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Meanwhile in space: Jupiter looks great and Mars is a dust heap

Meanwhile in space: Jupiter looks great and Mars is a dust heap

Here’s the most gorgeous space news you need to catch up on. A time lapse sequence at Jupiter’s South Pole. Gerald Eichstädt/JunoCam Travel Pictures Quick, what were you doing on February 7, between 10:21 a.m. and 11:01 a.m.

NASA’s Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

NASA’s Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

This animation simulates the motion of clouds in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The animation was made by applying a wind movement model to a mosaic of JunoCam images. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Justin Cowart › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> Data collected by NASA’s Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter’s […]

Jupiter’s Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery

Jupiter’s Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery

This is a reconstructed view of Jupiter’s northern lights through the filters of the Juno Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph instrument on Dec. 11, 2016, as the Juno spacecraft approached Jupiter, passed over its poles, and plunged towards the equator. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Bertrand Bonfond › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> Scientists on NASA’s […]

Monday NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Will Fly Over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (Video)

Monday NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Will Fly Over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (Video)

Just days after celebrating its first anniversary in Jupiter orbit, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will fly directly over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the gas giant’s iconic, 10,000-mile-wide (16,000-kilometer-wide) storm. This will be humanity’s first up-close and personal view of the gigantic feature – a storm monitored since 1830 and possibly existing for more than 350 years. […]

Jupiter now officially has 69 moons. There are likely more to be confirmed

Jupiter now officially has 69 moons. There are likely more to be confirmed

Credit: NASA. It’s amazing how astronomers are still discussing the possibility of finding a new planet in the solar system in 2017. Compared to that, finding new moons shouldn’t be all that surprising, especially around Jupiter which is some 630 million miles away from Earth. In fact, the environment around Jupiter, a planet 317 times […]

NASA: New Insights into ‘Ocean Worlds’ in Our Solar System

NASA: New Insights into ‘Ocean Worlds’ in Our Solar System

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other “ocean worlds” in our solar system and beyond. The findings are presented in papers published Thursday by researchers with NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn and Hubble Space Telescope. In the […]

Jupiter’s Extended Family? A Billion or More

Jupiter’s Extended Family? A Billion or More

  Our galaxy is home to a bewildering variety of Jupiter-like worlds: hot ones, health cold ones, health giant versions of our own giant, pint-sized pretenders only half as big around. Astronomers say that in our galaxy alone, a billion or more such Jupiter-like worlds could be orbiting stars other than our sun. And we […]

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Sends First In-orbit View

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Sends First In-orbit View

The JunoCam camera aboard NASA’s Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno’s visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system. The first high-resolution images of the […]

Juno arrives at Jupiter: ‘It’s the end of the voyage, but it’s the beginning of the science’

Juno arrives at Jupiter: ‘It’s the end of the voyage, but it’s the beginning of the science’

After traveling through the solar system for nearly five years, NASA’s Juno spacecraft reached Jupiter on Monday night and began orbiting the mysterious planet at 8:53 p.m. PDT, a mere 1-second deviation from its intended schedule. Upon hearing the tone that signaled Jupiter’s entry into orbit, the mission control room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory […]

NASA’s Juno Peers Inside a Giant

NASA’s Juno Peers Inside a Giant

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will make its long anticipated arrival at Jupiter on July 4. Coming face-to-face with the gas giant, Juno will begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries surrounding our solar system’s largest planet, including the origin of its massive magnetosphere. Magnetospheres are the result of a collision between a planet’s intrinsic magnetic […]

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