15 Jan 2016

Jupiter the Majasty of the solar system

Running time: 36 minutes
Acknowledgements: Trevor Barry for the inclusion of his splendid images, and Hugh Alan for the spectra of Jupiter.
The European Southern Observatory; The European Space Agency: NASA

TWENTY YEARS AGO The NASA Galileo space probe plunged into the atmosphere of Jupiter, and successfully transmitted science data, increasing our knowledge about the giant planet of our solar system. The 'magnificent' planet is now on display in the morning sky, and is the centre of attention at the moment among amateur astronomers world wide. It is being imaged & observed every passing hour. In this program Richard Pearson examines our present knowledge of Jupiter, and looks forward to the arrival of the JUNO space craft in July. Richard then looks forward to the ESA JUICE mission and beyond.

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