Jupiter Returns With A Bang In Close Conjunction With Venus

Yesterday, we saw some amazing closeups of Jupiter’s crazy, stormy atmosphere. Very soon, we’ll be able to see the planet with our own eyes thanks to a brief fling with Venus at dawn. On Monday morning, Nov. 13, Venus and Jupiter will be just 0.3° apart or less than half a moon diameter. The eye-catching…
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Perijove 9: Incredible New Views Of Jupiter

NASA’s Juno probe took its 9th set of drool-worthy images during it most recent close flyby of Jupiter on Oct. 24. The spacecraft travels in a highly elongated orbit around Jupiter once every 53 days. For just two hours during that time, it loops in close to the planet’s polar regions to grab data and new…
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Astronomers Capture Best Image Ever Of Antares

Dang, if the moon isn’t always up to something! Tonight, it’s a crescent and in conjunction with Jupiter and Spica low in the southwestern sky during evening twilight. Feel free to give a nod to our only natural satellite for the fine work it did on eclipse day. Earlier sunsets and a shorter twilight mean…
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Hook Mercury With The Crescent Moon Tonight

Thank goodness for the moon otherwise few of us would find the planet Mercury tonight. The planet may hang low like the proverbial low hanging fruit, but that doesn’t work nearly as well in astronomy as it does with your apple tree. Haze, twilight and light pollution compromise any astronomical object near the horizon. Mercury will…
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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot A ‘Perfect Storm Of Art And Science’

The first closeup photos of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot are in! These were taken during yesterday evening’s close flyby and show the 1.3 Earth-diameter-wide storm in more detail than ever. Trapped between two jet streams, the storm’s been spinning in circles as it slowly drifts around the planet for more than 350 years. Galileo never…
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