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Jupiter Planet profile: A quick dive into the gas giant

Not only does the gas giant reign supreme in our solar system, Jupiter also harbors many fascinating features.

A picture of the orange planet Jupiter against a black background.

Last year, the Hubble Space Telescope captured this crisp view of our solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter. SOURCE: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley)

A close up of Jupiter’s orange, white, and light blue stripes.

Jupiter’s signature stripes are streams of gas that flow in alternating directions. SOURCE: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

A picture of Europa’s rocky surface with Jupiter and the Sun in the background.

Jupiter fills the sky as seen from Europa’s surface in this artist’s concept, which shows the moon’s rough, white-and-red terrain in the foreground and the Sun in the far background. SOURCE: NASA/JPL-CaltechTop of Form

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