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.
Europe's Galileo global navigation system will eventually be comprised of 30 satellites. Early tests of those already launched indicate the system will be extremely accurate and robust, enabling self-landing aircraft and self-driving cars.
Galileo discovered Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto, Jupiter’s four largest moons in 1610. Even today their varied characteristics fascinate astronomers. From giant volcanoes to sub-surface seas, Jupiter's moons are like planets unto themselves.
Asteroid belts like the one between Mars and Jupiter appear to be rare beyond our solar system.
A conjunction between the planet Jupiter and Earth's moon will occur this week.
A team of SETI scientists have been able to watch Io's volcanic eruptions from the safety of Earth, more than 620 kilometers away.
This amazing space wallpaper of Jupiter was taken in infrared light on the night of Aug. 17, 2008 with the Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics Demonstrator (MAD) prototype instrument mounted on ESO's Very Large Telescope.
Storms can exist on any planet with an atmosphere, even the sun.
The storm, which was first observed in December 2010, was even more powerful than researchers had thought.
The half-dozen icy satellites may have been spawned by a merger of bigger bodies that created Saturn's huge moon Titan.
Images of the largest planet suggest it has undergone some big changes in recent years.
99% the diameter of Mercury but only a third of Mercury's mass, what lies beneath deep beneath Callisto's pockmarked surface may surprise you. And it's probably the best place to base future explorations of the Jupiter system.
Perhaps as old as the Solar System itself, Ganymede – the largest moon of any planet – is the only moon known to have a magnetic field.
Tidal forces of Jupiter's huge mass cause sulphur volcanoes of Jupiter's inner most moon to constantly erupt. Io is literally tearing itself apart. It's the most geologically active body in the solar system.
Locked beneath the icy surface of Europa is perhaps as much water as in all of Earth's oceans and lakes. But could there be life in the salty underground global sea?
By far the most massive planet in our solar system, Jupiter features giant hurricanes, auroras, abstract artistic cloudswirls, and maybe even a solid core. It also protects Earth by gravitationally clearing the solar system of asteroids and comets.
Emmanuel Kardasis made the map using an 11-inch telescope and off-the-shelf camera and computer equipment.
Future missions hoping to explore Europa's ocean may have to dig very deep.
The Pleiades star cluster stands highest in the sky appearing as a close group of bright blue dots.