How long would it take to fly a plane around Jupiter?
A typical fast commercial airplane has a speed of about 800 kph. The radius of Jupiter is 69911 kilometers. If you fly 45 kilometers above the Jupiter, that gives your circular path around Jupiter a diameter of 140,000 km. At the 800 kph speed that will take 550 hours or almost 23 Earth days to make a full circle.
Voyager 1 took three years and two months, Voyager 2 took four years, and the Cassini spacecraft took six years and nine months to arrive. The New Horizons spacecraft took a short two years and four months to arrive on the scene.
- In the past spacecraft have taken greatly different amounts of time to make it to Saturn. Pioneer 11 took six and a half years to arrive. Voyager 1 took three years and two months, Voyager 2 took four years, and the Cassini spacecraft took six years and nine months to arrive.
- How long is a day on Titan? A day on Titan is the same as the time it takes for the moon to orbit around Saturn, about 15 days, 22 hours, and 41 minutes. The same side of Titan always faces toward Saturn, in much the same way as the same face of our Moon always points toward the Earth.
- It takes over eight minutes of watching the solar system whizzing by at the speed of light before the Earth comes into view. At the end of the video, after 45 minutes, Jupiter finally appears. To reach Saturn, the next closest planet, would take another 36 minutes, and a further three hours or so to reach Pluto.
Updated: 25th September 2018