Jupiter's Great Red Spot is one of the solar system's most mysterious landmarks. Based on what scientists understand about fluid dynamics, this massive storm – which is big enough to engulf the Earth two or three times over – should have disappeared centuries ago.
If you've ever whirled a ball attached to a string around your head and then let it go, you know the great speed that can be achieved through a slingshot maneuver. Similarly, NASA's Juno spacecraft will be passing within some 350 miles of Earth's surface at 3:21p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 9, before it slingshots off into space on a historic exploration of Jupiter.
For 30 years, a large near-Earth asteroid wandered its lone, intrepid path, passing before the scrutinizing eyes of scientists while keeping something to itself: 3552 Don Quixote, whose journey stretches to the orbit of Jupiter, now appears to be a comet.
NASA's Juno spacecraft is now halfway to Jupiter.
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory has solved a long-standing mystery as to the origin of water in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter, finding conclusive evidence that it was delivered by the dramatic impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in July 1994.
In the swirling canopy of Jupiter's atmosphere, cloudless patches are considered so exceptional that the big ones are actually named "hot spots."
Astrophysicists at the University of Toronto have discovered a new, huge exoplanet, 13 times bigger than Jupiter. It's in orbit round the massive star Kappa Andromedae, which is part of the constellation Andromeda.
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, WISE, has uncovered new clues about the Jovian Trojans - asteroids that orbit the sun on the same path as Jupiter in two 'packs'.
An amateur astronomer in Dallas has filmed an enormous explosion on Jupiter which took place early on Sunday morning.
A Canadian fjord may help scientists improve their understanding of Jupiter's icy Europa moon.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is shifting its focus to study Jupiter's icy moons and plans on launching a mission from Kourou, French Guiana, in 2022.
We've got Jupiter to thank for the spectacular meteor showers associated with Halley's comet, says an Armagh Observatory astronomer.
A team of US scientists has managed to formulate the first complete global geologic map of Io, the innermost of Jupiter's largest moons.
Particles from comet 81P/Wild 2 brought to Earth in 2006 by NASA's Stardust spacecraft seem to indicate that Jupiter formed more than three million years after the formation of the first solids in our Solar System.
The solar-powered Juno spacecraft lifted off aboard an Atlas V rocket this morning and began its five-year journey to the planet Jupiter.
The Juno spacecraft's set to lift off today on its way to Jupiter, with scientists hopeful that the mission will help answer questions about the formation of the solar system.
A new model of the early solar system shows Jupiter rocketing about the place, moving toward the center of the solar system and back out again.
Hundreds of billions of isolated planets are believed to be floating alone in space, following an international survey of the sky.
There's a vast ocean of molten magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's moon Io, NASA scientists have found.
Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa should be NASA's main areas of focus over the coming decade, according to a report from the National Research Council.