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Spacecraft May Have Flown Right Through a Plume of Water on Jupiter's Moon Europa Spacecraft May Have Flown Right Through a Plume of Water on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Sometimes, scientists have the answers all along—they just don’t think to ask the question. For example, it appears that in 1997, the Galileo orbiter flew through a jet of water shooting out from Jupiter’s moon Europa without even trying.

Congressman Divulges Unreleased Study to Win Support for Life-Hunting Mission to Jupiter's Moon Europa Congressman Divulges Unreleased Study to Win Support for Life-Hunting Mission to Jupiter's Moon Europa

A mission that would sample plumes of gas shooting off of Jovian moon Europa appears to remain on track for a 2022 launch, after a meeting of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) subcommittee in which Republican Congressman John Culberson shared unreleased scientific results with his colleagues. The new paper…

How the Hell Did This Asteroid Get All the Way Out Past Neptune? How the Hell Did This Asteroid Get All the Way Out Past Neptune?

A rock that formed in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter seems to have somehow traveled to the orbit of Neptune, according to a new observation.

Are Jupiter and Venus Messing With Earth’s Climate? Are Jupiter and Venus Messing With Earth’s Climate?

Our planet is in a remarkably circular orbit around the Sun, but as new research points out, Earth’s orbit sometimes experiences a slight jolt, thanks to the combined gravitational influence of Jupiter and Venus. Incredibly, this cycle has been going on for at least 215 million years—and one scientist suggests it…

Grab Your Telescope: Jupiter Will Shine Its Brightest Tonight Grab Your Telescope: Jupiter Will Shine Its Brightest Tonight

This weekend I got to experience the dark skies over a nameless lake somewhere between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Bemidji, Minnesota. It was my first time seeing the faint band of our own Milky Way. But we had our telescope pointed on something we could have seen just as easily from a Brooklyn stoop: Jupiter, the…

Forgotten Data From 1996 Sheds New Light on Jupiter’s Mysterious Moon Ganymede Forgotten Data From 1996 Sheds New Light on Jupiter’s Mysterious Moon Ganymede

Twenty-two years ago, the Galileo spacecraft made its first flyby of Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. Scientists with NASA have taken a new look at the data collected during that historic encounter, providing tantalizing new details about this strange celestial object, its unique magnetic shield, and its unusually…

How Juno's Breathtaking Jupiter Images Are Made How Juno's Breathtaking Jupiter Images Are Made

Jupiter’s sandy swirls and blue-hued poles are visible even from Earth. But the Juno spacecraft’s crisp and colorful images begin as warped and dull raw files. The fantastic finished visuals are the result of enthusiastic amateur astronomers, software developers, and artists communicating over message boards. They…

The Juno Spacecraft Is Revealing Some Astounding Things About Jupiter’s Mysterious Interior The Juno Spacecraft Is Revealing Some Astounding Things About Jupiter’s Mysterious Interior

NASA’s Juno space probe has been circling Jupiter for the past 20 months, and it’s been transmitting scientific data back to Earth at a furious pace. Today, astronomers are releasing four new studies based on Juno’s measurements, all of which explore the gas giant’s turbulent atmosphere and the stuff that lies beneath…

Meet the Woman Who Guides NASA's Juno Probe Through Jupiter's Killer Radiation Meet the Woman Who Guides NASA's Juno Probe Through Jupiter's Killer Radiation

On the night of July 4th, 2016, scientists successfully maneuvered a basketball court-sized probe into the orbit of the largest planet in the solar system. Some at the Florida launch cheered, some breathed a sigh of relief. But for NASA’s Heidi Becker, this could have been the mission’s end.

This Picture of Jupiter's Swirly Blue Pole Is Magnificent This Picture of Jupiter's Swirly Blue Pole Is Magnificent

I’m not usually one of those “check out this beautiful planet photo” people (jk, I am). But seriously, the images coming from the citizen scientists looking at Juno data are all incredible. I’m not sure how this latest one can even be real.

New Juno Results Reveal the Weirdness of Jupiter's Great Red Spot New Juno Results Reveal the Weirdness of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Surely you’re aware of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The violent storm is the planet’s most noticeable feature, defining Jupiter in the same way that Saturn is defined by its rings, and Earth is defined by its yapping apes.

This Surreal Shot of Jupiter’s Clouds Is Exactly What We Need Right Now This Surreal Shot of Jupiter’s Clouds Is Exactly What We Need Right Now

Just look at this incredibly detailed photo of Jupiter’s clouds as captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. It’s an otherworldly distraction to keep our minds off all the crap that’s happening here on Earth, at least for a little while.

New Observations by NASA's Juno Spacecraft Are Shaking Up Theories About Jupiter’s Auroras New Observations by NASA's Juno Spacecraft Are Shaking Up Theories About Jupiter’s Auroras

Jupiter features the largest and most powerful auroral display in the Solar System. As spectacular as they are, however, very little is known about these dancing displays of Southern and Northern lights. A recent survey by NASA’s Juno spacecraft is providing new evidence about Jupiter’s auroras—and it’s becoming…

Scientists Think They've Solved an Important Mystery About Brown Dwarfs Scientists Think They've Solved an Important Mystery About Brown Dwarfs

Are they stars? Are they lost planets? Brown dwarfs, the galaxy’s dark, wandering orbs, are some of space’s most perplexing features. They’re larger than Jupiter but smaller than stars, glow on their own and, well, they’re just really strange. A new analysis seems to explain at least a few of their mysteries.

New Image of Jupiter Is So Beautiful It's Making Us Angry New Image of Jupiter Is So Beautiful It's Making Us Angry

Despite our squabbles here on Earth, the universe is full of so much beauty it’s almost stupid. Jupiter is perhaps the most unreasonably beautiful thing in our entire solar system, and it’s not shy about flexing. Recently, citizen scientists/JunoCam superstars Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran created one of the most…

Our Best Look Yet at Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Finally Here Our Best Look Yet at Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Finally Here

Praise Cthulhu! NASA’s Juno spacecraft has just delivered the most incredible images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot—and that’s a really high bar to clear. The spacecraft has spent the last year beaming back some of the most mind-blowing images of the gas giant. But today’s batch marks a historic moment for the orbiter,…

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is About to Reveal Its Mysteries  Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is About to Reveal Its Mysteries 

Jupiter is the biggest, angriest cup of coffee in the solar system. In snapshots from NASA’s Juno spacecraft, Jupiter’s swirling clouds look divinely creamy—but the planet is anything but placid. Jovian storms, chaotic and spectacular as they are, offer a stark reminder of how awesome and terrifying the universe…

Jupiter Now Has 69 Moons (Nice) Jupiter Now Has 69 Moons (Nice)

Jupiter has just delivered the news we desperately need right now. In addition to being the biggest, oldest planet in the solar system, it turns out Jupe has been hiding two moons from us all these years. Recently, a group of astronomers spotted the pair of wayward satellites, bringing the number of Jupiter’s known…

Jupiter Is a Swole Grandpa Jupiter Is a Swole Grandpa

Of the eight planets in our solar system, Jupiter is indubitably the most swole. It is large, with a radius of 43,440 miles (69,911 kilometers). It also has a bit of a rage problem, as the planet’s constantly shifting storms are notoriously chaotic. While the Jovian origin story has always been a bit of a mystery, a…

This Look at Jupiter's Rings From the Inside Is Breathtaking This Look at Jupiter's Rings From the Inside Is Breathtaking

Juno’s first major information dump revealed some incredible insights into our big ol’ friend, Jupiter. A few close approaches from the NASA spacecraft show that the gas giant has extremely chaotic storms and can generate aurorae in ways Earth can’t, among other oddities. In short, Jupiter is the wild west of the…

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