Atmosphere of Jupiter

August 28, 2016

NASA's Juno probe makes its closest approach yet to Jupiter

Soaring about 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) above the planet’s clouds, NASA’s Juno space probe had its closest-ever look at Jupiter Saturday. The pass was the first […]
July 28, 2016

Jupiter's great red spot is mysteriously hot

AND MAY BE GENERATING HEAT IN THE PLANET’S ATMOSPHERE Jupiter’s most distinctive feature is so hot right now. In a paper published in Nature today, researchers have found that the […]
July 16, 2016


NASA has spotted an enormous black blotch growing on the surface of the Sun. It looks eerie, but this dark region is nothing to fear, though […]
July 5, 2016

Juno probe enters into orbit around Jupiter

The US space agency has successfully put a new probe in orbit around Jupiter. The Juno satellite, which left Earth five years ago, had to fire […]
March 30, 2015

The Moon’s two-night encounter with Jupiter

Despite being closest to Earth last month, the Solar System’s largest planet is still prominent at the close of March: Jupiter is big and bright in […]
January 3, 2015

So – You’re Still Interested in Astronomy? Galilean moons

Hello again. Last time, we looked at the many moons of Jupiter – well, 63 of them at any rate. If you remember, Jupiter has 67 […]
September 25, 2013

Who’s Out There—Floaters Around the Gas Giants?

Were Carl Sagan and Edwin Salpeter right? In 1976 they suggested that the warm layers of Jupiter’s hydrogen/helium outer layers of gas could be home to […]