It’s the largest planet in the solar system and is the strongest gravitational influence in the solar system other than the sun. Jupiter is immense in size. It’s about 142,800 km in diameter or about 11 times the size of the Earth. In terms of volume, you could fit about 1,300 Earths inside of Jupiter. Even Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is noticeably larger than our small world.
Jupiter is composed mostly of hydrogen and helium, yet it does contain other chemicals such as sulphur, methane, and water. Heat generated from deep within the gas giant creates some of the largest and most spectacular storms in the solar system. These storms rage across the upper atmosphere, and perhaps even go further into the planet itself. Jupiter is also home to the strongest magnetic field in the solar system (other than the sun). This magnetic field is generated in a rather interesting way. Inside Jupiter, pressures become so extreme that hydrogen takes on an interesting form. Under these extreme conditions, the hydrogen gas becomes a metallic liquid. Hydrogen will behave like a metal, allowing it to conduct electricity and generate a magnetic field.
When it first formed, Jupiter was likely a rocky world. Over time, it accumulated more and more gas, growing immense in size. It’s possible Jupiter still has a rocky core at it’s centre. It’s also possible the core has eroded away over the past few billion years. It remains one of the greatest mysteries of Jupiter.
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The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch this morning from a pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, to send SpaceX's first Starlink broadband satellites and the Paz radar-imaging satellite into orbit.
The private company decided to delay the launch for extra-check, so the rocket will be able to liftoff next Wednesday.
Paz will generate sharp radar imagery of Earth for a variety of customers, including the Spanish government, over the course of the satellite's 5.5-year mission. // #
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