Scientists Use World's Largest Laser To Recreate Jupiter's Core

It is not pleasant inside the core of Jupiter—or any other planet for that matter. However, gaining a better understanding of what's going on in there is key for understanding how these planets form. That's why a team of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently used diamonds and lasers to recreate » 7/18/14 11:21am 7/18/14 11:21am

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is mysteriously shrinking in a dramatic way

Scientists have noticed something dramatic happening in the Solar System: Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot, the crimson monster storm that once was so large that it could eat three Earths, is mysteriously shrinking at high speed. Now it's only the width of one Earth. Would it disappear in a few decades? » 5/15/14 3:00pm 5/15/14 3:00pm

NASA: Ganymede is a water and ice Club Sandwich that may harbor life

NASA scientists says that the largest moon in the solar system may harbor life in its inner oceans. Previously, scientists thought Ganymede only had one ocean between two ice layers, but data reveals that its structure is "ice and oceans stacked up in several layers like a club sandwich." » 5/01/14 8:16pm 5/01/14 8:16pm

The Earth's Magnetic Field Keeps This Desktop Jupiter Globe Spinning

Jupiter is not only the largest planet in our solar system, it's also arguably the most stunning. Those massive storms—including that enormous red eye—produce quite an atmospheric show. And as a cheaper alternative to a giant telescope, this tiny desktop-sized version of Jupiter lets you stare in awe at the gas giant… » 4/22/14 5:00pm 4/22/14 5:00pm

A Moon With The Most Volcanic Activity Of Anything In The Solar System

This moon looks even more like it's made from green cheese than ours does, but it's not. Lame. Io, the innermost moon of Jupiter, is the most volcanically active body in our solar system because of gravitational "tides" exerted by Jupiter and its other moons. And the constantly flowing lava gives Io's surface frequent… » 8/04/13 5:06pm 8/04/13 5:06pm

The Robot Explorer That Will Navigate Jupiter's Liquid Moon

NASA's Europa Jupiter System Mission, set for 2026, will be the first survey Jupiter's frozen moon. Scientists also plan to explore the moon's liquid oceans, which are buried under 6km of ice. Getting through that will be tough. But once we hit water, Eurpoa's interior will be explored by the most advanced autonomous… » 7/27/12 11:30am 7/27/12 11:30am