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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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It is impossible to know who discovered Jupiter. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, was known to exist before recorded history. The naked eye ... More »

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No one planet is always closest to Jupiter, as the range between Jupiter and the other planets varies depending on its position in orbit. The closest approach Jupiter is capable of making to another planet is with Mars, ... 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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Beginning with the planet closest to the Sun and moving outward, the order of the planets is Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Before its reclassification as a dwarf planet by the Internat... More »

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The nine planets in order are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and, if it's still considered the ninth planet, Pluto. However, not only has Pluto been demoted to a dwarf planet by some astron... More »

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