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NASA’s Juno objective areas remarkable volcano eruption on Jupiter moon Io

NASA’s Juno objective areas remarkable volcano eruption on Jupiter moon Io

Mars might not be erupting, but it looks like Jupiter's moon Io sure is.  NASA's Juno spacecraft saw evidence of an eruption on what the space agency calls the "most volcanically active spot in the solar system" during a flyby in December. NASA released an image on Monday showing Io half in shadow with a…

Weekly Area Hangout: Mar 06, 2019– Dr. Jeff Morgenthaler of the...

Hosts:Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org)Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier )Dr. Pamela Gay (astronomycast.com / cosmoquest.org / @starstryder) Jeff Morgenthaler, a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, likes to think of himself as an experimental physicist whose laboratory opens to the sky. He has used a comet to measure the ionization…
Jupiter or Earth? Which One’s Which, and Why Do They Look so Comparable?

Jupiter or Earth? Which One’s Which, and Why Do They Look...

Jupiter: a massive, lifeless gas giant out there on the other side of the asteroid belt. It’s a behemoth, containing 2.5 times as much mass as all the other planets combined. To top it off, it’s named after the Roman God of War. Earth: a tiny rocky world, almost too close to the Sun, where…
It’s a World Celebration! See Venus, Saturn and Jupiter with the Moon This Weekend

It’s a World Celebration! See Venus, Saturn and Jupiter with the...

Skywatchers should look out for a planet party in the morning sky this Friday and Saturday (March 2 to 3). Credit: Starry Night software This weekend, a brilliant display of planetary objects will dazzle you — if you can wake up before the sun rises. Venus will be shining spectacularly beside Saturn, Jupiter and the…
The Most Recent Remarkably Lovely Picture Of Jupiter Captured by Juno

The Most Recent Remarkably Lovely Picture Of Jupiter Captured by Juno

There’s something about Jupiter that mesmerizes those who gaze at it. It’s intricate, dazzling clouds are a visual representation of the laws of nature that’s hard to turn away from. And even though the Juno spacecraft has been at Jupiter for almost three years now, and has delivered thousands of images of the gas giant’s…
Is Jupiter’s Great Red Area Vanishing as We Near Opposition 2019?

Is Jupiter’s Great Red Area Vanishing as We Near Opposition 2019?

Jupiter opposition season is nigh, and with it, the largest planet in our solar system and its iconic Great Red Spot present us with a key mystery. Jupiter in 2019 Jupiter reaches opposition for 2019 on June 10th. For an outer planet with an orbit exterior to the Earth, opposition simply means it’s ‘opposite’ to…
Why Is Jupiter So Bright? At Its Fantastic Best Today, The Icy Asteroid That Ended Up Being A Gas Giant

Why Is Jupiter So Bright? At Its Fantastic Best Today, The...

An image by citizen scientist Kevin Gill and JunoCam of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill © CC BY Jupiter is a giant. It’s the giant. Hence its name. Jupiter, also called Jove, was the god of the sky and thunder, the king of the gods in Roman mythology. ADVERTISEMENT The giant planet (it’s 11 times the…
Jupiter might have had a head-on crash with an enormous protoplanet

Jupiter might have had a head-on crash with an enormous protoplanet

K. Suda & Y. Akimoto/Mabuchi Design Office Planet-forming disks start out as a mix of dust and gas, but the gas doesn't stick around for long. As the star at their center ignites, the radiation it emits starts driving off the gas, eventually leaving a disk with nothing but dust behind. That creates a narrow…
Dang, NASA, this Jupiter picture is stunning

Dang, NASA, this Jupiter picture is stunning

The Juno spacecraft captured this Jupiter view in late May. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill Thank you to NASA for launching the Juno spacecraft to go study Jupiter. And thank you to citizen scientist Kevin Gill for putting in the processing work to turn Juno's raw images into a spectacular new portrait of the wild gas giant.…
Jupiter is so near Earth you can see its moons with field glasses

Jupiter is so near Earth you can see its moons with...

Jupiter stands out in this marble-like portrait from NASA, processed by Kevin Gill. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill A few nights ago, a friend asked, "What's that star?" We looked up at a bright pinpoint shining above the horizon. But it was no star. It was Jupiter. The massive gas giant planet is showing off for us…

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