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Jupiter's faded belt: It's happened before, and it'll happen again

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/16 05:07 CDT

When I wrote a post about Jupiter's missing South Equatorial Belt in May, I had three main questions: how long did it take for the belt to go away, has this happened before, and how can a planet as big as Jupiter change its appearance so quickly?

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The June 3 Jupiter Impact: 22 hours later

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/04 01:14 CDT

Time to take stock of what happened a day ago. The worldwide, round-the-clock nature of planetary science is both exhilarating and challenging!

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Confirmation of the Jupiter impact from Christopher Go

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 07:51 CDT

The impact flash on Jupiter observed earlier today by Anthony Wesley has been confirmed by Philippines-based amateur astronomer Christopher Go.

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A NEW! Impact on Jupiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 05:51 CDT

On the same day as a team of astronomers released new Hubble Space Telescope images of last year's Jupiter impact, the original discoverer of the 2009 impact scar, Anthony Wesley, reported on an amateur astronomy forum that he had observed a new impact on Jupiter.

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Jupiter has lost a belt!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/10 05:22 CDT

Via Daniel Fischer's Tweet about a blog entry by Astro BobI learned of something which should be obvious to anyone who has trained even a rather small telescope on Jupiter over the past few weeks: one of its iconic stripes is just plain gone.

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Hubble turns 20

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/23 03:02 CDT

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. It's hard to believe it's been going strong for so many years.

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Where neon falls like rain

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/22 05:00 CDT

As if Titan's methane rain weren't weird enough, Jupiter's now thought to have helium-neon rain.

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400 Years of the Galilean Satellites

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/07 03:34 CST

It was 400 years ago today that Galileo discovered smaller planets attending the planet Jupiter.

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Frame a Pluto portrait

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/07 01:27 CDT

As New Horizons continues its journey (it's now approaching the orbital distance of Saturn, though it's very far from that planet in space), the mission is taking advantage of the recent experience with the Jupiter flyby to plan out the science operations for the Pluto-Charon encounter.

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New Horizons' Jupiter flyby was successful!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/02/28 09:14 CST

According to a press release issued minutes ago, New Horizons has successfully completed its close flyby of Jupiter.

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New Horizons update and a website roundup

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/02/03 07:33 CST

I've just posted a very detailed timeline of New Horizons' encounter with Jupiter -- take a look!

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New Horizons Jupiter Encounter Timeline

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/01/31 07:00 CST

A year after its launch on January 19, 2006, New Horizons is fast closing in on Jupiter, the first target on its near decade-long journey. On February 28 the spacecraft will approach to within 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) of Jupiter before speeding along on to its way to the edge of the solar system.

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New Horizons' raw images are now online

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/01/23 04:58 CST

I got an email from John Spencer this morning telling me that the mission had posted all of New Horizons' most recently acquired images on the mission website.

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New Horizons is targeting Jupiter!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/01/10 03:48 CST

New Horizons' Jupiter encounter is officially underway!

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New Horizons is locked on target for its Jupiter encounter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/11/02 09:35 CST

Alan Stern just posted a detailed update on the status of New Horizons in his PI's Perspective blog on the mission website.

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OPAG, Day 1: Getting to Europa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/05 07:37 CDT

Next up at the Outer Planets Assessment Group meeting was an overview of the plans for future Europa missions.

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Too much outer planets news for me to read (much less report on)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/04 08:51 CDT

Before I get to my notes from OPAG I want to minimally acknowledge today's news, which I'll have to get to in more detail later.

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Voyager's Last View

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2002/08/01 12:00 CDT

Home. Family. This will be Voyager's enduring legacy: It has changed forever the feelings raised by those words. Through its robotic eyes we have learned to see the solar system as our home. Through its portraits of the planets we know that they are part of our family. Apollo astronauts showed us a tiny Earth alone in the blackness of space. Now, with these images, Voyager has shown us that Earth is not really alone. Around our parent Sun orbit sibling worlds, companions as we travel through the Galaxy.

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