Jupiter a Giant: 7 scientific–non–scientific facts that you probably know

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Magnetic Jupiter is an unusual planet, by any standards, terrestrial or cosmic.

I. Take a look at Jupiter in the night sky and you will see a magnificent colored globe; it is as beautiful as a magic flower.

II. In Astrology Jupiter represents the power of Expansion but positive in your life or not it depends on the kind of correlating aspects.

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III. It is extremely large; a whole series of Earths could be strung along the equator of Jupiter, like beads.

IV. I think people have always known about Jupiter. According to the ancient Babylonians, the planet Jupiter ruled the night sky and mapped out the basic (now – Zodiacal) constellations. Yes, midnight Jupiter was the Guide, the Babylonian epic Enuma Elish or Tablets of Creation refer to Jupiter in the Fifth Tablet as the marker of the signs: “He (Marduk – the Creator) founded the station of Nibir (Jupiter) to determine their bounds…”

V. The ancient Babylonians also observed that Jupiter travels around its orbit once in almost 12 years. The planet each year moves eastward to occupy the next constellation. As a result of the relative motions of Earth and Jupiter around the Sun, the faster moving Earth overtakes Jupiter and thereby causes the planet each year to trace out a third of the constellation, i.e. 10 degrees of arc, in a westward, or retrograde, direction relative to the stars. When the ancient Babylonians discovered Jupiter’s “principle of motion” they used it as the next step in understanding of the cosmic mechanics: they registered a relevant star in the arc of 10° that Jupiter marked out. In this way each constellation got 3 stars, and the method was called “Each 3 stars”, actually this approach had created a prototype of the modern Zodiac. – There was no “Sun Cult” in ancient Babylon. Perhaps later, when Astrology continued to develop in ancient Egypt Jupiter partly deputed the “Zodiacal” job to the Sun.

VI. You are mistaken if you think that the planets lonely move somewhere in space in the deep darkness. Only the inner planets Mercury and Venus prefer travelling alone. All the outer planets have a “retinue” or followers, in modern language, most powerful of them:

Jupiter – 67 followers (satellites)

Saturn – 62 followers (satellites)

Uranus – 27 followers (satellites)

Interestingly, that Jupiter and its satellites resemble a miniature solar system, except that the outermost 4 satellites orbit oppositely to the others, whereas all the planets go around the Sun in the same direction. – So, try to guess who is dominant in the Solar System 🙂

VII. Jupiter gravity affects the orbits of the other planets. Also it may have prevented the asteroids from crashing into a planet. Many comets are pulled by Jupiter into distorted orbits, and some comets appear to have become controlled by Jupiter so that their orbits have the most distant points from the Sun. – so does Neptune. And one question to those who are still in doubt: if the planets can change the orbits of comets, can they change the orbits of our life?

 

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3 thoughts on “Jupiter a Giant: 7 scientific–non–scientific facts that you probably know

  1. Pingback: Jupiter a Giant: into the Unknown | ASTROLOGIC DIARY

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