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How far is Jupiter from the sun?

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Jupiter orbits, on average, 484 million miles away from the sun, which is around 5.2 AU. It is the fifth planet from the sun, spins on its axis once every 10 hours, and orbits the sun once every 12 years.

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Jupiter is a gas planet with an atmosphere that is dominated by hydrogen and helium. It has 50 confirmed moons with 17 more awaiting confirmation as of 2014. The planet has no capacity to support Earth-like life; however, space missions to Jupiter have indicated that some of its moons contain oceans under their crusts, an indication that they can support life.

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