Jupiter is the king of the solar system, it has more mass than all the other planets and moons put together, and spans a whopping 88,846 miles (142,984 km) at the equator. It is over 11 times the diameter of our planet, with lightening bolts up to 1,000 times more powerful than Earth’s, and wind speeds in the upper atmosphere that can reach 100 miles per second. This planet races around in just 10 hours compared to Earth’s 24, making it the fastest rotating planet in the solar system. The image above shows the gas giant with how North America and Canada would appear to the same scale, it is completely dwarfed by Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a storm that has been raging since possibly the year 1665.
A spotted seal pup suns itself along Nome Harbor in Nome, Alaska. Nome residents report seeing more seal pups on shore this year with an early disappearance of sea ice. Sunning themselves help pups shed lanugo, the white, wooly coat theyíre born with, and grow new fur.