A cylindrical projection of Jupiter stitched together from photos taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its December 2000 flyby of the planet.

A cylindrical projection of Jupiter stitched together from photos taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its December 2000 flyby of the planet.

The four largest and best known of Jupiter's 60+ moons. I can see these through my telescope!!! ❤️

The four largest and best known of Jupiter's 60+ moons. I can see these through my telescope!!! ❤️

Our Planets Clip Art Collection is a set of royalty free vector graphics that includes a personal and commercial use license.

Our Planets Clip Art Collection is a set of royalty free vector graphics that includes a personal and commercial use license.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot, which extends from the equator to the southern polar latitudes, as seen by the space probe Voyager 2 in 1979

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot, which extends from the equator to the southern polar latitudes, as seen by the space probe Voyager 2 in 1979

Like the sun, Jupiter is composed predominantly of hydrogen & helium. But unlike the sun, it lacks the necessary amount to begin fusion, the process that fuels a star. Jupiter would need to be 75-80 times more massive than it is at present to be considered a star. If all of the planets in the solar system had formed as part of the gas giant, it still would not have sufficient mass. Still, by itself, Jupiter is 2 & 1/2 times larger than all of the other planets in the solar system combined.

Like the sun, Jupiter is composed predominantly of hydrogen & helium. But unlike the sun, it lacks the necessary amount to begin fusion, the process that fuels a star. Jupiter would need to be 75-80 times more massive than it is at present to be considered a star. If all of the planets in the solar system had formed as part of the gas giant, it still would not have sufficient mass. Still, by itself, Jupiter is 2 & 1/2 times larger than all of the other planets in the solar system combined.

This mission will be very dangerous for the probe.  It will face large amounts of radiation, gravity and the largest magnetosphere in the solar system.  No probe in history has come this close to Jupiter 6/27/16

10 Facts About The Giant Planet, Jupiter [Infographic]

This mission will be very dangerous for the probe. It will face large amounts of radiation, gravity and the largest magnetosphere in the solar system. No probe in history has come this close to Jupiter 6/27/16

Living On Europa Explained: Humans Might Not Be First (Infographic) By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

Living On Europa Explained: Humans Might Not Be First (Infographic) By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

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