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Jupiter the Giant Planet *new article*

Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Jupiter the Giant Planet *new article* - 05/25/19 11:41 AM


Almost everything about Jupiter is a superlative. The Solar System's biggest planet also has the most moons, and its magnetic influence extends well over a million miles into space. It's appropriately named for the mighty king of the classical Roman gods.

Jupiter the Giant Planet
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Jupiter the Giant Planet *new article* - 05/27/19 08:35 AM

A little infographic that looks inside Jupiter.

Credit: Ross Toro Space.com
Image: © Karl Tate, SPACE.com
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Jupiter the Giant Planet *new article* - 05/28/19 07:45 PM

In 1994 Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 got close enough to Jupiter for Jupiter's strong gravity to pull it apart. The fragments hit the planet, their impacts captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Credit: R. Evans/J. Trauger/H. Hammel/HST Comet Science Team/NASA
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Re: Jupiter the Giant Planet *new article* - 05/29/19 10:34 PM

At high latitudes Earth has auroras - northern and southern lights. And Jupiter also has auroras. The image is a composite of two Hubble observations. One gives us Jupiter's full-color disk in visible light. However the auroras are so powerful that they show up in ultraviolet light, so were photographed by a different instrument sensitive to far-ultraviolet light.

Credits: NASA, ESA, and J. Nichols (University of Leicester)
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