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Looking back at Jupiter's chaotic southern hemisphere...🌀⁣
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After a close flyby of Jupiter on Nov. 3, 2019, our @nasajuno spacecraft's JunoCam captured this striking view of the giant planet, showing massive cyclones and chaotic clouds. When the image was taken, Juno was traveling at about 85,000 mph (137,000 kilometers per hour) relative to the planet. A little more than an hour earlier — at the point of closest approach to the cloud tops — the spacecraft reached speeds relative to Jupiter in excess of 130,000 mph (209,000 kilometers per hour).⁣
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Citizen scientist Ali Abbasi created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager. ⁣
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Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣
Image processing by AliAbbasiPov, © CC BY⁣
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Looking back at Jupiter's chaotic southern hemisphere...🌀⁣ ⁣ After a close flyby of Jupiter on Nov....
It may look like a veiny eyeball, but Jupiter's moon Europa is more than meets the eye. 👁️⁣
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 For the first time, scientists have detected water vapor above the icy moon's surface, giving us further evidence that oceans of liquid water may exist beneath Europa's crust. ⁣
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💧 Water is one of the main ingredients necessary for life, making Europa an alluring destination for exploration. Scientists will soon be able get close enough to this intriguing moon to settle their lingering questions. The Europa Clipper mission, expected to launch in the mid-2020s, will survey the moon up close and sample molecules in its atmosphere.⁣
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Seen here is a view of Europa made from images taken by the Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s during a flyby. ⁣
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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute⁣
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It may look like a veiny eyeball, but Jupiter's moon Europa is more than meets the eye. 👁️⁣ ⁣ For t...
Tiny planet Mercury transits the Sun 👀⁣⁣
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On Nov. 11, Mercury crossed between Earth and the Sun - a rare event we won't be able to see again until 2032. Our Solar Dynamics Observatory, which views the Sun in a variety of wavelengths of light in the extreme ultraviolet, tracked Mercury's journey.⁣⁣
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Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio ⁣⁣
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Tiny planet Mercury transits the Sun 👀⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ On Nov. 11, Mercury crossed between Earth and the Sun -...
There’s a storm brewing in the solar system! 🌩️⁣
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Our @NASAJuno spacecraft captured this stunningly detailed look at a cyclonic storm in Jupiter's atmosphere during its 23rd close flyby of the planet. ⁣
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Juno observed this vortex in a region of Jupiter called the “north north north north temperate belt,” one of the gas giant planet’s many persistent cloud bands. These bands are formed by the prevailing winds at different latitudes. The vortex seen here is roughly 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide.⁣
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Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager when the spacecraft was about 5,300 miles (8,500 kilometers) from Jupiter’s cloud tops above a latitude of about 49 degrees. ⁣

Image credit: Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣
Image processing by Kevin M. Gill, © CC BY⁣
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There’s a storm brewing in the solar system! 🌩️⁣ ⁣ Our @NASAJuno spacecraft captured this stunningly...
🧭 Explorer, 📸 photographer, ⛰️ geologist, 🧪 chemist... Mars Curiosity does it all!⁣
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The rover captured images on Oct. 11 for this celebratory #selfie, after its second-ever "wet chemistry" experiment using solvents to help its portable laboratory detect certain carbon-based molecules important to the formation of life, called organic compounds. ⁣
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About 984 feet (300 meters) behind the rover is Vera Rubin Ridge, which Curiosity departed nearly a year ago. Beyond the ridge, you can see the floor of Gale Crater and the crater's northern rim. Curiosity has been ascending Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-tall (5-kilometer-tall) mountain inside the crater.⁣
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The individual images in this selfie were taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), a camera on the end of the rover's robotic arm. The images are stitched together into a panorama; the robotic arm isn't visible in the parts of the images used in the composite.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS⁣
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#mars #rover #solarsystem #nasa #chemistry #robots
🧭 Explorer, 📸 photographer, ⛰️ geologist, 🧪 chemist... Mars Curiosity does it all!⁣ ⁣ The rover capt...
⁣☄️ Interstellar visitor spotted! ☄️⁣
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@nasahubble has given astronomers their best look yet at an interstellar visitor — comet 2I/Borisov — whose speed and trajectory indicate it has come from beyond our solar system. In this Oct. 12, 2019 Hubble image, the comet is 260 million miles from Earth. The comet is following a hyperbolic path around the Sun and will exit back into interstellar space.⁣
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Comet 2I/Borisov is only the second such interstellar object known to have passed through the solar system. In 2017, the first identified interstellar visitor, an object officially named 'Oumuamua, swung within 24 million miles of the Sun before racing out of the solar system.⁣
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As the second known interstellar object found to enter our solar system, the comet provides invaluable clues to the chemical composition, structure and dust characteristics of planetary building blocks presumably forged in an alien star system a long time ago and far away.⁣
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#comet #interstellar #solarsystem #hubble #space #cometborisov ⁣
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Image Credit: Credit: NASA, ESA and D. Jewitt (UCLA)
⁣☄️ Interstellar visitor spotted! ☄️⁣ ⁣ @nasahubble has given astronomers their best look yet at an...
Colors on the wind 🌬️⁣
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In this view of Jupiter, @nasajuno captures swirling clouds in the region of the giant planet’s northern hemisphere known as “Jet N4.” ⁣
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Jupiter spins once every 10 hours, and this fast rotation creates strong jet streams, separating its clouds into dark belts and bright zones that stretch across the face of the planet. More than a dozen prevailing winds sweep over Jupiter, some reaching more than 300 miles per hour (480 km per hour) at the equator.⁣
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Citizen scientist Björn Jónsson created this enhanced-color image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager. The raw image was taken on Sept. 11, 2019, at 11:31 p.m. EDT as Juno performed its 22nd close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 7,540 miles (12,140 km) from the cloud tops at a latitude of 45 degrees. ⁣
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Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣
Image processing by Björn Jónsson, © CC NC SA 3.0
Colors on the wind 🌬️⁣ ⁣ In this view of Jupiter, @nasajuno captures swirling clouds in the region o...
Stuck on the rings 💍💍💍 From this perspective, icy moon Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings of planet Saturn! This view from our Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera, taken on July 14, 2014, looks toward the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Tethys. North on Tethys is up and rotated 43 degrees to the right. ⁣
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Cassini launched in 1997 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and arrived at Saturn in 2004. NASA extended its mission twice – first for two years, and then for seven more. The second mission extension provided dozens of flybys of the planet's icy moons. Cassini explored the Saturn system for 13 years, finishing with "Grand Finale" dives between Saturn and its rings. The mission ended on Sept. 15, 2017.⁣
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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute⁣
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Stuck on the rings 💍💍💍 From this perspective, icy moon Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rin...
Eons of erosion on Mars have formed the sweeping layers seen in this sedimentary rock located in Danielson crater, an impact crater located in the Arabia Terra region of the Red Planet.⁣
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This stereo image taken by our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter allows scientists to measure the thicknesses of these sedimentary layers. The layer thicknesses and how they vary through time can provide some insight into the processes, possibly linked to ancient climate, that deposited the layers so long ago.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona⁣
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#Mars #rocks #nasa #space #solarsystem
Eons of erosion on Mars have formed the sweeping layers seen in this sedimentary rock located in Dan...
At the North Pole of Mars, springtime is avalanche season! ⁣
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The @UAHiRISE camera on our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft captured this cloud of dust on May 29, 2019, as melting ice blocks broke loose and tumbled down a cliff face over 1600 feet (500 meters) tall. ⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona⁣
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At the North Pole of Mars, springtime is avalanche season! ⁣ ⁣ The @UAHiRISE camera on our Mars Reco...
Jupiter, twice as massive as all the other planets combined, has swirls for days!!!!! 🍥🍥🍥 ⁣
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Can you guess how many Earths fit across the gas giant’s clouded disks?⁣
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Swipe to see the answer! ➡️⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill⁣
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Jupiter, twice as massive as all the other planets combined, has swirls for days!!!!! 🍥🍥🍥 ⁣ ⁣ Can yo...
At first glance, these swirling clouds might look like cream in coffee. ☕ ⁣
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In fact, during a flyby of Jupiter, our @NASAJuno spacecraft captured this view of an area within a Jovian jet stream showing a vortex that has an intensely dark center. ⁣
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At the time, Juno  was about 9,200 miles from the planet's cloud tops. Nearby, other features display bright, high altitude clouds that have puffed up into the sunlight.⁣
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Enhanced Image by Gerald Eichstadt and Sean Doran (CC BY-NC-SA) based on images provided Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS ⁣
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At first glance, these swirling clouds might look like cream in coffee. ☕ ⁣ ⁣ In fact, during a flyb...