Among the gas giants in our solar system, Jupiter is a lovely sight to behold in our evening skies. It always emits a bright light, but there are moments when it shines even brighter than usual.
The king of the Roman gods inspired the name Jupiter, and this planet definitely meets that regal title.
It’s so vast That if you put all the planets in our solar system inside Jupiter, it would have room to spare! 1,300 Earths could fit inside with ease, and 11 more earth could line up across its equator.
Did you know that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is a massive storm twice the size of Earth?
How fascinating! Keep reading to find out how far away Jupiter is from the other planets in our solar system.
How far away is Jupiter?
From the Earth
Jupiter is currently about 483.6 million miles away. It orbits the sun every 11.86 Earth years, and it takes light (and radio signals) about 43 minutes to travel from Jupiter to Earth.
But how does that distance change over time? Well, due to the changes in their orbits, the distance between Jupiter and Earth ranges from about 365 million miles at its closest to about 588 million miles at its farthest.
From the Sun
Jupiter is currently the fifth planet from the sun, and it orbits at an average distance of 483.6 million miles.
Its orbit is slightly elliptical, so its distance ranges from 446 million miles at its closest approach to the sun to 519 million miles at its farthest.
From other planets in our solar system
Jupiter is about 215 million miles from Saturn, 1.41 billion miles from Uranus, and 2.36 billion miles from Neptune at their closest approaches.
At its farthest distance from these gas giants, Jupiter can be over 3 billion miles away from Neptune and almost 2 billion miles away from Saturn.
Jupiter’s orbit also crosses paths with Mars, but their closest approaches are about 160 million miles apart, and their farthest distances are over 400 million miles apart.
So there you have it!
Jupiter may be colossal in size and impressive in appearance, but its distance from Earth and the other planets in our solar system definitely adds to its wonder and mystery.
How many years would it take to get to Jupiter?
It would take a spacecraft about 6 to 8 years to reach Jupiter using current technology.
However, there have been recent advancements in space travel that have the potential to shorten this journey.
The Juno spacecraft, which launched in 2011 and arrived at Jupiter in 2016, took 5 years to make the journey.
So who knows what exciting advancements we may see in the future!
With continued research and development, it is possible that we may one day be able to travel to Jupiter and beyond in a shorter amount of time.
Exciting discoveries await us in the great unknown!
Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and the largest in the solar system.
It is a gas giant with a diameter of about 143,000 kilometers. orbiting the sun once every 11.86 years.
Jupiter has more than 70 moons, including four large ones that were discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
The Juno spacecraft, which was launched by NASA in 2011, is currently studying Jupiter’s atmosphere.
Who knows what we might discover about this gas giant in the future!
Keep gazing up at Jupiter’s impressive presence in our night skies and dream of the possibilities that await us in the vast expanse of space.