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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Why NASA Europa Probe Will Study Jupiter Moon's Dust
Artist's Concept of Europa Clipper Mission Image
November 20th, 2015
An inside look at the dust-analyzing instrument that will fly on NASA's upcoming mission to the ocean-harboring Jupiter moon Europa.
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What's It Like to See Auroras on Other Planets?
aurora, galaxy
November 19th, 2015
Witnessing an aurora first-hand is a truly awe-inspiring experience no matter what planet you may be on.
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Search for Life: Where Should a Europa Lander Touch Down?
Jupiter's Moon Europa
October 30th, 2015
Europa's complex chaos regions — which feature numerous cracks, ridges and other signs of geological activity — may offer a way to sample the moon's huge subsurface ocean of liquid water, which is buried beneath perhaps 60 miles of ice.
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Did Comets Spark Alien Life in Europa's Oceans?
Impact on Europa
October 14th, 2015
It's a virtual certainty that comets have delivered the building blocks of life to Europa's hidden ocean, according to a new study.
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October's Planets on Parade: How and When to See Them
Moon, Venus and Regulus, October 2015
October 5th, 2015
Here's a guide for October skywatchers: First catch Saturn, then Jupiter, Mars and Venus, and finally Mercury in the night sky as this month's planetary parade begins.
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Planets on Parade in the November Sky: How and When to See Them
Venus in November 2015
November 3rd, 2015
Although the bright planets disappear from the evening sky in November, the predawn hours feature a planetary parade. Here are some gorgeous planet-watching events to look for in the coming weeks.
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'Chaos' on Jupiter’s Moon Europa Perhaps Spawned by Comet Crashes
Europa Cross-Sectional Illustration
October 20th, 2015
Cosmic impacts might have helped deliver the ingredients for life into the hidden oceans that scientists think lurk beneath the surfaces of Europa and several other frozen moons in the solar system.
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