Where is Jupiter on theskylive.com?*
Jupiter is the 5th planet in the solar system, but where is it in earth’s night sky? Is it up? Or is it hiding on the other side of earth? When it’s up in the night sky, Jupiter is a prominent bright object in the southern sky.
*Location is set for Greenwich, UK. For accurate Rise/Set times adjust your location.

Jupiter is the oldest and most massive world in the solar system. Learn about the planet’s origin story, its Great Red Spot and oceanic moons, and how this ancient world influenced the formation of the solar system’s other planets.

Jupiter image taken by Hubble Space Telescope April 21, 2014
Jupiter image taken by Hubble Space Telescope April 21, 2014.

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System. Jupiter is a giant planet with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun, but two and a half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined.

When viewed from Earth, Jupiter can reach an apparent magnitude of −2.94, bright enough for its reflected light to cast shadows, and making it on average the third-brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus.

Jupiter is a sphere of gas, not like earth and the first four planets of the solar system, which are terrestrial planets composed of solid silicate rocks or metals. Jupiter’s clouds are composed of ammonia and water vapor drifting in an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium.

The Great Red Spot is similar to a hurricane, but it is persistent although shrinking ever since it has been observed.