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Named after the king of the Roman gods, Jupiter is the largest body in the solar system short of the sun itself, thus earning the title the King of Planets in more ways than one.  Around it orbit four large moons, called the Galilean moons, which are visible with telescopes or strong binoculars.  Jupiter itself is often visible without the need of any aid during the night.  Jupiter has a diameter of thirteen earths, with its famous storm, the great red spot, being large enough to surround the Earth.  To date, 62 moons are attributed to Jupiter, with 8 having regular, nearly circular orbits.

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