Does Jupiter have seasons?


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Jupiter, like all the other planets, has seasons. Since Jupiter takes about 12 Earth years to make a full orbit around the sun, each of its seasons lasts about three Earth years.

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The degree of tilt a planet has determines how drastic its seasons are. Because Jupiter's tilt is only 3 degrees, the seasons on this gas giant are very similar. Other factors that determine a planet's seasons include the planet's atmosphere, the distance from the sun and how long a day lasts. The temperature variance between Jupiter's upper atmosphere and its core is impressive. Instruments have measured cloud temperature at -220 degrees Fahrenheit, while the inner core is hotter than the surface of the sun.

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