Jupiter

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Cassini’s awe-inspiring view of Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io

Cassini’s awe-inspiring view of Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA] How big is Jupiter’s moon Io? The most volcanic body in the Solar System, Io (usually pronounced “EYE-oh”) is 3,600 kilometers in diameter, about the size of planet Earth’s single large natural satellite. Gliding past Jupiter at the turn of the millennium, […]

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‘Built like an armored tank’, Juno swoops through debris, radiation in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere

‘Built like an armored tank’, Juno swoops through debris, radiation in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere

July 4, 2016 [CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] NASA’s Juno spacecraft was to fire its main rocket engine late Monday to slow itself down from a speed of 150,000 mph (250,000 kph) and slip into orbit around Jupiter. With Juno on autopilot, the delicately choreographed move comes without any help from ground controllers. The […]

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Juno, on July 4, will fire engine, orbit Jupiter’s poles at cloud-top level

Juno, on July 4, will fire engine, orbit Jupiter’s poles at cloud-top level

After nearly a five-year journey, Juno enjoys a perspective on Jupiter not often seen, even by spacecraft from Earth that usually swing by closer to Jupiter’s equator. Looking down toward the ruling gas giant from a distance of 10.9 million kilometers, the spacecraft’s JunoCam captured this image with Jupiter’s nightside and orbiting entourage of four […]

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Planetary dawn spectacular

Planetary dawn spectacular

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, TWAN)] Planet Earth’s horizon stretches across this recent Solar System group portrait, seen from the southern hemisphere’s Las Campanas Observatory. Taken before dawn it traces the ecliptic with a line-up familiar to November’s early morning risers. Toward the east are bright planets Venus, […]

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Salt Lake sky

Salt Lake sky

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Michael Wilson] This was a sky to show the kids. All in all, three children, three planets, the Moon, a star, an airplane and a mom were all captured in one image near Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA in early September of 2005. Minus the airplane, this busy […]

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The stars are aligned: Jupiter and Venus, closer and closer . . .

The stars are aligned: Jupiter and Venus, closer and closer . . .

Kelly Beatty, Sky and Telescope The two brightest planets are gliding closer together in the early evening sky, and their celestial dance culminates with an ultra-close pairing on June 30th. Anyone who pays even cursory attention to the evening sky has surely noticed that the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, have been drawing closer […]

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Jupiter’s largest moon poses with our solar system’s largest storm

Jupiter’s largest moon poses with our solar system’s largest storm

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Damian Peach/SEN] In this sharp snapshot, the Solar System’s largest moon Ganymede poses next to Jupiter, the largest planet. Captured on March 10 with a small telescope from our fair planet Earth, the scene also includes Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the Solar System’s largest storm. In fact, Ganymede is […]

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Hubble does it again! A Jupiter triple-moon conjunction

Hubble does it again! A Jupiter triple-moon conjunction

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)] Our solar system’s ruling giant planet Jupiter and 3 of its 4 large Galilean moons are captured in this single Hubble snapshot from Jan. 24. Crossing in front of Jupiter’s banded cloud tops Europa, Callisto, and Io are framed from lower […]

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A rare triple-eclipse on Jupiter

A rare triple-eclipse on Jupiter

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] / Copyright: Leo Aerts This webcam and telescope image of banded gas giant Jupiter shows the transit of three shadows cast by Jupiter’s moons in progress, captured in Belgian skies on Oct. 12 at 0528 UT. Such a three shadow transit is a relatively rare event, even for a […]

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What to see with your shiny new telescope

What to see with your shiny new telescope

As the gift-giving season comes to an end, maybe now you’ve got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you’re on your way to discovering many amazing things in the night sky. Be it a long, sleek tube or a compact marvel of computerized wizardry, every new telescope surely has an owner […]