This is a drawing of the interior of Io.

A Comparison of Jupiter and the Earth.

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. Jupiter is much larger than Earth, as shown in the picture. Jupiter is a gas giant planet made mostly of hydrogen. The table below provides a comparison of characteristics of Jupiter relative to Earth values.

Characteristic Relative to Earth
(Earth = 1)
Absolute Value
Mass 318

1.8986 x 1027 kg

Radius 11.2 71,492 km
(44,423 miles)
Mean Density 0.240 1.33 g/cm3
Rotation Period 0.415 9 hours 56 min.
Mean Orbital
5.204 AU 778 x 106 km
(483 x 106 miles)
Orbital Period 11.9 Earth years -----
Orbital eccentricity 2.928 0.489
Inclination to
----- 1.304
----- -148 C to >200 C
(-234 F to >392 F)
Last modified July 22, 2004 by Randy Russell.

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