NASA’s Juno will perform close flyby of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa

This image of Jupiter’s moon Europa was taken by the JunoCam imager aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft on Oct. 16, 2021, from a distance of about 51,000 miles (82,000 kilometers). Credit: Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS / Image processing by Andrea Luck On Thursday, Sept. 29, at 2:36 am PDT (5:36 am EDT), NASA’s Juno spacecraft will come … Read more

Remains of cannibalized baby planets found in Jupiter’s cloud-covered belly

Jupiter’s innards are full of the remains of baby planets that the gas giant gobbled up as it expanded to become the behemoth we see today, scientists have found. The findings come from the first clear view of the chemistry beneath the planet’s cloudy outer atmosphere. Despite being the largest planet in the solar system, … Read more

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa to block out star for skywatchers

Later this month, skywatchers in Africa can watch a star blink out of sight thanks to a quirk of celestial arrangements. The European Space Agency (ESA) mission Gaia, which launched in 2013, has been a powerhouse of observational astronomy, making a wide impact on the way scientists study the sky. From mapping the galaxy in … Read more

Oxygen ions in Jupiter’s innermost radiation belts — ScienceDaily

Nearly 20 years after the end of NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter, scientists led by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany have unlocked a new secret from the mission’s extensive data sets. For the first time, the research team was able to determine beyond doubt that the high-energy ions surrounding … Read more