Jupiter: Latest Discoveries and Photos

Learn the latest discoveries about Jupiter and the Jovian moons and rings. The gas giant Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system.
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Jupiter's Moon Europa May Have Plate Tectonics Just Like Earth
Europa
September 8th, 2014
Big slabs of ice are sliding over and under each other within Europa's ice shell, a new study suggests. The Jovian satellite may thus be the only solar system body besides Earth to possess an active system of plate tectonics.
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Giant Geysers on Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa Mysteriously Disappear
This artist's concept image depicts a water vapor geyser erupting from the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa.
September 5th, 2014
In December 2013, researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope announced they had spotted evidence of geysers erupting from Europa's south polar region. But follow-up Hubble observations in January and February showed no signs of the plumes.
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Electric Moon Sparks May Break Down Lunar Dirt
Moon Undergoing Subsurface Sparking
September 2nd, 2014
Electric sparks might have helped break down lunar soil, suggesting the moon may be significantly more active than previously thought. The phenomenon may take place throughout the solar system, from Mercury to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
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Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa: Best Bet for Alien Life?
Europa Thick Ice Crust
August 22nd, 2014
Scientists discuss what makes Jupiter's moon Europa perhaps the solar system's best bets for hosting life beyond Earth.
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Wow! Giant Volcanoes Rock Jupiter's Moon Io (Photos)
Bright Outburst on Io
August 4th, 2014
Astronomers imaged three monster eruptions on Jupiter's moon Io over a two-week span in August 2013 and released the photos Monday (Aug. 4). The frequency of the blasts surprised researchers, who had recorded just 13 huge Io eruptions from 1978 to 2006.
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