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Author Topic: Is it true that Russia has a larger surface area than the planet Jupiter?  (Read 1291 times)

Offline P-Kasso2

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I find it hard to believe. But this is what I was confidently told by a scallywag that I know who is always pulling pranks. He said that strange but true the old Soviet Union (rather than the smaller 'post break-up' independent state of Russia) has a larger surface area than Jupiter.

Is it true? Did the old Soviet Union have a larger surface area than Jupiter.

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I wouldn't be surprised, I thought Jupiter was pretty much entirely gaseous. The wiki seems to imply that folks *think* there's a core of rock/ice, but I doubt anyone has been able to reliably measure it in detail.

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Hardly, since Jupiter, as the biggest planet, has a diameter of about 90 000 miles, compared with the Earth’s roughly 8 000. (Apologies, I know this is an old question, but I’ve only just seen it.) The “catch” presumably, as Siasl pointed out, is that Jupiter is largely gas with apparently only a small core of rock.