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Jupiter Now Has 69 Moons

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 moons to 69. Read More >>

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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 kilometres). 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 new study suggests the weird world got very large very quickly, and not from crushing protein shakes. Read More >>

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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 solar system, and an incredible view of its rings proves just how true that is. Read More >>

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Massive Lava Waves Detected on Jupiter’s Moon Io

Io is the closest thing we have to hell in our Solar System, a Jovian moon that features hundreds of active volcanoes and expansive lakes filled with lava. New observations suggests that the largest of these lakes, Loki Patera, produces enormous waves that repeatedly flow around the molten surface. Read More >>

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Let Glorious Jupiter Distract You From Existential Dread

Lingering sense of ennui creeping in? Concerned about our crumbling infrastructure? Allow me to temporarily assuage your problems by offering up some lovely images of Jupiter. They won’t solve anything, but they just might help you get through day the without shouting into a stranger’s face or kicking over a traffic cone. Read More >>

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New Up-Close Image of Jupiter’s Stormy Clouds is Mind-Blowing

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back the most mesmerising images from Jupiter. The pictures are so good they’ve created a community of citizen scientists who enhance the orbiter’s raw images and make them into literal works of art. While the colourised images are always spectacular, this time, citizen scientist Roman Tkachenko has outdone himself and enhanced what could be the best Jupiter pic yet. Read More >>

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Saturn’s Weirdest Moon is Full of Electric Sand

Saturn is the golden retriever of the solar system: it’s nice to look at and generally everyone’s favourite, including mine. While liking Saturn is admittedly a little basic, its 62 moons are anything but—it has a Death Star moon, a dumpling moon, and many other misfits. But its largest moon, Titan, might actually be the weirdest moon in the solar system. In addition to literal seas of methane, scientists are now reporting that Titan is full of electric sand. Read More >>

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New Up-Close Image of Jupiter Is So Hypnotic It Hurts

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has consistently been coming through with the best close-up images of Jupiter we’ve ever seen. But a newly released, enhanced-colour image of a large dark spot might be the most ethereal of all—its swirling, colourful clouds make it seem like a Jovian Van Gogh. Read More >>

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Europe’s First Spacecraft to Jupiter Will Be Taking a Crazy Route

They say the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but for JUICE—a European Space Agency-led, Jupiter-bound probe scheduled to launch in 2022—the quickest route will involve a rather convoluted journey requiring four gravitational assists with three different planets. Read More >>

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New Close-Up Image of Jupiter’s Turbulent Region Is Breathtaking

Sure, things are pretty wacky here on Earth, but they’re nothing compared to the gigantic storm twice as wide as our own planet raging on Jupiter. The area just west of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is both dazzling and chaotic, filled with swirling clouds of mystery. Now, thanks to NASA’s Juno spacecraft—and a very skilled citizen scientist—we have the most high-res image of this region ever. Read More >>

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NASA’s Juno Mission Suffers a Frustrating Setback

NASA’s Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft hasn’t been able to catch a break lately. This past October, Juno suffered a malfunction with a pair of helium valves, causing NASA to delay an engine burn that would have brought the spacecraft into its “science orbit.” Today, after months of evaluation, NASA announced that it has decided to forgo that engine burn entirely. Juno will remain in its current 53.5-day orbit for the rest of its mission, which isn’t the worst news, but it’s not great either. Read More >>

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Watch 104 Satellites Fire Out of a Rocket In Record-Setting Space Mission

Today, India blew away all previous records for launching multiple satellites at one time. Watching each of these little guys with their own individual purposes flood the sky and kick the country’s space programme into overdrive is just as cool as it sounds. Read More >>

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New Close-Up Image of Jupiter’s South Pole is Mind-Blowingly Beautiful

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has once again delivered stunning images of Jupiter, this time giving us a glimpse at the gas giant’s south pole. The image, taken from Juno’s most recent flyby on February 2nd, was captured at an altitude 63,400 miles. While there aren’t any Jovian penguins on this south pole (that we know of), we can clearly see magnificent, swirling white clouds. Read More >>

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NASA Is Sending a Probe to Explore Jupiter’s Mysterious Trojan Asteroids

In addition to its 67 moons, Jupiter is accompanied by two giant clusters of asteroids that orbit the sun along the same path, and is packed with as many large objects as the Asteroid Belt. Yesterday, NASA announced a new mission to investigate these “trojan” asteroids. Here’s what you need to know about this exciting new project. Read More >>

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NASA’s Juno Mission Has Inspired Some Jaw-Dropping Artwork

NASA’s Juno mission may have fallen behind schedule, but that hasn’t stopped artists and amateur astronomers from having a blast with the data. The Jupiter-orbiting spacecraft’s citizen science camera just sent back its second batch of close-up images—and over the past few days, folks have been processing them to create some out-of-this-world artwork. Read More >>