Juno En Route

NASA’s Juno spacecraft took off at 12:25 ET on a five year mission to Jupiter. The solar-powered spacecraft is expected to help scientists learn more about the origin of the solar system as well as about Jupiter itself.

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Smashing Jupiter

Anthony Wesley, an amateur astronomer from Murrumbateman, Australia noticed a strange marking on Jupiter and contacted NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which confirmed that Wesley had discovered the aftermath of an impact of some item on Jupiter’s atmosphere, the first time this has happened since Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter in 1994. NASA believes the impact may have been a comet, which left a black spot on Jupiter, but hasn’t confirmed it yet.

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Red Spot Shrinking

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have released a report stating that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a storm that measures about three earth-diameters across and has been seen since telescopes were first turned on the planet, has shrunk by 15% along its major access between 1996 and 2006. the scientists note that winds in the storm continue to rage at more than 300 miles per hour and there is no indication that the Red Spot will disappear.

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