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

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 » Science Astronomy Planets
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