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Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun in our solar system. Jupiter is the largest planet, 318 times bigger than Earth. One of the five planets we are able to see in the night sky without a telescope. 4th brightest after the sun, our moon, and venus.This gaseous planet is two and a half times as massive as all of the planets in our solar system combined. Jupiter has a great red spot, a massive storm about the size of two Earths, that travels around the planet which has been noticed by astronomers since they've pointed telescopes at Jupiter. Jupiter has 16 known moons and has been visited by us on six different occasions.


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Date read: 05/02/08
Web site title: Happy Living
Author, source: Happynews.com
http://www.happynews.com/living/space/jupiter-information-kids.htm
Age group: Kids

-The site is very easy to read and understand. It tells you the size of Jupiter in comparison to Earth as well as its place in our solar system. The site goes on to talk about Jupiter's atmosphere and core. You can find Jupiter's orbital period and how its time differs from Earth's time. The site tells you how many rings and moons the planet has. It goes into some detail about Jupiter's four most popular moons. The site offers basic information on the planet Jupiter in a way that children can understand and appreciate.

Date read: 05/02/08
Web site title: Windows to the Universe
Author, source: Jennifer Bergman
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/jupiter/jupiter.html
Age group: Young Adults

-The site stood out to me for the beautiful pictures of Jupiter's atmosphere and interior it had on there. It tells all the different gases that Jupiter is made of. This site will tell you about the planet's cloud patterns and storms. You will learn all the names of the 63 moons. This site also offers tables and charts of the large planet's statistics and the missions we've took to the planet. The site also offers some history facts of Jupiter and has many other sites hyper-linked to it. I would recommend this site if you want to see vibrant pictures of the huge planet.

Date read: 05/03/08
Web site title: Kids Astronomy
Author, source: Kids Astronomy.com
http://www.kidsastronomy.com/jupiter.htm
Age group: Kids

- The site is directed towards elementary school kids and offers some helpful facts about Jupiter. It gives some background on how Jupiter got its name. The site tells you how the gravity on Jupiter is much greater than the gravity on Earth. You can learn about Jupiter's great red spot. It also tells how the atmosphere and the surface of the planet meet. The site mentions some of Jupiter's popular moons and how you can see them from Earth.

Date read: 11-6-09
Web site title: The nine 8 planets
Author, source: Bill Arnett
http://nineplanets.org/jupiter.html
Age group: Young adults

- The site goes into detail of the history Jupiter and how it was discovered. The site explains Jupiter's many layers. You can find what the Galileo space probe discovered about Jupiter from this site. The article goes on to tell you why Jupiter's colors have to do with temperature and chemical reactions. You can also learn about Jupiter's great red spot, its interior, magnetic field and its rings. The site gives awesome detail about the Jovian planet.

Date read: 05/05/08
Web site title: Solar Views
Author, source: Calvin J. Hamilton
http://www.solarviews.com/eng/jupiter.htm
Age group: Adults (advanced)

- The site offers detailed information about Jupiter. It tells you about the distances of Jupiter's rings and what they are made of. You can find several pictures of Jupiter from different angles. Each picture is described by telling exactly what you are looking at, the date which the picture was taken and how far space probes were away when taking the picture. The site talks about all the things that go on within the planet and why these things are happening. You will get full detail of all the activity on Jupiter, what causes this activity and the effect of it. The site also offers information tables on Jupiter's statistics, rings and moons. I would definitely recommend this site if you are familiar with astronomy language.

The following has been added by Irene Craig.
http://search.nasa.gov/search/search.jsp?nasaInclude=jupiter
Date read: 11-6-09
NASA’s website link about Jupiter.
Gives a quick overview of Jupiter’s physical features, orbit and rotation, mass and density, temperature, magnetic field, satellites, rings and even The Impact of Cormet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and flights to Jupiter. Gives lots of comparisons and examples to help give an easier understanding of what Jupiter is like. Also has information about Jupiter’s giant red spot. NASA’s website is an overall good place to find information about space.


Date read: 11-6-09
http://burro.astr.cwru.edu/stu/jupiter_moons.html
The first link gives a description about the main moons of Jupiter: Ganymede, Callisto, Europa, and Io. Also look at the other astronomy wikispace links for information on 3 out of its four main moons:

http://astronomylinks.wikispaces.com/Io
http://astronomylinks.wikispaces.com/Ganymede
http://astronomylinks.wikispaces.com/Europa

This site will also give you the names of all of Jupiter’s moons. There is a table that includes the moons name, date of discovery, discoverer, orbital period, mass and radius of very moon.

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The following has been added by Elijah of Fall 2010:

Date Visited: 11-28-10
Web site title: The 8 planets just for kids
Author, source: Bill Arnett
Jupiter for Kids
Age group: Kids

The site gives the viewer a simple solid educational foundation about Jupiter. Site discusses Jupiter's uniqueness and brief history of where the word Jupiter originated from. Also the site mentions spacecrafts that have visited and are visiting Jupiter. Site is up to date (last updated: September 18, 2009), readable, easy to understand, holds valuable accurate information, and is easy to navigate through.

Date Visited: 11-28-10
Web site title: Welcome to the Planets
Author, source: Betty Sword
Images of Jupiter
Age group: Young Adults

The site shows images of what may be observed on Jupiter and provides brief details of images. Site is up to date (last updated: May 10, 2005), readable, easy to understand, provides a sufficient amount of accurate information, and is quick and easy to navigate through.

Date Visited: 11-28-10
Web site title: Solar System Exploration
Author, source: Phil Davis
Jupiter for Adults
Age group: Adults

The site provides in detail every single fact of information any average human being would want to know about Jupiter. Site is up to date (last updated: October 8, 2010), readable, easy to understand, provides from simple to advanced amount of accurate information, and is easy to navigate through.

Date Visited: 11-28-10
Web site title: PhotoJournal
Author, source: Sue Lavoie
Plethora of Images
Age group: Adults

The site provides a plethora full of images that show different perspectives of what Jupiter looks like, what can be found on Jupiter, and what Jupiter's moons look like as well. Also site goes into detail of every image displayed on website and states what instrument is used to capture the following image/images. Site is up to date (last updated: November 24, 2010), readable, easy to understand, provides advanced amount of accurate information, and is easy to navigate through.

Date Visited: 11-28-10
Web site title: Jupiter Fact Sheet
Author, source: Dr. David R. Williams
Technical Facts about Jupiter

The site gives viewers the technical numerical aspect of Jupiter and how it compares to Earth. Site is up to date (last updated: November 17, 2010), readable but very complex to understand, provides an advanced numerical amount of accurate information, and is easy to navigate through.

The following content added by Seth Bradd Spring 2011

Jupiter is our solar system's largest planet. Its mainly hydrogen and helium atmosphere resembles that of our sun.Some scientists even refer to the planet as a failed star, although it would need to be many times larger to have become a sun.


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Date Visited: 05/10/11
Website Title: Planetary
Author/Source: Planetary Society
http://www.planetary.org/explore/topics/our_solar_system/jupiter/

A good site for a few quick facts about Jupiter through brief and understandable content.This site contains information on Jupiter's moons,what Jupiter's atmosphere consists of, along with size and other interesting data.

Date Visited: 05/10/11
Website Title: Article Base
Author/Source: 5min
http://www.articlesbase.com/videos/5min/129694108

The link above leads you to a video which gives more than 10 facts about Jupiter. How many rings does Jupiter have, What is Jupiter made of, how many moons does it has, its location, who discovered Jupiter, how it got its name and more.

Date Visited: 05/10/11
Website Title: Article Base
Author/Source: Melanie4d00
Jupiter planet facts

A great site to get fast facts on Jupiter and become more familiar with what exactly an "astronomical unit" and the distance Jupiter is from the sun.

Date Visited: 05/11/11
Website Title: Science National Geographic
Author/Source: NASA/JPL
http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/jupiter-article.html


Most of everything you need to know about the planet Jupiter is on this site.This site works with NASA giving appropriate and updated feedback on our current solar system.

Date Visited: 05/11/11
Website Title: Spatial Reasoning
Author/Source: David Brand
http://www.spatialreasoning.net/~jupiter/

This site gives a brief overview while providing photos of what Jupiters rings are made up of.

The following content added by Joel Raith Fall 2011

Date Visited: 11/22/11
Website Title: Asterisk
Author/Source: NASA
http://asterisk.tmcnet.com/news/2011/11/17/5936694.htm

This site has a news letter that describes one of Jupiter's Moons, Europa, having an ocean under its icy surface making life a possibility. The news letter was posted on November 17, 2011. Very easy to read and you can get some quick facts from it.

Date Visited: 11/22/11
Website Title: Solar System Exploration
Author/Source: NASA
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Jupiter

You can find out most everything about Jupiter on this site, Its history, moons, rings, and basic facts.This site is very easy to navigate and has a cool layout. I believe an elementry school student could find their way through this site. It has alot of information, very detailed and you can learn alot about Jupiter here.

Date Visited: 11/28/11
Website Title: YouTube
Author/Source: History Channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjU_CJWzAd4 Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHcAJrT0Sfg&feature=related Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G95HfSQdWuU&feature=related Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCWPMlcB_pg&feature=related Part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwmEcQs20TM&feature=related Part 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmKz-Vp4TPI&feature=related Part 6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjJbcV7Jt6o&feature=related Part 7

I found these YouTube videos on Jupiters Weather, their are 7 parts, each ranging from 2 to 4 minutes long. They are very educational and detailed. The videos are easy to find and navigate from part to part. I think anyone from any age group can learn even a little bit from these videos. These can help anyone who is a more visual learner, and learn better hearing someone rather than reading themselfs.

Date Visited: 11/28/11
Website Title: Kids Astronomy
Author/Source: KidsKnowIt.com
http://www.kidsastronomy.com/jupiter/moons.htm

This site is very kid friendly. Very easy to navigate through, you can get information about any planet on this site. This link leads to Jupiter's 16 moons. Gives you dates of discovery, names of who discovered them, any cool facts, and pictures if their available.

Date Visited: 11/28/11
Website Title: Windows to the Universe
Author/Source: Windows to the Universe
http://www.windows2universe.org/jupiter/rings.html

This is a cool link to the rings of Jupiter. The website is easy to navigate, you can find other planets and parts of the universe here. Its simple to read and striaght forward. It explains the differnet parts of Jupiters Rings and compares them to Saturn's rings.

Date Visited: 11/29/11
Website Title: Astronomy Picture of the Day APOD
Author/Source: Robert Nemiroff
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap111023.html

This is a cool Website, everyday there is a new picture of something out of our universe. This picture shown is Jupiters Clouds taken from New Horizons.They have a very detail description. Their are plenty of links if anything is not understood in the description. Some Astronomy knowledge makes it easier to understand, but i beleive the general public can gain information from this site.


Date Visited: 12/4/11
Website Title: Universe Today
Author/Source: Fraser Cain
http://www.universetoday.com/15182/interesting-facts-about-jupiter/

This site gives you ten really quick cool facts about Jupiter. It covers its size, moons, rings, and other crazy facts you might not know. It gives you a quick overview of each fact then goes into a detailed paragraph full of information. All the information seems up to date and accurate. It is very easy to read for any age group or knowledge of astronomy.