The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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This is the planet Jupiter and its 4 largest moons at one 10-billionth actual size.
If Jupiter were this big, how far away would the sun and others planets be? Look at the map on the Jupiter panel to find your position in the solar system.
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Voyage to Jupiter
Jupiter looms in the sky above its moon Io. An erupting volcano on Io's horizon sends a plume hundreds of miles into space. The eruptions mottle Io's surface with multicolored deposits of sulfur and lakes of lava.
Jupiter's beauty masks turbulence beyond imagination. Between its colorful bands of clouds swirl immense hurricane-like storms. One, the Great Red Spot, could swallow 2 Earths. Beneath the clouds, an ocean of mostly hydrogen and helium extends to Jupiter's core.
A Solar System in Miniature
The largest planet, Jupiter reigns over at least 67 moons and a delicate system of rings. Four moons--Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto--are larger than Pluto. Ganymede is larger than Mercury. Europa has an icy surface that may conceal an ocean with more water than all the oceans on Earth--a promising place to look for life.
Walk to Saturn about 98 steps
Walk to Asteroids and Comets about 55 steps
Voyage is an exhibition of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Smithsonian Institution. It is designed for permanent installation in communities worldwide.
Erected 2013 by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 53.322′ N, 77° 1.174′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Jefferson Drive Southwest, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Air and Space Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. T.S.C. Lowe's Observation Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); Asteroids and Comets (within shouting distance of this marker); Mars (within shouting distance of this marker); Saturn (within shouting distance of this marker); Earth (within shouting distance of this marker); Venus (within shouting distance of this marker); Mercury (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sun (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Air & Space •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.