Jupiter’s wild atmosphere runs deeper than expected.
New observations conducted by NASA’s Juno spacecraft have led to the discovery that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is deeper than previously believed.
Lucy in the Sky With Asteroids: NASA’s 12-Year Mission to the Beginning of the Solar System Lifts Off
Early in the morning on Saturday, October 16, NASA’s Lucy mission, a 12-year journey to uncover answers about the solar system’s early history in Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, launched on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
One solar array on the spacecraft hasn’t latched properly, NASA said Sunday, noting that the issue should pose “no threat to its health and safety.”
NASA’s Lucy spacecraft is bound to launch this week or on Oct. 16 to be exact. It seeks to study the Trojan asteroids near the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter.
On the evening of Sept. 13, something hit Jupiter, producing an explosion and a flash of light visible even to amateur astronomers with off-the-shelf telescopes. Now, the hunt is on to figure out what the impactor could have been.
If the impact is confirmed, it would be the eighth recorded impact on Jupiter, since the first in July 1994.
After all, Jupiter doesn’t have a solid core.
The giant planet also experienced a rare triple transit, which won’t occur again until 2032.
The asteroids may have originated from the vicinity of Neptune’s orbit.