Jupiter

NASA shares the first 3D view of the Jovian atmosphere courtesy of Juno

NASA shares the first 3D view of the Jovian atmosphere courtesy of Juno

NASA has been studying Jupiter using its Juno probe to reveal secrets of the gas giant that scientists have wondered about for decades. Recently, NASA shared new findings from Juno that provides a better picture of the distinctive and colorful atmospheric features of Jupiter, shedding light on what's going on deep inside of its dense atmosphere beneath the clouds. In addition, the data has helped NASA learn more about the inner workings of the various belts and zones of clouds circling the gas giant.

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NASA’s next super-ambitious Jupiter spacecraft is almost ready for launch

NASA’s next super-ambitious Jupiter spacecraft is almost ready for launch

NASA is readying one of its most ambitious spacecraft so far for launch next month, with Lucy set to undertake an asteroid-hopping circuit of some of Jupiter's most intriguing neighbors. The Trojan asteroids are clustered into two sizable swarms, circling around the Sun along with the vast gas giant, and the Lucy mission will be the first to study them closely.

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Wind speeds in Jupiter’s iconic red spot are getting faster

Wind speeds in Jupiter’s iconic red spot are getting faster

One of the most iconic features of Jupiter is its iconic Great Red Spot. That feature is a massive storm that's been going on for centuries. Observations made using the Hubble Space Telescope have determined that wind speeds inside that massive storm have increased.

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Amateur astronomer captures Jupiter impact

Amateur astronomer captures Jupiter impact

An amateur astronomer from Brazil named José Luis Pereira enjoys taking photographs and videos of the planets in the solar system on clear nights. Pereira says that when Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars are in opposition, he takes images on every clear night. He particularly enjoys imaging Jupiter, which he calls his favorite planet.

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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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