Jupiter

  • Juno probe’s tiny sensors to perform big science around Jupiter

    Juno probe’s tiny sensors to perform big science around Jupiter

    One of the striking things about the Juno probe, I remarked to one of its creators, is its simple and streamlined design — compared to other spacecraft, at least. The engineers had a hell of a time packing everything in there, but it helps when critical sensors have shrunk in size from “breadbox” to “soup cracker.” Read More

  • Juno lead Scott Bolton talks up the tech of NASA’s Jupiter orbiter

    The Juno probe has just made its long-awaited rendezvous with Jupiter, kicking off 20 months of unprecedented planetary science. We cornered the mission’s principal investigator, Scott Bolton, during a briefing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory — and he was more than happy to talk about all the cool new gadgets packed into the craft. Read More

  • After five years, Juno arrives in orbit around Jupiter

    After five years, Juno arrives in orbit around Jupiter

    After traveling five years through the solar system, Juno has finally reached its destination and is currently in orbit around Jupiter, traveling nearly 250,000 kilometers per hour (150,000 mph). Read More

  • NASA captures enormous aurora on the largest planet in the solar system

    NASA captures enormous aurora on the largest planet in the solar system

    Days before the Juno spacecraft is scheduled to arrive, astronomers have captured an enormous aurora at the north pole of Jupiter. The imagery, released this week, was taken back on May 19 using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope as part of a program to study how solar wind affects auroras on Jupiter. The video above was created by pairing many far-ultraviolet images from Hubble with a… Read More

  • Amateur astronomers catch Jupiter’s latest impact on video

    Amateur astronomers catch Jupiter’s latest impact on video

    This week, two amateur astronomers released footage of an impact event on Jupiter. The separate observations, one in Austria and one in Ireland, show a brief, small flash of light at the exact same time. Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy writer for Slate, said the footage revealed “very strong evidence for an actual impact.” However, he noted that what kind of planetary object did… Read More

  • Is “Jupiter” the Future of Windows…PC, Phone &Tablet?

    Is “Jupiter” the Future of Windows…PC, Phone &Tablet?

    Is Silverlight really dead, or is it the future of Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone? This is a question weighing on the minds of legions of Microsoft developers right now – developers who were once promised that Silverlight was the answer to their cross-platform, cross-browser compatibility woes, only to be later informed that JavaScript and HTML5 will be the tools used… Read More

  • Video: What just smashed into Jupiter?

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=12292912&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 Awesome video is awesome? Yes, yes it is. Something smashed into Jupiter a few hours ago, and an amateur astronomer caught the event on video. A similar event happened almost a year ago to the day. Read More

  • Would a Lava Lamp work on Jupiter?

    Interesting question no? Would something so simple like a lava lamp work at the higher gravity found on Jupiter? The easy solution would have been to just do the research, crunch the numbers, and get an answer. This clever YouTube jockey decided to do it the hard way: he built his own centrifuge out of an Erector set (called Meccano in the the rest of the world). He even used an Android phone… Read More