-108°C to +36,000°C
85,964 miles (138,346 km)
Distance from the Sun:
484 million miles (779m km)
Rotation about axis:
Revolution about Sun:
Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System.
It spins faster than any other planet which actually makes it bulge at the equator and flatten at the poles.
Because Jupiter is so big its huge gravitational force acts as a giant vacuum cleaner for the Solar System. It sucks in comets, asteroids and meteorites some of which may have been on a collision course with Earth.
Its distinctive large red spot is a storm much wider than the Earth and has been raging for over 300 hundred years.
• Safety gloves
• Smoke grenades
• Large fish bowl
To recreate the violent storms on Jupiter coloured smoke grenades were used.
Smoke grenades can be bought from paintballing suppliers (over 18s only).
When triggered they produce a dramatic, thick plume of non-lethal, coloured smoke.