Jupiter is located on Timor Road, 6 kilometres west of Coonabarabran. In our model, Jupiter is 21.5 kilometres from the telescope dome (the Sun). In the real Solar System, Jupiter is 778 million kilometres from the Sun!
The largest planet in our Solar System is named after the King of the Roman gods. This ‘gas giant’ does not have a solid surface, being about 90% hydrogen and 10% helium with traces of methane, water and ammonia. It takes only 9 hours 55 minutes to complete a 360° rotation on Jupiter’s axis. The ‘Great Red Spot’ – an enormous anti-cyclonic storm (similar to a hurricane) has persisted for over 400 years. Jupiter has at least 63 moons and a faint ring system!