Jupiter

Juno teams with two observatories to learn more about Jupiter

Juno teams with two observatories to learn more about Jupiter

NASA has announced that it's working with other agencies and observatories to learn more about Jupiter. NASA is using data from Juno and the Japanese Hisaki Satellite, and the W.M. Keck Observatory to solve the "energy crisis" on Jupiter. Jupiter is five times further from the sun than the Earth and wouldn't be expected to be warm.

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Juno’s beautiful view of Ganymede is a tenth birthday gift to us all

Juno’s beautiful view of Ganymede is a tenth birthday gift to us all

Juno's science team has shared a new infrared image map of the gigantic moon orbiting Jupiter known as Ganymede to celebrate the spacecraft's 10th year since launch. Ganymede is a massive moon larger than the planet Mercury covered in an icy shell. What's so interesting about the Jovian moon is that scientists believe it has an ocean of liquid water underneath its crust of ice.

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Hubble telescope discovers evidence of water vapor on Jovian moon Ganymede

Hubble telescope discovers evidence of water vapor on Jovian moon Ganymede

Jupiter is an interesting planet and has multiple moons orbiting it. The largest moon orbiting Jupiter is called Ganymede, and it's very large indeed. In fact, Ganymede is the ninth largest object in the solar system, in addition to being the largest moon orbiting the planet. Scientists speculate that Ganymede may hold more water than all of Earth's oceans.

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Amateur astronomer discovers a new Jovian moon

Amateur astronomer discovers a new Jovian moon

Everyone knows that the Earth only has one moon orbiting the planet. We all get to see it most nights, no matter where we are on the globe. While Earth has only one moon, other planets have significantly more. Jupiter for instance, has 79 known moons and may have one more.

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NASA video takes us on a flyby of Jupiter and Ganymede

NASA video takes us on a flyby of Jupiter and Ganymede

On June 7 of this year, the NASA Juno spacecraft flew closer to Jupiter's frigid moon Ganymede than any other spacecraft in the last 20 years. Later the same day, Juno made its 34th flyby of Jupiter. NASA has offered a new animation that provides a "starship captain" point of view of each flyby.

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Scientists study the cumulative effects of small impacts on the surface of Europa

Scientists study the cumulative effects of small impacts on the surface of Europa

NASA is gearing up for the Europa Clipper mission that will study the Jovian moon Europa. Europa is one of the more interesting objects in the solar system as it's believed to have a subsurface ocean under its frozen exterior that could potentially harbor life. Scientists funded by NASA are studying the cumulative effects of small impacts on the surface of Europa.

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Astronomers finally solve a decades-old mystery surrounding Jupiter’s x-ray bursts

Astronomers finally solve a decades-old mystery surrounding Jupiter’s x-ray bursts

A group of researchers has solved a mystery that has lingered for 40 years of how Jupiter produces bursts of x-rays every few minutes. The team says the x-rays are part of Jupiter's aurora, which are bursts of visible and invisible light occurring when charged particles interact with the atmosphere of the massive planet. On Earth, auroras happened as well and are more commonly known as the northern lights.

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NASA Juno probe will fly within 645 miles of Ganymede’s surface

NASA Juno probe will fly within 645 miles of Ganymede’s surface

One of the largest planets in the solar system is Saturn, and it has some of the most intriguing moons in the entire solar system. One of its moons, called Ganymede, is the largest moon in the solar system, and it will get its first close pass by a probe in more than two decades on Monday. The NASA Juno mission has been observing Jupiter and its moons since 2016.

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Europa may have active volcanoes on its ocean floor

Europa may have active volcanoes on its ocean floor

One of the more interesting objects in the solar system, when it comes to searching for the potential for extraterrestrial life, is Jupiter's moon Europa. On the surface, Europa looks like a giant frozen eyeball covered in veins. It's hard to imagine activity under that frozen surface, but scientists believe that the rocky layer underneath that frozen surface could be hot enough to melt, creating undersea volcanoes.

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Clyde’s Spot on Jupiter has changed significantly since last year

Clyde’s Spot on Jupiter has changed significantly since last year

Everyone is familiar with the giant storms that rage in the atmosphere of Jupiter that we see as swirling patterns in the dense clouds of the planet's atmosphere. While most are familiar with the giant red spot, many may have never heard of another storm called Clyde's Spot, first discovered on Jupiter in 2020. The larger image below showed the spot when it was found on June 2, 2020, looking very much like a small and white version of the Giant Red Spot Jupiter is famous for.

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Jupiter’s atmosphere imaged using different colors of light

Jupiter’s atmosphere imaged using different colors of light

New images have been shared of Jupiter taken in multiple colors of light. The images come from Gemini North and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and showcase Jupiter in infrared, visible, and ultraviolet wavelengths of light. The images show atmospheric features of Jupiter including the Great Red Spot, superstorms, and massive cyclones that stretch across the disc of the planet.

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NASA’s Europa Clipper hits huge milestone in hunt for life on Jupiter’s moon

NASA’s Europa Clipper hits huge milestone in hunt for life on Jupiter’s moon

NASA has big hopes for Jupiter's moon Europa, and the American space agency has just dotted the i's and crossed the t's on the spacecraft that will fly out there to see if it can actually support life. Europa Clipper faces a long journey, with Jupiter orbiting the Sun at a far more distant elliptical path than Earth, but what it could find there may make that all worthwhile.

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