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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Two Moons Cast Shadows on Jupiter Tonight: How to See It
Double Shadow Transit on Jupiter on Dec. 15, 2014
December 15th, 2014
Skywatchers with telescopes on Earth will be able to witness a remarkable cosmic event tonght: Two of Jupiter's moons will cast shadows on the face of the gas giant in the same night.
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How to See the Brightest Planets in December's Night Sky
Venus is among a number of bright planets that skywatchers can see in December's night sky.
December 2nd, 2014
With luck, skywatchers can catch sight of the five brightest planets in the sky this month. Mercury, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter should all be on display.
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Binary Earth-Size Planets Possible Around Distant Stars
Imminent Planetary Collision
November 21st, 2014
Binary Earth-size planets that orbit each other might exist around distant stars, researchers say. Simulations suggest such worlds can begin circling each other after slow, grazing collisions.
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Jupiter's Dancing Moons Offer a Treat for Stargazers Tonight
Dec. 8 Double Shadow Transit of Jupiter
December 8th, 2014
One of the treats awaiting owners of a new telescope is their first look at the giant planet Jupiter and its four tiny moons.
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NASA Unveils Most Amazing View of Jupiter's Moon Europa Ever (Video)
'Remastered' View of Europa, Jupiter's Moon
November 24th, 2014
An incredible, reprocessed picture of Jupiter's moon Europa shows the mysterious natural satellite's amazing colors as they have never been seen before.
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Unlocking the Secrets of an Alien World's Magnetic Field
'Hot Jupiter' Exoplanet
November 20th, 2014
The strength of an alien world's magnetic field may have been deduced for the first time, by analyzing fast winds slamming against it from the planet's star. The research could help gauge the strength of other exoplanets' magnetic fields as well.
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Jupiter and the Moon Share Weekend Rendezvous
Weather permitting, Jupiter can be seen high above the moon in the eastern sky before dawn on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 as shown in this sky map.
November 15th, 2014
If you were up late Friday night, or rather awake in the wee hours of Saturday, you may have seen two brilliant objects that will immediately catch your eye if the sky is clear.
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What Is Life? It's a Tricky, Confusing Question
Scanning electron microscope image of a mysterious oval structure in the Nakhla Mars meteorite. Though the structure resembles a microbial cell, scientists have not claimed it's evidence of Red Planet life.
December 4th, 2014
The way we define life has consequences for the search for life on other worlds such as Mars, Jupiter's moon Europa and the Saturn satellite Enceladus.
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