Juno Delivers Again On Perijove 5 With Closeups Of Jupiter’s Turbulent Clouds

Take a virtual stroll through the gallery today. They’re all photos returned from NASA’s Juno probe’s fifth close flyby of Jupiter on Thursday, May 18 at 9 p.m. CDT. At the time of perijove — the point in Juno’s orbit when it’s closest to the planet’s center — the spacecraft skimmed just 2,200 miles (3,500…
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Watch A Double Shadow Transit On Jupiter Tonight

Jupiter is front and center at nightfall May evenings. The planet is the first “star” to show in the sky at dusk, when it appears in the southeastern sky a fist above fainter Spica in the constellation Virgo. Tonight (May 11), if you have a modest-sized telescope, say a 4 to 6 incher, you can…
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Jupiter Surprises With Massive Magnetism And A ‘Fuzzy’ Core

I look out at night and see Jupiter and wonder how much we don’t know about the solar system’s biggest planet. Scientific investigation increases our knowledge of the universe but never reaches an endpoint. Who would want it to? There’s an infinite complexity to everything we might investigate, and the hunt’s half the fun. Always another…
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How To See Jupiter In Broad Daylight Today

Up for a naked eye challenge? Most of us look for planets in a dark sky, or with Venus and Mercury, in twilight. But there are ways to view the brighter planets while the sun is still up. Go-to telescopes can point to bright stars and planets automatically, but hey, that’s cheating. Today, we’re going to…
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Get Lost In The Jovian Triangle / Moon Bricks

I stepped outside late last night and saw a crisp triangle in the stars with corners formed by Jupiter, Spica and Arcturus. The geometry in math books may be confusing to some, but everyone can understand triangles of stars and planets in the night sky. This one is very close to a right triangle, so…
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