What Is the Fifth Planet From the Sun?


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The fifth planet from the sun is Jupiter. It is approximately 484 million miles from the sun. This gaseous planet's atmosphere consists mainly of hydrogen and helium.

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Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system. It has a mean radius of 69.911 kilometers.

Jupiter also has over 50 moons that include Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. These four large moons are called Galilean satellites because Galileo Galilei was the first person to observe them in 1610.

A distinct feature of Jupiter is its Great Red Spot, a large and swirling storm system. One year on Jupiter is as long as 12 Earth years.

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