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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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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Color of Jupiter's Great Red Spot Comes from Epic Sunburn
Great Red Spot closeup
November 17th, 2014
The Great Red Spot on Jupiter's face is secretly dull in color. But the swirling storm looks crimson thanks to something like a cosmic "sunburn." Gases in Jupiter's upper atmosphere turn reddish when they're hit with sunlight, scientists say.
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The Brightest Planets in November’s Night Sky: How to See Them
Mercury in November 2014
November 11th, 2014
Get up early or stay out late to see some of the brightest planets in the night sky this month. The elusive planet Mercury begins November with its best morning apparition for 2014.
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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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To Europa! Mission to Jupiter's Moon Gains Support in Congress
Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa
November 5th, 2014
Several influential congresspeople are among those calling for a mission to Europa, which is regarded by many scientists as the best place to search for life beyond Earth.
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Brightest Planets to See in October's Night Sky
See Mercury at the Beginning of October 2014
October 2nd, 2014
Look up to see planets parading across the sky this month. A series of planets, big and small, will reveal themselves to skywatchers on Earth, if weather permits.
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Tiny Cubesats May Hitchhike on Mission to Europa
Cubesats Exploring Europa
October 17th, 2014
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, has selected proposals from 10 universities to begin investigating the possible use of cubesats as auxiliary components to missions to Europa and beyond.
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