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 » Science Astronomy Planets

Jupiter gets its name from the most powerful god in Roman mythology. The king of all other gods, Jupiter is the equivalent of Zeus in Greek mythology. It was the largest visible object in the night sky during the time of... More » Science Astronomy Planets

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 » Science Astronomy Planets
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As of 2015, facts about the planet Jupiter can be found on websites for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and The Planets. NASA offers separate Web pages aimed at adults and children. More » Science Astronomy Planets

Facts collected about Jupiter are known to be true because the scientific method is used to arrive at logical, rational conclusions about the universe. Because of the scientific method, experts have a high degree of conf... More » Science Astronomy Planets

The diameter of Jupiter at the equator is 88,846 miles, and its diameter at the poles is 83,082 miles. The difference in measurement is due to the rapid spinning of the planet, which completes one rotation in about 9 hou... More » Science Astronomy Planets

The planet Jupiter was named after the chief Roman god of the same name, also known as Jove. It was named so because Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, while Jove is the king of the Roman gods. More » Science Astronomy Planets