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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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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Sunday Skywatching: See Mars Meet Its Rival Antares
Mars and its "rival," the red star Antares, will dance together in the night sky on Sept. 28, 2014.
September 27th, 2014
For a couple of hours after nightfall Sunday (Sept. 28), Mars will be a fairly conspicuous light. The Red Planet will have a companion this evening; sitting below and to its left will shine the reddish 1st-magnitude star Antares.
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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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Moon to Meet Jupiter in Early Saturday Morning Sky
Jupiter and the Moon, Oct. 18, 2014
October 17th, 2014
Jupiter and the moon are set to meet up in the early morning sky on Saturday (Oct. 18).
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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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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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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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