What is Jupiter?

  • (noun): (Roman mythology) supreme god of Romans; counterpart of Greek Zeus.
    Synonyms: Jove
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Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet in the Solar System. It is a gas giant with mass one-thousandth that of the Sun but is two and a half times the mass of all the other planets in the Solar System combined. Jupiter is classified as a gas giant along with Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Together, these four planets are sometimes referred to as the Jovian or outer planets. The planet was known by astronomers of ancient times, and was associated with the mythology and religious beliefs of many cultures. The Romans named the planet after the Roman god Jupiter. When viewed from Earth, Jupiter can reach an apparent magnitude of −2.94, making it on average the third-brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus. (Mars can briefly match Jupiter's brightness at certain points in its orbit.)

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Jupiter, Neptune And Pluto
... Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto (c ... Caravaggio has painted an allegory of the alchemical triad of Paracelsus Jupiter stands for sulphur and air, Neptune for mercury and water, and Pluto for salt and earth ... Each figure is identified by his beast Jupiter by the eagle, Neptune by the hippocamp, and Pluto by the three-headed dog Cerberus ...
Galileo Galilei - Astronomy - Jupiter
... fixed stars, totally invisible by their smallness", all close to Jupiter, and lying on a straight line through it ... subsequent nights showed that the positions of these "stars" relative to Jupiter were changing in a way that would have been inexplicable if they had really been fixed stars ... attributed to its being hidden behind Jupiter ...
Magnetosphere Of Saturn - Dynamics
... The processes driving Saturn's magnetosphere are similar to those driving Earth's and Jupiter's ... Just as Jupiter's magnetosphere is dominated by plasma co–rotation and mass–loading from Io, so Saturn's magnetosphere is dominated by plasma co–rotation and mass–loading from Enceladus ... This is different, for instance, from Jupiter or Earth, where ions dominate over neutral gas, and has consecunses for the magnitospheric dynamics ...
Jyotish - Elements - Bhāvas – The Houses
... personality, physique, health/well-being, hair, appearance 2 Dhana Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Moon wealth (fixed assets), family relationships, eating habits, speech ...

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  • (noun): The largest planet and the 5th from the sun; has many satellites.

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