During its continued mission, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will maintain its 53-day polar orbit around Jupiter. At its closest, Juno passes within 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) of Jupiter’s cloud tops once during each 53-day orbit. At the high end of each orbit, Juno is about 5 million miles (8-million kilometers) from the planet – which is just beyond the orbit of the Jovian moon Themisto. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA Re-plans Juno’s Jupiter Mission

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This artist’s concept of lightning distribution in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere incorporates a JunoCam image with artistic embellishments. Data from NASA’s Juno mission indicates that most of the lightning activity on Jupiter is near its poles. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/JunoCam

Juno Solves 39-Year Old Mystery of Jupiter Lightning

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Dramatic jets of ice, water vapor and organic compounds spray from the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in November 2009. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA Dives Deep into the Search for Life

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Artist’s illustration of Jupiter and Europa (in the foreground) with the Galileo spacecraft after its pass through a plume erupting from Europa’s surface. A new computer simulation gives us an idea of how the magnetic field interacted with a plume. The magnetic field lines (depicted in blue) show how the plume interacts with the ambient flow of Jovian plasma. The red colors on the lines show more dense areas of plasma. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Michigan

Old Data Reveal New Evidence of Europa Plumes

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Artist’s impression of the Europa clipper mission. NASA

Signs of water plumes boost chances of finding life on Jupiter’s moon Europa

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Time to peer below the swirling clouds of Jupiter. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill, CC BY

The latest from Juno as Jupiter appears bright in the night sky

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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