The Secrets of Jupiter

The Secrets of Jupiter

Discover the top five mysteries that ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) mission will solve. Jupiter, its magnetic environment, and its moons form one of the most intriguing systems in the Solar System. Juice, planned for launch in 2023 and arrival at Jupiter in 2031, will reveal more about this fascinating planet and its natural […]

Jupiter’s Moon Europa to Obscure Distant Star

Jupiter’s moon Europa to obscure distant star

On 19 June 2022, Jupiter’s intriguing moon Europa will pass in front of a distant star, making that star appear to disappear for at least a minute. This event will be easy to see with any size of telescope from certain parts of Africa. By timing the event and then comparing the observations from different […]

Greenland Ice, Jupiter Moon Share Similar Feature

Greenland Ice, Jupiter Moon Share Similar Feature

The surface geology of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is on display in this view made from images taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute Parallel ice ridges, a common feature on Jupiter’s moon Europa, are found on Greenland’s ice sheet – and could bode well for Europa’s potential habitability. Parallel […]

Juice’s journey to Jupiter begins in April 2023

Juice's journey to Jupiter begins in April 2023

ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice, is set to embark on an eight-year cruise to Jupiter starting April 2023. The mission will investigate the emergence of habitable worlds around gas giants and the Jupiter system as an archetype for the numerous giant planets now known to orbit other stars. This animation depicts Juice’s journey to […]

NASA Telescope Spots Highest-Energy Light Ever Detected From Jupiter

NASA Telescope Spots Highest-Energy Light Ever Detected From Jupiter

Jupiter’s southern hemisphere is shown in this image from NASA’s Juno mission. New observations by NASA’s NuSTAR reveal that auroras near both the planet’s poles emit high-energy X-rays, which are produced when accelerated particles collide with Jupiter’s atmosphere.  Credit: Enhanced image by Kevin M. Gill (CC-BY) based on images provided courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS  Post adapted […]