Category: Solar System

Jupiter’s aurora triggered a planet-wide heat wave, a map animation reveals, solving a mystery that’s puzzled scientists

A composite of two observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope present Jupiter’s aurora. NASA/ESA/J. Nichols (University of Leicester) An astronomer’s map of a heat wave on Jupiter helped resolve the planet’s “energy crisis” mystery. Solar plasma triggered an aurora at Jupiter’s north pole, which despatched a heat wave spilling down the planet. Astronomer James O’Donoghue thinks auroras gasoline fixed heating throughout Jupiter’s higher ambiance. Jupiter…

A mind-boggling photo from NASA’s Lucy probe shows how far the moon is from Earth. Can you spot it?

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and the moon from a distance of 890,000 miles, on October 13, 2022. NASA/Goddard/SwRI A new photo from NASA’s Lucy spacecraft captures Earth and the moon together — a rare sight. The image reveals the vast space between us and the moon. About 30 Earths could fit there. The moon is faint and small. Can you…