, is such a storm. The quick rotation also causes Jupiter to bulge at its equator, so that it measures 7500 kilometres less from pole to pole.

Jupiter has a system of rings consisting of dark grains of dust. The four largest of its moons are bigger than the planet Pluto. The beautiful, ever-changing patterns on Jupiter’s globe are violent winds.

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