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Images of Jupiter

Images of Jupiter

Jupiter, the most massive planet in our solar system -- with dozens of moons and an enormous magnetic field -- forms a kind of miniature solar system. Jupiter does resemble a star in composition, but it did not grow big enough to ignite. The planet's swirling cloud stripes are punctuated by massive storms such as the Great Red Spot, which has [...]

Titan, Enceladus, Dione, and Mimas Transit of Saturn

Titan, Enceladus, Dione, and Mimas Transit of Saturn

Taken February, 2009 - Hubble "This picture was taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on 24 February 2009, when Saturn was at a distance of roughly 1.25 billion kilometres from Earth. Hubble can see details as small as 300 kilometres across on Saturn. This close-up view of Saturn's disc captures the transit of several moons [...]

Jupiter Photo from Dublin Oct 4th 2009

Jupiter Photo from Dublin Oct 4th 2009

Once again the sky was not great, but every now and then I could see the Moon and Jupiter quite clearly. So I managed to take a picture (a bit overexposed perhaps) and I caught the 4 Galilean satellites - Io Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. So then I started to wonder, how to tell them apart. Sky and Telescope have a super Java tool called Jupiter's [...]

Juno still on course for 2011 Launch

Juno still on course for 2011 Launch

Juno is still on schedule for a 2011 Aug launch. This is a solar powered 5 year trip to Jupiter. But the really cool thing about the Juno programme is that it is the first spacecraft to attempt to make it past the Kuiper belt to the outer planets using Solar cell technology. Juno will fly closer to the planet than the Galileo spacecraft giving us [...]