NASA to reveal new Jupiter atmosphere discovery Thursday. How to watch live.

NASA will hold a briefing Thursday (Oct. 28) with fresh information about how the atmosphere of Jupiter works beneath the giant planet's colorful clouds.

You can watch the event live at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) on this page, courtesy of NASA Television, as well as on NASA TV, the NASA app, the NASA website and the agency's social media channels. You'll see heavy participation from folks involved in the Juno mission, which is investigating Jovian weather processes from up close.

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"The science team will reveal new findings that provide the first 3D look at how the planet’s roiling atmosphere operates underneath the top layers of clouds, and how these revelations offer insight into the atmospheres of giant planets elsewhere in the universe," NASA said in a brief statement announcing the briefing.

Participants include:

  • Lucas Paganini, Juno program scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio
  • Marzia Parisi, Juno scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Keren Duer, Juno scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
  • Leigh Fletcher, Juno participating scientist, University of Leicester, England
  • Alessandro Mura, Juno co-investigator, Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology, Rome

Juno arrived at Jupiter in 2016 and is now on an extended mission to gather more detail about the giant planet. The probe passed its 10-year anniversary in space in August and remains in good health during its extended mission, which was approved early in 2021. That said, the intense radiation environment at Jupiter means Juno may not survive to the end of its planned extension in 2025.

Some notable findings of Juno in recent years include finding strange new auroras at Jupiter, giving more information about a generation-long atmospheric "hot spot" mystery, and providing unprecedented detail about the planet's atmosphere and storms

Juno's focus on Jupiter will be valuable given that the next generation of probes in the system are expected to focus largely on the planet's icy moons: NASA's Europa Clipper, which will launch no earlier than October 2024, and the European Space Agency's JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) slated for a launch in 2022. Juno's work will also assist in numerous exoplanet studies, including that of the James Webb Space Telescope expected to launch late this year.

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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: