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NEW YORK (AP) — Astronomers are still finding moons at Jupiter, 400 years after Galileo used his spyglass to spot the first ones.
The latest discovery of a dozen small moons brings the total to 79, the most of any planet in our solar system.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bradford Smith, a NASA astronomer who acted as planetary tour guide to the public with his interpretations of stunning images beamed back from Voyager missions, has died.
Smith's wife, Diane McGregor, said he died Tuesday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of complications from myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder. He was 86.
BERLIN (AP) — Astronomers say they've captured the first confirmed image of a planet forming in the dust swirling around a young star.
Scientists said Monday the planet appears as a bright spot in the snapshot taken using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Just months after the discovery of our first known interstellar visitor, it turns out there's another asteroid from yet another star system residing in our cosmic club in plain view.
Scientists reported Monday that this interstellar resident is an asteroid sharing Jupiter's orbit but circling in the opposite direction.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jupiter's poles are blanketed by geometric clusters of cyclones and its atmosphere is deeper than scientists suspected.
These are just some of the discoveries reported by four international research teams Wednesday, based on observations by NASA's Juno spacecraft circling Jupiter.
This month, the planets are mainly in the pre-dawn sky, though Venus and Mercury make their reappearance in our evening skies later in the month.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft circling Jupiter is revealing the up-close beauty of our solar system's biggest planetary storm.
Juno flew directly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot on Monday, passing an amazingly close 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) above the monster storm. The images snapped by JunoCam were beamed back Tuesday and posted online Wednesday. Then members of the public — so-called citizen scientists — were encouraged to enhance the raw images.
As Never Seen Before - Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
NASA releases 1st raw images from Juno’s flyby of Jupiter’s Giant Red Spot
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Juno spacecraft is about to give us our best look yet of Jupiter's swirling Great Red Spot.
The spacecraft flies directly above the monster storm Monday night, passing 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) above the cloud tops. That's close by space standards. Juno's instruments will peer through the clouds and help scientists determine how deep the storm is.
NASA’s Juno mission reveals cyclones, fierce magnetic fields on Jupiter
As the largest planet orbiting the sun, Jupiter has a profound effect on our solar system.
But until recently, scientists have known little about Jupiter’s origins and structure. What they did know some might call boring — a gas planet that didn’t vary much from pole to pole.
There's a bright shiner lighting up the heavens these warm, late-spring evenings. It's Jupiter, the big guy of the solar system.
It's by far the largest planet, overwhelming any other star or planet in brightness. Only the moon is brighter, but its absence from the evening sky this week makes Jupiter the brightness king. The reason it's so bright is two-fold.
On Sunday night we have a great conjunction, or what I like to call a celestial hugging, between the nearly full moon and the planet Jupiter in southern sky. The moon and the largest planet in our solar system will only be separated by 3 degrees. That's the width of three of your fingers together held at arm's length.
I'm so happy that Jupiter is so bright and beautiful in the Rochester night skies this month because honestly, May is not one of my favorite months for stargazing.
The king of the planets is jumping out at you in the early evening sky and stays out all night long. Not only that, it will be in our Rochester evening sky through the coming summer.
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Second ‘Great Spot’ found at Jupiter, cold and high up
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Another "Great Spot" has been found at Jupiter, this one cold and high up.
NASA’s Jupiter-circling spacecraft stuck making long laps
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Jupiter-circling spacecraft is stuck making long laps around the gas giant because of sticky valves.
It currently takes Juno 53 days to fly around the solar system's biggest planet. That's almost four times longer than the intended 14-day orbit.
After repeated delays, NASA decided late last week to scrap an engine firing that would have shortened the orbit. Officials said the maneuver is too risky because of the valve problem.
Boulder scientists to lead NASA asteroid exploration
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — NASA has chosen Boulder's Southwest Research Institute to lead a Discovery mission to perform the first survey of the Trojans, a population of asteroids orbiting with Jupiter.
The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/2jcpNqI ) that the spacecraft, named Lucy, will launch in 2021 to study six of the asteroids.
NASA: Jupiter spacecraft detects problem, turns off camera
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA spacecraft circling Jupiter has hit another snag.
The space agency said Wednesday that Juno detected a problem, went into safe mode and shut off its cameras and instruments hours before it was supposed to pass over Jupiter's dense cloud tops.
Juno rebooted its onboard computer and can communicate with Earth, but its activities are limited until engineers diagnose what went wrong.
NASA spacecraft’s next close pass to Jupiter delayed
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA says a rocket engine burn designed to put a spacecraft close to Jupiter has been delayed until December.
The space agency said Friday the maneuver scheduled for Oct. 19 has been postponed as engineers investigate a valve issue.
Juno entered orbit around Jupiter in July after a nearly five-year journey to map the giant planet's poles, atmosphere and interior.
Why it matters that Jupiter’s Europa is spewing water into space
Jupiter moon may have water plumes that shoot up 125 miles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has spied what appear to be water plumes on one of Jupiter's icy moons shooting up as high as 125 miles.
The geysers are apparently from an underground ocean that is thought to exist on Europa, considered one of the top places to search for signs of life in our solar system.
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Far-away asteroid named after Freddie Mercury on birthday
LONDON (AP) — Queen guitarist Brian May says an asteroid in Jupiter's orbit has been named after the band's late frontman Freddie Mercury on what would have been his 70th birthday.
May says the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre has designated an asteroid discovered in 1991, the year of Mercury's death, as "Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury."
NASA spacecraft beams back close-up views of Jupiter’s poles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA spacecraft has captured the best views of Jupiter yet, revealing turbulent storms in the north pole.
Jupiter's northern polar region is stormier than expected and appears bluer than the rest of the planet, said mission chief scientist Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.
"This image is hardly recognizable as Jupiter," he said in a statement.
Inactive volcano spotted on largest object in asteroid belt
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA spacecraft has spied what appears to be an inactive volcano on the surface of Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
The volcano is about half as tall as Mount Everest and likely last erupted several hundred million years ago, scientists reported Thursday.
"It's totally cool and unexpected," said chief scientist Christopher Russell of the University of California, Los Angeles.
BERLIN (AP) — Astronomers say a massive hurricane on Jupiter could be heating up parts of the gas giant's upper atmosphere.
The storm — known as the Great Red Spot — is more than twice the size of Earth and has been churning for over a century.
Scientists from the United States and Britain say heat from the sun doesn't explain why parts of Jupiter's atmosphere are hundreds of degrees hotter than elsewhere on the planet.
At the beginniing of the month, NASA’s Juno spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter. It promises to dramatically increase mankind’s knowledge of our largest neighbor in the solar system. Last July, the space agency’s New Horizons mission explored Pluto, our smallest planetary neighbor.
People have been gazing up at the stars, especially on summer nights, for as long as we’ve walked this earth. The twinkling lights in the vast darkness above us have been a source of...
Juno sends first view of gas giant Jupiter, fires up equipment
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft has sent back the first pictures since arriving at Jupiter.
An image released Tuesday shows Jupiter surrounded by three of its four largest moons. The picture was taken on Saturday when the Juno spacecraft was circling 3 million miles away. Even at that distance, Jupiter's Great Red Spot — a centuries-old atmospheric storm — was visible.
Juno entered orbit around Jupiter last week after a five-year journey. It's on a...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia-based NASA analyst with expertise in software has contributed to the Juno spacecraft's five-year, 1.8 billion-mile trip to Jupiter.
The solar-powered spacecraft entered Jupiter's orbit Monday, last leg of a $1.1 billion mission to gather scientific data and photograph the giant planet.
Sam Brown, an analyst for NASA's Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, said he worked on the project while dividing...