Fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word. (PSALM 148:8)
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. Unlike Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, Jupiter is a giant gas planet, but deep inside it is likely made of rock and metallic gasses that have been compressed and solidified. The stripes that appear on the planet are actually generated by strong winds. Because of its gas composition and strong winds, it is prone to massive storms.
The biggest storm on Jupiter is called the Great Red Spot, and it appears as a large red spot on the planet. It’s a storm that has been raging for a long time—it has been observed continuously since the 1800s. Imagine being stuck inside your house for an almost 200-year-long storm! We are not sure if God created Jupiter with the Great Red Spot storm, or if the storm started after God initially created everything. There would not be a problem in a perfect world before Adam and Eve sinned to have a storm like this on a planet that doesn’t have life.
Jupiter is actually a rather hot planet. It gives off more heat energy than it receives. This is important because some people incorrectly think that Jupiter is billions of years old. If it were, it should have cooled off by now. But if it were created about 6,000 years ago, this explains why it still has heat to give off.