An artist’s concept of the Juno spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter. Credit: NASA The spacecraft, which has been gathering data on the gas giant since July 2016, will become an explorer of the full Jovian system – Jupiter and its rings and moons. NASA has authorized a mission extension for its Juno spacecraft […]

In this animated GIF, the clouds on the periphery of some of Jupiter’s polar cyclones rotate counterclockwise, while the core of the cyclones rotate clockwise. The JunoCam images used for this animation were taken from altitudes of about 18,000 miles (28,567 kilometers) above Jupiter’s cloud tops. Citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt […]

This illustration uses data obtained by NASA’s Juno mission to depict high-altitude electrical storms on Jupiter. Juno’s sensitive Stellar Reference Unit camera detected unusual lightning flashes on Jupiter’s dark side during the spacecraft’s close flybys of the planet. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt The spacecraft may have found where the colorless gas […]