Jupiter Archive
05 December 2013, 08:00 AM ET
Forty years ago this week, NASA's Pioneer 10 probe beamed the first up-close images of Jupiter back to Earth.
04 December 2013, 12:12 PM ET
Venus shines its brightest at 4.9 magnitude this month, the Geminid Meteor Shower peaks in mid December and more!. In the market for a telescope? - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
03 December 2013, 12:57 PM ET
Want to know where to find Venus and Jupiter in the morning or the double star in Cassiopeia. Check out the Hubblesite's latest guide to the best places to look in the night sky. Telescopes are just one click away - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
25 November 2013, 09:54 AM ET
The spacecraft Galileo is prepared for its trip to Jupiter.
25 November 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been furiously swirling across the planet for hundreds of years, confounding theories that suggest it should have died out long ago. Researchers now think they know the secret of the huge storm's longevity.
01 November 2013, 05:06 PM ET
You can expect to see Venus, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn this November with only an average telescope.
25 October 2013, 12:28 PM ET
The gibbous moon, which is 56 percent illuminated, will emerge from above the east-northeast horizon around 11:20 p.m. local time tonight. And shining brightly roughly 7 degrees above it will be the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter.
22 October 2013, 11:00 AM ET
The Juno spacecraft gets power from the sun, the first Jupiter probe of its kind.
18 October 2013, 11:55 AM ET
Technicians prepare Pioneer F spacecraft for testing in the Space Simulation Chamber.
14 October 2013, 09:54 AM ET
NASA's Juno probe exited a protective "safe mode" on Friday afternoon (Oct. 11) and is currently operating normally as it streaks toward a July 2016 rendezvous with the solar system's largest planet, mission officials said.
11 October 2013, 07:37 AM ET
NASA's Juno spacecraft went into safe mode Wednesday, shortly after making its closest approach to Earth in a speed-boosting flyby. The probe's handlers aren't sure what happened, but they suspect a minor glitch rather than a mission-threatening problem.
10 October 2013, 01:54 PM ET
Three of Jupiter's largest moons will cast their shadows simultaneously on the planet below them creating three solar eclipses at the same time: a rare cosmic event.
09 October 2013, 09:11 PM ET
NASA's Juno probe detected an anomalous condition and shut itself down this afternoon after slingshotting around Earth to gain momentum for the long trip to the solar system's largest planet.
09 October 2013, 03:29 PM ET
NASA’s Juno spacecraft came within 347 miles (558 kilometers) of Earth during its closest approach, which occurred at 3:21 p.m. EDT (1921 GMT) today over South Africa. The maneuver boosts Juno’s speed for the long trip to Jupiter.
09 October 2013, 02:01 PM ET
Planetary science is a girl's best friend. Jupiter and Saturn might be brimming over with diamonds, new research suggests.
09 October 2013, 11:04 AM ET
Consider the following: Bill Nye — best known as "The Science Guy," an homage to his award-winning 1990s television show — is the star of a new science series.
08 October 2013, 01:23 PM ET
The NASA probe, that will study how the Gas Giant formed, will use a gravity-assist from Earth on October 9th, 2013 to gain the necessary momentum to reach its destination.
07 October 2013, 01:45 PM ET
NASA's 8,000-pound Juno probe will skim just 350 miles (560 kilometers) above Earth's surface on Wednesday, getting a critical gravity assist more than two years after launching on a circuitous path to the solar system's largest planet.
01 October 2013, 04:23 PM ET
The NASA mission to Jupiter (Juno) will use a gravity assist from Earth to send it on its way to the Gas Giant. There will also be opportunities to see 9% more of the moon on its eastern and western limbs.
25 September 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Io is the most volcanically active object in the solar system, dissipating its massive stores of internal heat via intense eruptions. Earth may have gone through a similar phase in its youth, before the planet cooled enough for plate tectonics to start up
11 September 2013, 02:01 PM ET
Here are five facts about NASA's twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft.
11 September 2013, 11:27 AM ET
TextureCam, a technology whose development is led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is designed to take pictures of rocks in 3-D and prioritize the ones that are most scientifically interesting. The smart camera could be used on Mars or more distant lo
10 September 2013, 10:40 AM ET
The University College of London, the only UK host of a NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility, has recently released a stunning selection of the historic space pictures—many of them never published online before, others only ever in low resolution.
09 September 2013, 05:23 PM ET
Two scientists speak of the dwarf planet Ceres, which will be visited by NASA's Dawn mission in early 2015.
04 September 2013, 05:38 PM ET
A colossal storm that raged on Saturn in 2010 and 2011 churned water ice up from deep within the ringed planet's thick atmosphere. NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected the ice crystals from orbit, marking the first observation of water on the planet.
30 August 2013, 02:28 PM ET
Saturn, Venus, Mars and Jupiter will all be sharing the September nights' sky with the Moon, and toward the end of the month, comet ISON will line up with Mars.
30 August 2013, 01:03 PM ET
As we kick off the Labor Day holiday weekend, early on Saturday (Aug. 31) during the predawn hours, check out the east-northeast sky anytime after 2 a.m. local daylight time and your eyes will immediately be drawn to the two brightest objects in the sky a
27 August 2013, 12:01 PM ET
Scientists are hoping to induce an unconscious state in astronauts so that they can be stored in cold capsules for long space flights. Here's how astronaut hibernation and suspended animation might one day work.
14 August 2013, 12:22 AM ET
Is there life on Europa, Jupiter's moon? Perhaps — but researchers may not know for years, or even decades, depending on the outcome of wars over NASA's budget that broke out before Congress went home for its August recess. Here is why.
13 August 2013, 04:10 PM ET
The odometer on NASA's Juno probe clicked over to 880 million miles (1.415 billion kilometers) on Monday (Aug. 12), space agency officials said. The spacecraft is thus halfway to Jupiter, at least in terms of distance traveled.
08 August 2013, 08:00 AM ET
The top priority of a lander mission to Jupiter's potentially life-supporting moon Europa should be investigating the composition and chemistry of its subsurface ocean, scientists say. It should also study the dynamics of the moon's ice shell.
01 August 2013, 02:34 PM ET
Scientists are eager to learn if Europa's huge subsurface ocean harbors alien life. See how Europea's frozen surface covers a suspected vast ocean of water that could be a home for microbial life. This SPACE.com infographic shows how.
31 July 2013, 11:48 AM ET
Saturn, Venus, Mars, Mercury and Jupiter will all be visible in the August night skies, as will the annual Perseid meteors. A number of nebulas will also be easy to find among the constellations.
29 July 2013, 11:35 PM ET
After nearly a half-century of neglect – and nine months of extensive restoration – the life-sized Star Trek prop is ready for active duty. Superfan Adam Schneider and his family show SPACE.com what it took to get Galileo flying again.
29 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Jupiter's icy moon Europa is shrouded in mystery. Scientists have long been intrigued by Jupiter's fourth largest moon with its unmapped ocean and icy shell.
17 July 2013, 02:10 PM ET
July is full of encounters between astronomical objects, and the action continues this weekend with three different planets taking center stage. Venus will dance with the star Regulus Sunday evening, while Mars and Jupiter will be visible in Gemini (The T