JupiterFacts.net logo General Information & History Images Uranus Facts

Jupiter's Gravity

Jupiter’s surface gravity is 24.79 m/s2 or 81.3 ft/s2. It is 2.4 times more than Earth’s, so if you weigh 100 pounds on Earth then you would weigh 240 pounds on Jupiter. Its gravity is so strong that the escape velocity is 216,720 km/h or 134,664 mph (5.38 times more than Earth’s).

Jupiter being the most massive with the highest gravity than any other planet in our solar system helps give it the reputation as being the “vacuum cleaner” of our solar system. This is because space objects like comets and asteroids that are unstable which could even collide with Earth or other planets can get a change in direction or even pulled into Jupiter due to its great mass and gravitational pull. A matter of fact for about 7 days from July 16 through July 22, 1994, at least 21 pieces with diameters of about 2 km of an object known as “Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9” collided with Jupiter from its superior gravitational pull.

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collision with Jupiter
Brown spots show the collision from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9