• LOCATION 31 | Virtual Solar System Drive: From Narrabri to Siding Spring with Fred Watson

    Jupiter

    Hey congratulations Terranauts, Jupiter is on our right hand side and 21.5 kilometres from the telescope dome which represents the Sun. In the real Solar System, Jupiter is 778 million kilometres from the Sun!

    This is the largest planet in our Solar System and named after the King of the Roman gods. It’s HUGE! It also has a powerful magnetic field and more moons that any other planet in the Solar System. It is also the fastest spinning planet, so don't get dizzy!

    The Great Red Spot was first identified in 1665 by Italian astronomer Giovanni Cassini. Astronomers believe the spot is shrinking and do not know if or when it will ever disappear entirely.

    Take a look through a telescope tonight and you may see it. Who knows? you may be one of the last people on earth to see the Great Red Spot!

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Virtual Solar System Drive: From Narrabri to Siding Spring with Fred Watson