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Magnetic Fields Can Quash Zonal Jets Deep in Gas Giants

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

Magnetic fields around a planet or the Sun can overpower the zonal jets that affect atmospheric circulation.


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Twelve New Moons Discovered Orbiting Jupiter

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Jovian System'snew moons

Twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter have been found -- 11 "normal" outer moons, and one that they're calling an "oddball."

Another Possible Volcanic Eruption On Io

Another Possible Volcanic Eruption On Io

Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft using its Jovian InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument point to a new heat source close to the south pole of Io that could indicate a previously undiscovered volcano on the small moon of Jupiter.


Juno Solves 39-Year Old Mystery of Jupiter Lightning

Juno Solves 39-Year Old Mystery of Jupiter Lightning

Ever since NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft flew past Jupiter in March, 1979, scientists have wondered about the origin of Jupiter's lightning


Chaotic Clouds of Jupiter

Chaotic Clouds of Jupiter

This image captures swirling cloud belts and tumultuous vortices within Jupiter's northern hemisphere.


Webb Space Telescope To Target Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Webb Space Telescope To Target Jupiter's Great Red Spot

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will use its unparalleled infrared capabilities to study Jupiter's Great Red Spot.


Fresh Results From NASA's Galileo Spacecraft 20 Years On

Fresh Results From NASA's Galileo Spacecraft 20 Years On

Far across the solar system, from where Earth appears merely as a pale blue dot, NASA's Galileo spacecraft spent eight years orbiting Jupiter.


Juno Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter's North Pole

Juno Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter's North Pole

Scientists working on NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter shared a 3-D infrared movie depicting densely packed cyclones and anticyclones that permeate the planet's polar regions, and the first detailed view of a dynamo, or engine, powering the magnetic field for any planet beyond Earth.


Jupiter's Atmospheric Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

Jupiter's Atmospheric Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

The findings are part of a four-article collection about Juno science results in the March 8th edition of the journal Nature.


Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer Passes Ground Segment Requirements Review

Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer Passes Ground Segment Requirements Review

ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer - JUICE - passed an important milestone, the ground segment requirements review, with flying colors.


SOFIA Makes Observations of Jupiter Previously Only Possible from Space

SOFIA Makes Observations of Jupiter Previously Only Possible from Space

For the first time since the twin Voyager spacecraft missions in 1979, scientists have produced far-infrared maps of Jupiter using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA.


New Imagery Of Jupiter's Clouds From Juno

New Imagery Of Jupiter's Clouds From Juno

NASA's Juno spacecraft was a little more than one Earth diameter from Jupiter when it captured this mind-bending, color-enhanced view of the planet's tumultuous atmosphere.


How A Jet Stream On Jupiter Shifts Into Reverse

How A Jet Stream On Jupiter Shifts Into Reverse

Speeding through the atmosphere high above Jupiter's equator is an east-west jet stream that reverses course on a schedule almost as predictable as a Tokyo train's. Now, a NASA-led team has identified which type of wave forces this jet to change direction.


Barnstorming Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Barnstorming Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicate that this iconic feature penetrates well below the clouds


Possible Plate Tectonics on Europa

Possible Plate Tectonics on Europa

A Brown University study provides new evidence that the icy shell of Jupiter's moon Europa may have plate tectonics similar to those on Earth.


Viewing Jupiter's Clouds From Orbit

Viewing Jupiter's Clouds From Orbit

See Jovian clouds in striking shades of blue in this new view taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft.


Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere

Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere

See Jupiter's southern hemisphere in beautiful detail in this new image taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft.


Jupiter's Independently Pulsating X-ray Auroras

Jupiter's Independently Pulsating X-ray Auroras Video in Story

Jupiter's intense northern and southern lights, or auroras, behave independently of each other according to a new study using NASA's Chandra X-ray and ESA's XMM-Newton observatories.


Juno Completes Eighth Science Pass of Jupiter

Juno Completes Eighth Science Pass of Jupiter

ata returned Tuesday, Oct. 31, indicate that NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Tuesday, Oct. 24.


Surprisingly Erratic X-ray Auroras Discovered at Jupiter

Surprisingly Erratic X-ray Auroras Discovered at Jupiter

ESA and NASA space telescopes have revealed that, unlike Earth's polar lights, the intense auroras seen at Jupiter's poles unexpectedly behave independently of one another.


Juno Observes Jupiter, Io and Europa

Juno Observes Jupiter, Io and Europa

This color-enhanced image of Jupiter and two of its largest moons - Io and Europa - was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft as it performed its eighth flyby of the gas giant planet.


Jupiter's Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery

Jupiter's Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery

Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful aurora - only not in ways the researchers expected.


Jupiter Storm of the High North

Jupiter Storm of the High North

A dynamic storm at the southern edge of Jupiter's northern polar region dominates this Jovian cloudscape, courtesy of NASA's Juno spacecraft.


Surprise Collision on Jupiter Captured by Gemini Telescope

Surprise Collision on Jupiter Captured by Gemini Telescope

Jupiter is sporting a glowing bruise after getting unexpectedly whacked by a small solar system object, according to astronomers using the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawai'i.


Juno's Amazing View Of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Juno's Amazing View Of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.


Juno Completes Flyby Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot (Update)

Juno Completes Flyby Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot (Update)

NASA's Juno mission completed a close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot on July 10, during its sixth science orbit.


Juno Flies Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot Tonight

Juno Flies Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot Tonight

On July 10 Juno will fly directly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the gas giant's iconic, 10,000-mile-wide (16,000-kilometer-wide) storm.


Gemini Images Assist Juno Mission

Gemini Images Assist Juno Mission

High-resolution imaging of Jupiter by the Gemini North telescope on Maunakea is informing the Juno mission of compelling events in Jupiter's atmosphere.


A Whole New Jupiter

A Whole New Jupiter

Early science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world


First Science Results From Juno

First Science Results From Juno

The Juno spacecraft has been in orbit around Jupiter since July 2016, passing within 3,000 miles of the equatorial cloud tops.


Jupiter's Little Red Spot

Jupiter's Little Red Spot

This enhanced color view of Jupiter's cloud tops was processed by citizen scientist Bjorn Jonsson using data from the JunoCam instrument on NASA's Juno spacecraft.



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