29/10/2011 - Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet within the Solar System with two and a half times the mass of all the other planets combined. Its name was given by the Romans, meaning "O Father Sky-God". The Chinese, Korean and Japanese referred to the planet as the wood star, and to the Babylonians, it represented their god Marduk.
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