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How is the rotation of Jupiter?
Question Date: 2017-05-10
Answer 1:

Jupiter is actually the fastest spinning planet in our solar system! It rotates all the way around in just about 10 hours, so it has the shortest day, too! The planet is made up of mostly gases, unlike Earth. Those gases are hydrogen and helium, the first two elements in the periodic table. Since the planet spins so fast, all of the gas in the middle bulges out a little bit, making it look like a crushed sphere rather than a perfect one. Since it's not a perfect sphere, the rotation times are different depending where you are on the planet. The equator rotates faster than the poles do, by about 5 minutes.


Answer 2:

The rotation of Jupiter is the fastest in our Solar system, it only takes about 10 hours, that means if we experience one day and night here, you will experience more than twice there in Jupiter. One more thing, since Jupiter is a gas planet, it does not rotate as a solid sphere as our Earth. The rotation near the equator in Jupiter is a little bit faster than at its poles.



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