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How did the planet Jupiter get its name?

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Jupiter is named after the powerful Roman god who is the equivalent of the Greek god Zeus. All of the planets in the solar system but Earth are named after gods in the Roman pantheon. Many of the moons of Jupiter are also named after figures from Roman mythology.

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As the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter is named after the most important figure Roman mythology. The Babylonians named the planet after their god Marduk. It is called the Wood Star in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Hindu astrologers called the planet Brihaspati, while Central Asian cultures called it Erendiz.

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    What are some interesting facts about Jupiter?

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    Jupiter is the largest and most massive planet in the solar system. It was named after the chief Roman god. It is a gas giant composed of liquid and gaseous matter, and has many moons. Some of the storms in its atmosphere have lasted hundreds of years.

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    How big is Jupiter?

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    The planet Jupiter is over 300 times larger than planet Earth. Jupiter's diameter is as large as 88,846 miles at the equator, and it is the largest planet in the solar system.

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    What is Jupiter made of?

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    Where can you find facts about Jupiter?

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    As of 2015, facts about the planet Jupiter can be found on websites for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and The Planets. NASA offers separate Web pages aimed at adults and children.

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