Jupiter Archive
02 September 2014, 10:53 AM ET
In the evening, Mars and Saturn can be seen in the southwestern sky. Jupiter can be viewed in the eastern sky in the early morning hours. Also, the Moon adds additional light for farmers to harvest their crops.
23 August 2014, 10:34 AM ET
A Soyuz ST-B rocket blasted off from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana with a payload of two Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites for the Galileo constellation.
22 August 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Scientists discuss what makes Jupiter's moon Europa perhaps the solar system's best bets for hosting life beyond Earth.
20 August 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Boring through ½ mile rock-hard Antarctic ice, researchers discover a completely isolated community of microorganisms living in Subglacial Lake Whillans. The finding could be an analog for subsurface life on Mars, Europa, Enceladus and other worlds.
15 August 2014, 02:39 PM ET
The morning star and the gas giant start their convergence on Aug 15th and it culminates in a 'cosmic triangle' when a slender crescent moon joins the party on August 23rd.
04 August 2014, 05:05 PM ET
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.
22 July 2014, 02:57 PM ET
Created by lightning, ‘whistlers’ travel along Earth's magnetic field lines from hemisphere to hemisphere. Jupiter’s charged particles ‘sing’ across its magnetosphere (recorded by Voyager). -- 'Whistling' Volcanic Lightning: http://goo.gl/kKhlEk
18 July 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 struck planet Jupiter in July 1994.
17 July 2014, 04:00 PM ET
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.
16 July 2014, 01:00 PM ET
NASA has issued an open call for designs of scientific instruments to send on a future mission to explore Jupiter's moon Europa.
16 July 2014, 12:13 PM ET
For centuries before Apollo 11 landed on the moon, the idea of going there stirred people's imaginations. See the 350-year history of moon exploration in this Space.com infographic.
02 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
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.
28 June 2014, 07:05 AM ET
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.
23 June 2014, 04:02 PM ET
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.
30 May 2014, 11:04 AM ET
Your best views of Jupiter will come in early June. Venus will be just over the horizon right before sunrise.
30 May 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Three of Jupiter's moons will cast their dark shadows on the face of the giant planet Tuesday (June 3), but you might need a computer in order to see it.
29 May 2014, 07:01 AM ET
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.
20 May 2014, 11:50 PM ET
This spectacular space wallpaper shows Jupiter's shrinking trademark Great Red Spot — a swirling storm feature larger than Earth.
15 May 2014, 01:14 PM ET
Jupiter's Great Red Spot — the most powerful storm in the solar system — is at its smallest observed size yet, and scientists aren't sure why.
15 May 2014, 12:29 PM ET
Jupiter's Great Red Spot — the most powerful storm in the solar system — is at its smallest observed size yet, and scientists aren't sure why.
15 May 2014, 10:57 AM ET
The incredible anticyclonic storm on the gas giant is the smallest it has ever been in visually recorded history. Imagery from the space telescope from 1995, 2009, and 2014 show its decline. Full Story: http://goo.gl/5aAEdD
14 May 2014, 04:14 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope recently spotted a billowing cloud of water vapor on Jupiter’s moon Europa — a sign that extraterrestrial life could be lurking within our own solar system. Studying plumes here on Earth could inform the alien-life hunt.
14 May 2014, 01:29 AM ET
Even though it may only be a lump of porous rock, Phobos isn’t shy about hogging the limelight in this space wallpaper taken by ESA’s Mars Express.
05 May 2014, 02:03 PM ET
A new model of largest moon in our solar system (bigger than planet Mercury) suggests that at least one ocean is stacked between multiple layers of ice. More about Ganymede: http://goo.gl/S37qaH
03 May 2014, 01:59 PM ET
Stargazers have a chance to see the five brightest planets in the May night sky, weather permitting. Here's how to see Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury
01 May 2014, 03:32 PM ET
Like its famous neighbor Europa, the huge Jovian satellite Ganymede might have an ocean of liquid water in contact with a rocky seafloor, a new study reports. This arrangement would make possible all sorts of interesting chemical reactions.
01 May 2014, 02:05 PM ET
Models show that Mars should be about as big as Earth if gas and dust were distributed smoothly throughout the protoplanetary disk that surrounded the newborn sun 4.5 billion years ago. But Mars is just 10 percent as massive as our world.
30 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The equator of Beta Pictoris b, a gas giant about 10 times more massive than Jupiter, is moving at about 62,000 mph (100,000 km/h), researchers said — far faster than any planet in our solar system.
29 April 2014, 12:00 PM ET
The space agency announced Monday (April 28) that it has issued a Request for Information (RFI), officially seeking ideas from outside researchers about a mission that would study Europa and its subsurface ocean for less than $1 billion.
28 April 2014, 10:09 AM ET
Saturn is close and bright throughout 2014 but maybe best on May 10th ‘opposition,’ its moons visible with telescope. Mars shares the Eastern sky with the ringed gas giant. Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/uETMG9
07 April 2014, 05:27 PM ET
Planets abound in the night sky this month, which affords good views of Venus, Jupiter and Neptune. And on Tuesday (April 8), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in more than six years.
05 April 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Step outside Sunday (April 6) evening to see a rendezvous of two of the brightest objects in the night sky: the moon and the planet Jupiter.
04 April 2014, 07:33 AM ET
Saturn's moon Enceladus and the Jupiter satellite Europa both harbor subsurface seas and should be studied much more closer in the future, researchers say.
26 March 2014, 02:01 PM ET
See images and photos of the icy world 2012 VP113, a potential dwarf planet at the extreme edge of the solar system, in this Space.com gallery.
26 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
The newfound object, called 2012 VP113, joins the dwarf planet Sedna as a resident of a far-flung region called the "inner Oort Cloud." Further, 2012 VP113 and Sedna may have been pulled into their odd orbits by a big, undiscovered planet.
10 March 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Researchers are developing flat, blanket-size landers that could be delivered en masse to worlds such as Mars or Jupiter's moon Europa. The approach could enable NASA to mount missions to places previously deemed too risky to explore, researchers say.