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Jupiter Resources

By Staci L. Tiedeken, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Feature | May 12, 2022

This page showcases our resources for those interested in learning more about Jupiter. It includes activities that can be done at home as well as videos, animations, stories, and articles.

On this page:

Videos & Animations

  • Like the speed of an advancing race car driver, the winds in the outermost “lane” of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot are accelerating – a discovery only made possible by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which has monitored the planet for more than a decade.

  • Join Dr. Yasmina Martos, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, as she takes us on a journey to Jupiter aboard Juno, showing major discoveries about the planet and interactions with its moons.

  • On June 7, 2021, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew closer to Jupiter’s ice-encrusted moon Ganymede than any spacecraft in more than two decades. Less than a day later, Juno made its 34th flyby of Jupiter. This animation provides a “starship captain” point of view of each flyby.

  • This video uses images from NASA’s Juno mission to recreate what it might have looked like to ride along with the Juno spacecraft as it performed its 27th close flyby of Jupiter on June 2, 2020.

  • The Juno spacecraft posed extreme design challenges for engineers. Learn how the Juno team protected Juno’s “vital organs” and sensitive science instruments from the elements.

  • Explore imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope that reveals in-depth features on Jupiter.

  • Take a tour of Jupiter’s dynamo, the source of its giant magnetic field, in this global map from the Juno mission.

  • Learn about Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and how it is not only shrinking but is actually growing taller and is deepening in color.

  • Explore these visualizations of Jupiter’s magnetic field structure.

  • Learn about the detection of water vapor on Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Activities

  • Color With NASA: Jupiter ft. Juno Project Scientist Steve Levin

    Color Jupiter with the project scientist for NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Juno is a NASA spacecraft that helps scientists learn more about Jupiter.
  • Bring Your Colossal Creativity to Giant Jupiter!

    Inspired by JunoCam images, each of these coloring sheets features different viewpoints of Jupiter the way the Juno spacecraft sees it. Unleash your creativity and download one of these coloring pages today!
  • Jiggly Jupiter

    In this activity, you will build edible models of Jupiter and Earth to compare their sizes and illustrate their internal layers.

    Note: This activity is recommended for children ages 8 to 13.

  • Jupiter’s Storms

    Jupiter has storms, but its storms are unlike anything found on Earth! Create your own storms using corn starch, glitter, and water and compare your observations with videos of Jupiter’s and Earth’s storm movements.

    Note: This activity is recommended for children ages 8 to 13.

  • Jupiter’s Water Cycle

    Observe the water cycle in action! Water vapor in a tumbler condenses on chilled aluminum foil — producing the liquid form of water familiar to us as rain and dew. Learn how Jupiter’s lack of a surface simplifies its water cycle.

    Note: This activity is recommended for children ages 8 to 13.

  • Make a Jupiter Orbiter

    Create your very own Juno spacecraft! And you can even use your spacecraft to uncover secrets beneath Jupiter – just like the real Juno.
  • Make a Planet Mask!

    Learn about the planets in our solar system, and make your very own wearable planet mask.

Stories

Juno’s Extended Mission to Jupiter

Juno arriving at Jupiter

In early 2021, NASA authorized a mission extension of Juno which continues its investigation of Jupiter through September 2025, or until the spacecraft’s end of life. This expansion tasks Juno with becoming an explorer of the full Jovian system – Jupiter and its rings and moons – with multiple rendezvous planned for three of Jupiter’s most intriguing Galilean moons: Ganymede, Europa, and Io.

On Aug. 4, 2021, NASA’s Juno mission celebrated 10 years since it launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The spacecraft has made numerous scientific discoveries since arriving at Jupiter on July 4, 2016. A snapshot of these include the first definitive detection beyond Earth of an internal magnetic field that changes over time, Jupiter’s “shallow lightning” and “mushballs”, and the origins of Jovian polar light shows.

Follow along with Juno during its extended mission here.

Articles

Image Highlights

  • Juno Captures Moon Shadow on Jupiter

    NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this view of Jupiter during the mission’s 40th close pass by the giant planet on Feb. 25, 2022. The large, dark shadow on the left side of the image was cast by Jupiter’s moon Ganymede.
  • Juno Flyby of Jupiter Captures Two Massive Storms

    This image of Jupiter’s turbulent southern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed a close flyby of the gas giant planet on Dec. 21, 2018.
  • Jupiter’s Great Red Spot: Both Deep and Wide

    NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this detailed look at Jupiter’s most recognizable feature, the Great Red Spot, on July 10, 2017.
  • Giant Storms and High Clouds

    This image shows two of Jupiter’s large rotating storms, captured by Juno’s visible-light imager, JunoCam, on Nov. 29, 2021.
  • Churning Texture in Jupiter’s Atmosphere

    NASA’s Juno mission captured these elaborate atmospheric jets in Jupiter’s northern mid-latitude region.
  • Jupiter’s Racing Stripes

    This enhanced-color image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures the striking cloud bands of Jupiter’s southern latitudes.
  • Jupiter’s Visible and Invisible Winds

    This image from NASA’s Juno mission captures the northern hemisphere of Jupiter around the region known as Jet N7. The planet’s strong winds create the many swirling storms visible near the top of its atmosphere.
  • Juno Returns to “Clyde's Spot” on Jupiter

    During its 33rd low pass over the cloud tops of Jupiter on April 15, 2021, NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured the intriguing evolution of a feature in the giant planet’s atmosphere known as “Clyde’s Spot.”

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