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  • 01.21.21

    A Hot Spot on Jupiter

    This composite image shows a hot spot in Jupiter’s atmosphere. In the image on the left, taken on Sept. 16, 2020 by the Gemini North Telescope, the hot spot appears bright in the infrared at a wavelength of 5 microns.

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  • 01.13.21

    NASA’s Juno Mission Expands Into the Future

    NASA has authorized a mission extension for its Juno spacecraft exploring Jupiter. The agency’s most distant planetary orbiter will now continue its investigation of the solar system’s largest planet through September 2025, or until the spacecraft’s end of life. This expansion tasks Juno with becoming an explorer of the full Jovian system.

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  • 12.11.20

    NASA's Juno Spacecraft Updates Quarter-Century Jupiter Mystery

    Twenty-five years ago, NASA sent history's first probe into the atmosphere of the solar system's largest planet. But the information returned by the Galileo probe during its descent into Jupiter caused head-scratching: The atmosphere it was plunging into was much denser and hotter than scientists expected.

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  • 10.27.20

    Juno Data Indicates 'Sprites' or 'Elves' Frolic in Jupiter's Atmosphere

    An instrument on the spacecraft may have detected transient luminous events – bright flashes of light in the gas giant's upper atmosphere.

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  • 10.08.20

    A "Flight" Over Jupiter

    This video uses images from NASA’s Juno mission to recreate what it might have looked like to ride along with the Juno spacecraft as it performed its 27th close flyby of Jupiter on June 2, 2020.

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  • 09.21.20

    CYCLONES OF COLOR AT JUPITER'S NORTH POLE

    Cyclones at the north pole of Jupiter appear as swirls of striking colors in this extreme false color rendering of an image from NASA’s Juno mission.

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  • 08.06.20

    ‘Shallow Lightning’ on Jupiter (NASA Visualization, ft. Music by Vangelis)

    Go on a simulated journey into one of Jupiter’s exotic high-altitude electrical storms.

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  • 08.05.20

    Shallow lightning & mushballs reveal ammonia to NASA juno scientists

    Spacecraft may have found where the colorless gas with a characteristic pungent smell has been hiding on the solar system’s biggest planetary inhabitant.

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  • 07.23.20

    First Images of Jovian Moon Ganymede's North Pole

    Infrared images provide first glimpse of Ganymede's icy north pole

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  • 07.08.20

    “Clyde's spot” on jupiter 

    This image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures several storms in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere (Figure A). Some of these storms, including the Great Red Spot at upper left, have been churning in the planet’s atmosphere for many years, but when Juno obtained this view of Jupiter, the smaller, oval-shaped feature at the center of the image was brand new.  

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