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Photos: Jupiter, the Solar System's Largest Planet

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Sees Jupiter and Io

NASA/JHU/APL.

NASA's New Horizons snapped this view of Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io in early January 2007.

Jupiter's Moon Io, Taken by NASA's Galileo Spacecraft

NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Io, the most volcanic body in the solar system, is seen in this composite image obtained by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in 1996. The smallest features that can be discerned are 2.5 kilometers in size.

Natural Color Image of Europa

NASA

Natural color image of Jupiter's moon Europa.

Jupiter, Europa & Callisto

NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image on Dec. 7, 2000, just as two of Jupiter's four major moons, Europa and Callisto, were nearly perfectly aligned with each other and the center of the planet.

Jovian Moon Plays Peekaboo

NASA, ESA, and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona).

This photo, snapped by Hubble on April 9, 2007, shows Jupiter's moon Ganymede just before it ducks behind its giant host.

Jupiter as Seen by Voyager 1

NASA/JPL

Voyager 1 took photos of Jupiter and two of its satellites (Io, left, and Europa). The new study says that moons orbiting a gas giant planet greater than 8 Jupiter masses could help astronomers detect a rogue planet.

Europa's Frigid Surface Could Be a Hot Spot of Chemistry

NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Europa, a moon of Jupiter, appears as a thick crescent in this enhanced-color image from NASA's Galileo spacecraft, which has been orbiting Jupiter since 1995. The view combines images taken in violet, green and near-infrared filters in 1998 and 1995. The colors have been stretched to show the subtle differences in materials that cover the icy surface of Europa.

Jupiter Aurora

Boston University/NASA.

Images of Jupiter’s northern UV auroras were obtained using the Advanced Camera for Surveys onboard the Hubble Space Telescope in February 2007.

Amazing Views of Jupiter and Uranus Thrill Skywatchers

Jimmy Eubanks. [Full Story]

Skywatcher Jimmy Eubanks in Boiling Springs, South Carolina caught these photos of Jupiter and Uranus on Sept. 20, 2010 when Jupiter made its closest approach to Earth since 1963. Uranus [insert] was visible through telescopes near Jupiter.

Jupiter's Rings Made in the Shade

NASA, JPL, Galileo Project, (NOAO), J. Burns (Cornell) et al.

An eclipse of the sun by Jupiter, as viewed from Galileo, reveals the rings. Small dust particles high in Jupiter's atmosphere, as well as the dust particles that compose the rings, can be seen by reflected sunlight.

Jupiter Breaks Out in Spots

NASA, ESA, and M. Wong and I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley)

A third red spot has appeared alongside the Great Red Spot and Red Spot Jr. in the turbulent Jovian atmosphere. The visible-light images were taken on May 9 and 10 with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.

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