Latest Jupiter Stories
NASA's not sending violins and trumpets out to space. These scientific instruments will be used to determine if life could exist on Europa. Cross your fingers!
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor
What would you upload to the One Earth Message project? In a project very similar to the "golden records" on the Voyager, artist Jon Lomberg wants to get everyone involved.
Scenthound, an emerging leader in the dog-care industry, rolled out Monthly Care
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a
This super-Jupiter is the closest exoplanet for which an image and a spectrum have been obtained, and it's a good picture of what Jupiter could have looked like back in the good old days.
A newly-released image of Europa captured by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft shows a portion of the Jovian moon’s crust known as Conamara Chaos that is marked by long grooves etched into its shattered chunks of ice and which criss-cross along the surface.
Grab your telescopes and look to the heavens, because four of our solar system’s planet will be visible in the night sky this month!
Astronomers from the Australian National University analyzing a small red dwarf star located some 500 light years from Earth have made a startling discovery: the presence of a massive gas giant orbiting far closer to its tiny parent star than should be possible.
Gas giants surviving their death spiral formation has had scientists puzzled for many moons, but new research suggests it's heat that aids their survival.
Satellite -- A satellite is an object that orbits another object. With sufficient tangential velocity, the object does not collide with the primary object it orbits, but maintains a distance from that object as the rate at which it falls towards that object is similar to the rate that it travels away, thus the object orbits the primary object and becomes a satellite. In other words: gravitational force serves as the centripetal force needed to make the object circle the primary...
Galileo Probe -- The Galileo probe was an unmanned probe sent by NASA to study the planet Jupiter and its moons. Named after the astronomer Galileo Galilei, it was launched on October 18 1989 by the Space Shuttle Atlantis and arrived at Jupiter on December 7 1995. Galileo's launch had been significantly delayed by the hiatus in Space Shuttle launches that occurred after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and new safety protocols that were implemented as a result forced Galileo to use...
Retrograde Motion -- Retrograde motion is the orbital motion of a body in a direction opposite that which is normal to spatial bodies within a given system. 'Retrograde' derives from the Latin words retro, backwards, and gradus, step. In the Solar system, mostly everything rotates in the same sense: all major planets orbit the Sun counterclockwise as seen from the pole star (Polaris). Most planets spin in the same sense, including Earth. The same happens with the orbital motions of the...
Positional Astronomy -- Positional astronomy is the study of the positions of celestial objects. This is the oldest branch of astronomy and dates back to antiquity. Observations of celestial objects are important for religious and astrological purposes, as well as for timekeeping. Ancient structures associated with positional astronomy include: -- Chichn Itz -- The Medicine Wheel -- The Pyramids -- Stonehenge -- The Temple of the Sun The unaided human eye can...
Planetary Ring -- A planetary ring is a ring of dust and other small particles orbiting around a planet in a flat disc-shaped region. The most spectacular and famous planetary rings are those around Saturn, but all four of the solar system's gas giant planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) possess ring systems of their own. The origin of planetary rings is not precisely known, but they are thought to be unstable and dissipate over the course of tens or hundreds of millions of...
- Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
- A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).