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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 colourful 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 work together to turn the raw images into accurate art for the space-loving public. Read More >>

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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 its cloudy surface. As their results show, the largest planet in our Solar System is even more exotic than we realised. Read More >>

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

On the night of 4th July 2016, scientists successfully manoeuvred 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. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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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 increasingly clear they’re not at all like what we expected. Read More >>

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Our Best Look Yet at Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is Finally Here

Praise Cthulu! 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, which got closer to the Great Red Spot than ever before on Monday, July 10th. Although all Juno pics are ethereally beautiful, these Great Red Spot snaps are just absurd. Seriously, how dare you go and be this beautiful, Jupiter. Read More >>

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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 really is. Goddamn are they both. Read More >>

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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 >>