Asteroid Sample Mission Sends First Jupiter Pix, Searches For Earth Trojans

En route to the asteroid Bennu, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx space probe captured this image of Jupiter and three of its moons. It make look plain vanilla, but consider that the spacecraft was 76 million miles (122 million km) from Earth and 418 million miles (673 million km) from Jupiter on Feb. 12, when the photo was…
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Journey To Jupiter In 1,000 Images — A Remarkable Video

Feel like getting the heck outta town? Enjoy a soothing and thought-provoking rendezvous with the planet Jupiter in this amazing video made from more than 1,000 images taken by 91 amateur astronomers around the world between December 19, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Some of the images you’ve probably seen in this blog, but only…
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Penumbral Charm / Moon’s Next Move / Jupiter’s Curly Top

Who knew shadows could be so cool? Especially one half-flooded with sunlight! Hopefully you got to see at least part of yesterday’s penumbral lunar eclipse. Seeing any full moon rise is a pleasure, but this one had the added benefit of Earth’s shadow. The shading was subtle at first but became increasingly obvious as the…
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Juno Eyeballs Jupiter’s Antarctic From 2,670 Miles Up

NASA’s Juno probe made its fourth close flyby of the planet Jupiter on Feb. 2, cruising just 2,670 miles (4,300 km) above the cloud tops at a speed of about 129,000 mph (58 km/sec).  Cyclones swirl around the south pole, and white oval storms can be seen near the outer edge of the planet in…
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Way To Go, Juno — Nice Photos!

We’ve got some new Juno images to share! The JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft snapped these photos of Jupiter’s northern latitudes on Dec. 11, 2016 as the spacecraft made a close flyby of the gas giant planet. Juno was at an altitude of 10,300 miles (16,600 km) above Jupiter’s cloud tops at the time.…
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