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 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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Take That, Jupiter! Planet's Great Comet Crash of 1994 Recalled
Sequential images of Jupiter show the comet impact and its aftermath.
July 17th, 2014
From July 16 to 22, 1994, more than 20 fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 pelted Jupiter's atmosphere. It marked the first time humans had witnessed a collision between two bodies in the solar system.
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Radio Signals from Jupiter Could Aid Search for Alien Life
Europa Thick Ice Crust
July 2nd, 2014
Powerful radio signals that Jupiter generates could be used to help researchers scan its giant moons for oceans that could be home to extraterrestrial life, according to a recent study submitted to the journal Icarus.
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Ideas Wanted for NASA Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa
An image of Europa's icy surface
July 16th, 2014
NASA has issued an open call for designs of scientific instruments to send on a future mission to explore Jupiter's moon Europa.
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