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As one of the five planets visible from the Earth with the naked eye, Jupiter was independently seen and discovered by many ancient civilizations. While no specific year can be definitively attributed to Jupiter's discov... More »

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It is not known who first discovered Jupiter. The planet has, however, been recognized since ancient times. Ancient astronomers named it after the Roman god Jupiter, who was the head of the gods. More »

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No one knows when Jupiter was discovered. The planet was known to the ancients and named after the chief god of the Romans. However, it's believed that the Chinese astronomer Gan De discovered one of Jupiter's many moons... More »

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Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and has more than double the mass of the other planets in the solar system combined. Being the largest and most massive planet in the solar system isn't Jupiter's only di... More »

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The eight described planets all orbit the Sun at different distances; Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, followed by Venus, then Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The distances of the planets are n... More »

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