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NASA’s Juno Mission Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter’s North Pole

This infrared 3-D image of Jupiter's north pole was derived from data collected by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM

NASA’s Juno Mission Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter’s North Pole

NASA’s Juno Mission Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter’s North Pole   In this animation the viewer is taken low over Jupiter’s north pole to illustrate the 3-D aspects of the region’s central cyclone and the eight cyclones that encircle it. The movie utilizes imagery derived […]

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Getting Taller as it Shrinks, NASA Team Finds

This extract from a global map of Jupiter was made from observations performed with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Getting Taller as it Shrinks, NASA Team Finds

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Getting Taller as it Shrinks, NASA Team Finds Though once big enough to swallow three Earths with room to spare, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been shrinking for a century and a half. Nobody is sure how long the storm will […]

Jupiter: scientists spot pentagon pattern of cyclones  – and unlock secrets of the planet’s interior

Pentagon of vortices. Mosaic of infrared images of Jupiter’s south pole. NASA/SWRI/JPL/ASI/INAF/IAPS

Jupiter: scientists spot pentagon pattern of cyclones – and unlock secrets of the planet’s interior

Jupiter: scientists spot pentagon pattern of cyclones – and unlock secrets of the planet’s interior Pentagon of vortices. Mosaic of infrared images of Jupiter’s south pole. NASA/SWRI/JPL/ASI/INAF/IAPS  Andrew Coates, UCL We all recognise Jupiter by its banded pattern of counter-rotating zones and belts – this […]

You too can be an astrophysicist with your new telescope

Look up … some things to do with your new telescope. Flickr/Grand Canyon National Park, CC BY

You too can be an astrophysicist with your new telescope

You too can be an astrophysicist with your new telescope Look up … some things to do with your new telescope. Flickr/Grand Canyon National Park, CC BY Michael J. I. Brown, Monash University A telescope can reveal the beauty of the universe, such as the […]

High Above Jupiter’s Clouds

Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

High Above Jupiter’s Clouds

High Above Jupiter’s Clouds 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. Jupiter completely fills the image, with only a hint of the terminator (where daylight fades to […]

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs

Stellar cluster NGC 1333 is home to a large number of brown dwarfs. Astronomers will use Webb’s powerful infrared instruments to learn more about these dim cousins to the cluster’s bright newborn stars. Credits: NASA/CXC/JPL

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are. Astronomers are hopeful that the powerful infrared capability of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will resolve a puzzle as fundamental as stargazing itself — what IS that […]

How insights into ‘supercritical fluids’ could help us understand the interior of the giant gas planets

Jupiter seen by Juno. Justin Cowart/Flickr, CC BY-SA

How insights into ‘supercritical fluids’ could help us understand the interior of the giant gas planets

How insights into ‘supercritical fluids’ could help us understand the interior of the giant gas planets Jupiter seen by Juno. Justin Cowart/Flickr, CC BY-SA John Proctor, University of Salford The temperature and pressure inside Jupiter range from about -100°c near the edge to about 15,000°c […]

NASA Solves How a Jupiter Jet Stream Shifts into Reverse

Illustration showing Jupiter and its moon Io. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

NASA Solves How a Jupiter Jet Stream Shifts into Reverse

NASA Solves How a Jupiter Jet Stream 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 […]

The Voyagers in Popular Culture

Each Voyager spacecraft carries a copy of the Golden Record, which has been featured in several works of science fiction. The record's protective cover, with instructions for playing its contents, is shown at left. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Voyagers in Popular Culture

The Voyagers in Popular Culture Whether you’re traveling across cities, continents or even oceans this holiday season, there is no long-haul flight quite like that of the Voyagers. Sit back and enjoy the view from the Voyagers’ epic journey through the solar system. See iconic […]

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

The twin Voyager spacecraft are celebrating 40 years of continual operation in August and September 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday […]