Juno: Why With Nye
Why With Nye is a multi-part exclusive web-series featuring legendary educator and entertainer Bill Nye. In this series, Nye will demystify the cutting edge science behind NASA's groundbreaking Juno mission to Jupiter. Watch Nye bring the Juno mission to life with his signature blend of props, performance, and solid scientific know how.
Each episode of Why With Nye will focus on a different aspect of the Juno mission. Nye will explore all sides of the mission, from defending against deadly planetary radiation belts, to mapping Jupiter's mysterious interior. In each episode a prop filled "desktop demonstration" will explain the scientific principles at play.
Juno is a NASA New Frontiers mission to the planet Jupiter. The multi year mission will place a spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter, and will study Jupiter's gravity field, magnetic field, and polar magnetosphere. The Juno mission will help to answer questions such as: how did Jupiter form? Does it have a core? How much water does it have? Answering these questions is the key to understanding how our solar system, and ultimately our home planet Earth formed.
On October 9th 2013 the Juno spacecraft will re-enter Earth's orbit, and use the Earth's gravity to sling shot it all the way to Jupiter. Watch as Nye uses his trademark wit and charm to breathe life into the science behind this unprecedented event.
Watch as Nye shows you how NASA's Juno spacecraft will use a combination of cutting edge technology and the good old Doppler effect to take a peek deep inside Jupiter.
Bill Nye takes a look at the similarities and differences between Jupiter and the Sun. Is Jupiter really like a piece of the Sun? Watch Nye shed some light on this tricky conundrum.
In the vast reaches of Space, being of course by even a single degree can have catastrophic result. Watch Nye reveal the science behind interplanetary navigation.
Bill Nye asks the question: how wet is Jupiter? Watch Nye use a toaster oven, a microwave, and a bike pump to explain how Mission Juno will find out how much water is in Jupiter.
Bill Nye takes on Jupiter's deadly radiation. Jupiter produces the radiation equivalent of 100 million x-rays. Watch Nye show you how NASA will protect the instruments on the Juno spacecraft from this incredibly hostile environment.
Bill Nye explains how Jupiter helped spread the building blocks of life around the Solar System. Watch Nye demonstrate the scientific principles behind Jupiter's role in the formation of our Solar System.
In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.