What is Jupiter made of?
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The interior of Jupiter is hard to find out about due to the nature of the planet and it is hard to see right through to the surface.
However, it is thought that the interior of this giant planet - Jupiter - is liquid, so there is no solid interior at all!
It is thought to be virtually all hydrogen with about 10% contribution of helium.
It is also incredibly hot at the centre due to the extreme pressure of the massive planet and about 13 - 35,000C - and around 100 million Earth atmospheres in pressure!
The physical core itself probably is small and rocky. The pressure is so extreme that they hydrogen acts like a metal here as the electrons are released from orbit.
The magnetic field is supposed to be generated in this way as well.
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