We've been traveling farther and faster ever since.
The biggest planet in our solar system, Jupiter also has a large presence in pop culture, including many movies, TV shows, video games and comics.
Levin, a Juno project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
For centuries, scientists have worked to understand the makeup of Jupiter.
One critical question has bedeviled astronomers for generations that may have been answered by the swirling mystery of this iconic storm: Is there water deep in Jupiter’s atmosphere, and if so, how much? EST), as the spacecraft performed its 17th science pass of Jupiter.
“Giant planets are not simple balls of hydrogen and helium,” said Ravit Helled, a planetary scientist at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. At the time the images were taken, the spacecraft was between 16,700 miles (26,900 kilometers) and 59,300 miles (95,400 kilometers) above Jupiter’s cloud tops, above a southern latitude spanning from about 40 to 74 degrees.
The Solar System is an unusual member of the galactic planetary census in that it lacks planets that reside in close proximity to the Sun.
In this work, we propose that the primordial nebula-driven process responsible for retention of Jupiter and Saturn at large orbital radii and sculpting Mars’ low mass is also responsible for clearing out the Solar System’s innermost region.
As storms go, Jupiter’s colossal Great Red Spot, 16,000 kilometers wide and raging for 350 years, is the solar system’s heavyweight.
According to NASA, it could swallow the Earth whole and still have room for Mars.