NASA’s Juno spacecraft has made it’s latest buzz of Jupiter.
This time Juno focused on the planet’s nearly 10,000-mile wide hurricane.
The first of the pictures have been released, giving us the closest pictures yet of the storm.
They were taken from about 5,600 miles above the storm, while Juno flew by at 31 miles per second.
More photos will come over the next few days, some of which will be even closer.
Those will give more detail possibly giving insight into the storm which has raged on Jupiter since at least as long as man has been able to make telescopes powerful enough to see details on the planet.
Scientists have released a new study that puts forth Jupiter as the oldest planet.
Previously, it was believed that all of our solar system’s gas planets formed at the same time.
However, this new study shows evidence that would suggest Jupiter formed long before the others.
This new theory is based on the study of meteorites, from two groups: those on this side of Saturn, and those on the far side.
Before it had just been an easy way to separate the meteorites.
But in the study, it was discovered that all of the meteorites, no matter which side they came from, formed at the same time.
The only logical reason they would be separated is that a solid core Jupiter was already there, and it’s gravity forced their separation.
Jupiter’s earlier existence would also help explain why our part of the solar system is much clearer of debris than other systems in the galaxy, as the gas giant’s gravity would have helped remove objects from the inner system.
It would also explain why Earth and the other inner planets are so small when other systems seem to be almost always made up of much larger planets.
Other scientists have been quick to state that this study just leads to a theory, not fact, pointing out that we really don’t even know if Jupiter has a solid core or is all gas and dust.
Using the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope at Winer Observatory in Arizona, astronomers have discovered a new planet.
KELT-9b is a gas giant that orbits a star 650 light years away. That star, KELT-9, is so hot that it appears bluish white. The planet orbits it every 1.5 Earth days, so tightly that it is in a locked state and does not rotate.
The planet orbits it every 1.5 Earth days, so tightly that it is in a locked state and does not rotate. Temperatures on the side facing the star reach about 7,800 degrees Fahrenheit, nearly as hot as our sun’s surface. Making it the hottest planet to ever have been discovered. Our own sun’s surface is about 10,000 degrees, though it’s upper atmosphere can reach 3 million degrees.
That closeness to the star also causes the planet’s size to be exaggerated by the radiation pounding it. This gives it a size nearly triple of Jupiter’s.
9b’s orbit also is unusual that in that it doesn’t orbit the star’s equator, but goes around it’s poles.