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Juno Saw Among Io’s Volcanoes Erupting Throughout its Current Flyby

Juno Saw Among Io’s Volcanoes Erupting Throughout its Current Flyby

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Thanks to a mission extension, NASA’s Juno probe continues to orbit Jupiter, being only the second spacecraft in history to do so. Since it arrived around the gas giant on July 5th, 2016, Juno has managed to gather a great deal of information on Jupiter’s atmosphere, magnetic and gravity environment, and its interior structure. In…
Jupiter is so near Earth you can see its moons with field glasses

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

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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…
Huge ‘Ice Spikes’ Might Obstruct The Look For Alien Life On Jupiter Moon

Huge ‘Ice Spikes’ Might Obstruct The Look For Alien Life On...

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<div _ngcontent-c15="" innerhtml=" Jupiter's moon Europa, which possesses a vast, ice-capped global ocean. Voyager 2, July 9,...
Is Jupiter’s Great Red Area Vanishing as We Near Opposition 2019?

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

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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…
Dang, NASA, this Jupiter picture is stunning

Dang, NASA, this Jupiter picture is stunning

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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.…
A brand-new NASA picture of Jupiter exposes its vanishing Great Red Area in extraordinary color

A brand-new NASA picture of Jupiter exposes its vanishing Great Red...

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A new NASA portrait immortalizes the dying storm on Jupiter's surface. The Hubble Space Telescope captures annual snapshots of our solar system's gas-giant planets, and NASA just published the latest set. The image of Jupiter stands out, however, since it shows the Great Red Spot and the clouds in Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere in unprecedented color.…
Being Cassini. Experience What It Resembled to Fly Past Jupiter and Saturn and Their Moons

Being Cassini. Experience What It Resembled to Fly Past Jupiter and...

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What would it be like to be onboard the Cassini orbiter as it made its way around Jupiter and Saturn and their moons? Pretty cool. Now a new video made from Cassini images pieces together parts of that stately journey. Kevin M. Gill, software and self-described data wrangler at NASA-JPL, put together a video that…
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...

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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 simply got knocked by something so huge we saw it from Earth

Jupiter simply got knocked by something so huge we saw it...

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The apparent moment of impact on the solar system's largest world. Ethan Chappel An amateur astronomer caught something spectacular with a backyard telescope Wednesday when he recorded a bright flash on the surface of Jupiter. The biggest planet in the solar system routinely delivers stunning pictures, like those snapped by NASA's Juno spacecraft, but the…
NASA catches Jupiter storms in the tempestuous act of merging

NASA catches Jupiter storms in the tempestuous act of merging

The two oval storms inside the orange band are merging in this NASA Juno image from late December. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Image processing by Tanya Oleksuik Jupiter loves to put on a show. The gas giant's swirling atmosphere is constantly changing and rearranging. Most recently, NASA's Juno spacecraft caught sight of two oval storms in the act of merging,…

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