Jupiter System

  • A new theoretical model is providing clues to how the gas giant planets in our solar system -- Jupiter and Saturn -- might have formed and evolved.
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  • The JUpiter ICy moons Explorer mission, JUICE, will carry a total of 11 scientific experiments to study the gas giant planet and its large ocean-bearing moons.
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  • Using a combination of Earth-based telescopic surveys and archival data, a team of researchers has gathered nearly 40 snapshots of volcanic eruptions on Jupiter's 'volcanic wonderland' moon, Io.
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  • An amateur astronomer reported the visual detection of a fireball on Jupiter at 11:35 UT on September 10 2012.
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  • A new study finds that the heat that powers Io's volcanoes comes from a complex, multi-layer source.
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  • Astronomers have discovered two new moons orbiting Jupiter.
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  • The European Space Agency has selected its next large science mission - the Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE). JUICE is set to launch in 2022 and will study the diverse moons of Jupiter and their potential as habitats for life.
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  • A team of scientists has developed the first complete global geologic map of Jupiter's moon Io.
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  • New movies of an invisible wave shaking up the jet stream of Jupiter are helping astrobiologists better-understand similar processes on planet Earth.
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  • Jupiter is often credited for shielding Earth from catastrophic asteroid and comet impacts. But new simulations of the influence of gas giant planets in solar systems casts doubt on Jupiter’s reputation as Earth’s protector.
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