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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How to See Venus, Saturn, Jupiter & Mercury in July's Night Sky
Saturn in July 2015
July 1st, 2015
July offers opportunities to see Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury overhead. Here's how, and when, to spot them.
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Jupiter's Movements Made Way for Earth
Jupiter Orbits
June 23rd, 2015
Jupiter may have traveled throughout the early solar system, transporting material that eventually formed the terrestrial planets, including Earth, a new study suggests.
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Tunneling Cryobot Robot May Explore Icy Moons
Cryobot on Europa
June 13th, 2015
A robot designed to tunnel through thick ice caps and penetrate subterranean seas could one day explore the underground oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa — an environment potentially habitable to life.
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Venus and Jupiter Put on a Celestial Show This Month
Venus and Jupiter in July 1 Night Sky
July 1st, 2015
If you've been watching the western sky just after sunset lately, you will have noticed two bright objects, gradually drawing closer. These are the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, and they're putting on a show this month.
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'Galileoscope' Brings Low-Cost Starwatching to Kids
Galileoscope Telescope Kit
June 12th, 2015
A low-cost telescope that takes its inspiration from Galileo — the famed Italian astronomer who discovered the moons of Jupiter in the 16th century — is once again available to celebrate the United Nations 2015 International Year of Light.
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How to Build a Smarter Mars Rover
TextureCam Test
June 5th, 2015
Engineers are looking to automate some of the simple decision-making steps undertaken by Mars rovers and orbiters, which could dramatically improve the science they are able to perform in the search for habitable environments.
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How NASA Could Explore Jupiter Moon Europa's Ocean
Mick West and Icefin
June 23rd, 2015
NASA hopes to send robotic submarines into Europa's subsurface ocean someday, and researchers are currently testing out some prototypes in Antarctica.
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NASA's Europa Mission Approved for Next Development Stage
Europa Mission Spacecraft
June 20th, 2015
A spacecraft that will study Europa, one of Jupiter's icy moons with a potentially habitable environment, just passed a major hurdle.
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Lava Lake on Jupiter Moon Io Triggers 'Hotspots' Seen from Earth
Io Lava Lake
June 11th, 2015
New images of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io show "hotspots" happening in different spots on a volcanic lake. Even more surprising given the lake's small size: the images were taken from Earth.
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