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by Emily Lakdawalla

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Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 16, 2010

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?

The June 3 Jupiter Impact: 22 hours later

Emily Lakdawalla • June 04, 2010

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

Confirmation of the Jupiter impact from Christopher Go

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2010 • 1

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

A NEW! Impact on Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2010

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.

Jupiter has lost a belt!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 10, 2010

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.

Hubble turns 20

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2010

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.

Where neon falls like rain

Emily Lakdawalla • March 22, 2010

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

400 Years of the Galilean Satellites

Emily Lakdawalla • January 07, 2010

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

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