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Jupiter’s Moons

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System, and has over 63 moons. Four of the largest are:

Ganymede

Measuring 3,274 miles in diameter, Ganymede is the largest moon that orbits Jupiter. Ganymede has blotchy terrain and has a noticeable marking; a huge-ringed impact basin about as large as the continental USA.

Io

Io’s surface is covered with more than 80 active volcanoes.

Europa

Europa has a ridged terrain that looks like rafts of ice. Europa also has an ocean of water.

Callisto

Callisto is a mixture of ice and rock. It has a dark surface which is marked by many white craters.

Jupiter's Appearance and facts

Jupiter's Great Red Spot  

In the middle of Jupiter and Mars is the asteroid belt. The asteroid belt is between Mars and Jupiter because Jupiter has a very large gravity and disrupts the formation of a planet.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is a storm as big as Earth and sometimes bigger in the South Equatorial belt. Jupiter has a diameter of 88,700 miles. It is the fastest spinning planet, completing one turn in just 9 hours, 55 minutes and 30 seconds.

 

Io
Callisto
Europa
Ganymede

 

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