Lesson Plan - Get It!
Do you know what the biggest planet in our solar system is? It's Jupiter! Jupiter is HUGE. Look at this photo to see the size difference between our planet and Jupiter:
Jupiter is the 5th planet from the sun and the largest planet in our solar system.
It can be seen with the naked eye. This means that you can look up and see it in the sky without a telescope! Jupiter is commonly called the "King of all planets" because of its massive size. Not only is Jupiter the biggest planet, but it is also the fastest, too. Every 10 hours on earth is a full day for Jupiter. You probably are not even one year old yet by Jupiter’s time. Since one Jupiter year is equal to twelve Earth years, all of you are Jupiter babies!
Watch this FreeSchool All About Jupiter for Children video to learn more about the features of Jupiter:
Jupiter has 62 moons! Earth only has one. Can you imagine what the night sky would look like if the Earth had as many moons as Jupiter? It would be amazing!
Jupiter is a gas planet composed mostly of hydrogen and helium, but it is not yet known whether or not the gas planet has a core. The gas gradually becomes more condensed as you move towards the planet’s core region until it becomes a liquid. However, you could not ever land a boat on the planet due to its gaseous nature. The sky and ocean are one in the same on Jupiter, so if you’re a sailor, you’re also a pilot of Jupiter. Jupiter has 3 rings around it that are so faint, you can barely see them unless the light conditions are perfect. One unique feature of Jupiter is its Red Spot, which is actually a storm that has been going on for over 300 years. That spot is bigger than Earth!
Let's explore our solar system. Check out this interactive solar system from Solar System Scope! You can click and drag Jupiter to see its rotation compared to other planets: Interactive Solar System.