How big is Jupiter the scale of the largest planet in the solar system

(ORDO NEWS) — This gas giant is about 318 times more massive than Earth and almost twice as massive as all the other planets in the solar system combined. But how to present it?

We know that Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. But how big is it really?

The mean radius of Jupiter is 69,911 kilometers. This is about a tenth of the Sun. However, its rapid rotation – Jupiter rotates around its axis in 9.8 hours – flattens the planet, increasing its width at the equator.

In this part, the diameter of Jupiter is 142,984 km. In contrast, its diameter at the poles is only 133,708 km. This stretched shape is known as an oblate spheroid.

If you decided to go around Jupiter at the equator, you would have covered 439,264 km, which is 10 times the same distance on Earth.

Since Jupiter is made up mostly of gas, its surface is considered to be homogeneous. Its landscape is devoid of high and low points—mountains and valleys—like those found on the rocky terrestrial planets.

The volume of Jupiter is 1,431,281,810,739,360 cubic kilometers, which is 1321 times the volume of the Earth. The surface area of ​​this huge planet is 6.1419 × 10 10 square kilometers, which is 120 times the area of ​​our planet.

According to the journal Science, Jupiter’s structure resembles that of the Sun, but in order for it to begin the fusion of hydrogen atoms, it would require a mass 75 times greater than its current one. The mass of the largest gas giants found outside the solar system is often measured in Jupiter masses.

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