For my post this week, I decided to learn more about the Jovian planets, specifically Jupiter. Through my research, I discovered that Jupiter had a spacecraft sent by NASA to observe Jupiter named Juno.
Juno was launched in 2011 and reached Jupiter by 2016. It is a rotating, solar-powered spacecraft. Because of the images and measurements Juno has been able to take, scientists have been able to learn a lot about Jupiter and its atmosphere. In December 2019, scientists were able to observe a new cyclone forming new Jupiter’s south pole. NASA estimated that this new cyclone was about the size of the state of Texas. Also, as recently as March 3rd, Juno was able to observe two storms merging on Jupiter’s surface which created a spectacular image.
It will be interesting to see what new discoveries Juno has in store for NASA as our understanding of Jupiter and the Jovian planets continues to grow.