FlipFact of the Day: Out of all the planets in the Solar System, Jupiter rotates the fastest. It only takes the planet 9 hours and 56 minutes to complete one axial rotation. This rapid rotation is also why Jupiter’s equator bulges out, making it look rather flattened.
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Today’s Science History Milestone: On July 9, 1979, the space probe Voyager 2 came within 570,000 km (350,000 mi) of Jupiter’s cloud tops – its closest approach to the planet.
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