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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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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Jupiter Bids Farewell to Evening Sky After Sunday Moon Meetup
Jupiter, June 2014
June 28th, 2014
Jupiter will end its brilliant year-long showing on Sunday evening (June 29) with a rendezvous with a young and slender crescent moon. Both objects will sit low on the horizon in the twilight sky.
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Surprise! Big Jupiter Moons Shine Even When Eclipsed
Ganymede and Callisto Eclipsed by Jupiter
June 23rd, 2014
Jupiter's largest moons don't go completely dark when the giant planet blocks their sunlight. The discovery could reveal more about Jupiter's upper atmosphere, which may keep the moons lit when they are not directly illuminated by the sun.
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How Mighty Jupiter Could Have Changed Earth's Habitability
Jupiter As Imaged by Galileo Spacecraft
May 29th, 2014
Is Jupiter a friendly planet, Earth's enemy, or perhaps both? New research reveals how this gas giant's orbit could influence whether life can survive and thrive on Earth by determining whether civilization-destroying asteroids come this way.
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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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