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A Baby Planet Might Have Smashed Right into Young Jupiter

Jupiter’s core seems off, astronomers think, in a way explainable by an ancient collision with another enormous body, perhaps one 10 times the mass of Earth. Read More >>

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Jupiter’s Volcanic Moon Io Continues to Surprise Scientists

Scientists have published five years of observations of Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io, revealing just how strange the world is. They even describe one volcano that might be influenced by the moon’s orbit. Read More >>

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The Hidden Ocean Beneath Europa’s Frozen Crust May Contain Basic Table Salt

Observations from the Hubble Space Telescope point to the presence of sodium chloride on the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. This is potential evidence that sodium chloride, otherwise known as table salt, exists within Europa’s subsurface ocean – yet another indication of this moon’s potential to support alien life. Read More >>

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NASA Produces Building Blocks of Life in Experimental Recreation of Ancient Earth

How did life first start? Scientists hoping to answer that question are recreating the conditions of early Earth’s oceans in a lab. Read More >>

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Juno’s Latest Pic of Clouds on Jupiter Is an Absolute Stunner

The largest planet in our Solar System also happens to be one of the most beautiful, as the Juno spacecraft’s latest image reveals. Read More >>

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Oh Crap, It Looks Like Europa’s Surface Is Covered With Gigantic Shards of Ice

Jupiter’s moon Europa, with its subsurface ocean, may have what it takes to foster alien life. A mission to this icy moon is on the wishlist of many astronomers, but new research suggests it won’t be easy to land spacecraft there: Its surface seems to be littered with icy spikes, the tallest of which measure five stories high. Read More >>

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Jupiter’s ‘Baffling’ Magnetic Field Is Unlike Any Other

Jupiter is strange for a number of reasons. It’s the biggest planet in our Solar System, of course. It harbours perhaps the most intense radiation environments. And, according to a new study, it has a magnetic field unlike that of any other known planet. Read More >>

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Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede Generates Incredible Magnetic Waves

NASA’s Galileo spacecraft surprised scientists when it revealed that Jupiter’s moon Ganymede generated its own magnetic field. But new research shows Ganymede also creates incredibly powerful waves that rocket particles to enormous energies. Read More >>

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Life on Europa Could Be Just Beyond Our Reach

Our Solar System has its own Hoth: Europa, the ice-covered Jovian moon where the existence of alien life hasn’t been ruled out. Unlike on Hoth, where life thrives on the icy surface, life on Europa would thrive in the ocean beneath its frigid surface – but of evidence for it might be just beyond the reach of our experiments. Read More >>

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Astronomers Found 10 New Moons Circling Jupiter

Scientists announced that they have discovered 10 previously unknown moons orbiting Jupiter. This brings the gaseous behemoth’s total moon count up to 79. Read More >>

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A New Pic of Jupiter’s Southern Hemisphere to Soothe Our Tortured Souls

Thank you, Juno spacecraft, for this glorious new image of Jupiter’s southernmost regions—and for reminding us of the beauty that exists within our tumultuous Solar System. Read More >>

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Jupiter’s Lightning is Somehow More and Less Like Earth’s Than Scientists Thought

As unearthly as it may be, Jupiter shares a phenomenon with our own planet that you might find very familiar: lightning strikes. And lightning on Jupiter is somehow both more (and less) like the lightning on Earth than scientists previously thought. Read More >>

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NASA to Extend Juno Jupiter Mission by Three Years

The Juno spacecraft currently orbiting Jupiter was supposed end its mission by crashing into the gas giant next month. Not anymore! Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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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 travelled to the orbit of Neptune, according to a new observation. Read More >>