Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Our solar system is huge, let us break it down for you. Here are a few things you should know this week: 

1. Closeup of a King

For the first time since it entered orbit around Jupiter in July, our Juno spacecraft has flown close to the king of planets—this time with its eyes wide open. During the long, initial orbit, Juno mission managers spent time checking out the spacecraft “from stem to stern,” but the science instruments were turned off as a precaution. During this latest pass, Juno’s camera and other instruments were collecting data the whole time. Initial reports show that all went well, and the team has released a new close-up view that Juno captured of Jupiter’s north polar region. We can expect to see more close-up pictures of Jupiter and other data this week.

+Check in with Juno

2. Getting Ready to Rocket

Our OSIRIS-REx mission leaves Earth next week, the first leg of a journey that will take it out to an asteroid called Bennu. The mission will map the asteroid, study its properties in detail, then collect a physical sample to send back home to Earth. The ambitious endeavor is slated to start off on Sept. 8.

+See what it takes to prep for a deep space launch

3. New Moon Rising

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has already mapped the entire surface of Earth’s moon in brilliant detail, but the mission isn’t over yet. Lunar explorers still have questions, and LRO is poised to help answer them.

+See what’s next for the mission

4. A Mock-Eclipse Now

We don’t have to wait until next year to see the moon cross in front of the sun. From its vantage point in deep space, our Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) sometimes sees just that. Such an event is expected on Sept. 1.

+See the latest sun pictures from SDO

5. Jupiter’s Cousins

Our galaxy is home to a bewildering variety of Jupiter-like worlds: hot ones, cold ones, giant versions of our own giant, pint-sized pretenders only half as big around. Astronomers say that in our galaxy alone, a billion or more such Jupiter-like worlds could be orbiting stars other than our sun. And we can use them to gain a better understanding of our solar system and our galactic environment, including the prospects for finding life.

Want to learn more? Read our full list of the 10 things to know this week about the solar system HERE

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asteroid juno may indicate what kind of partner we secretly want and eventually will get. juno is jupiter’s wife.

juno in

aries wants someone who’s dominant, optimistic,assertive and independent
taurus wants someone who’s patient,determined,sensual and persistent 
gemini wants someone who’s curious,open minded,communicative and smart
cancer wants someone who’s nurturing,romantic,protective and sympathetic 
leo wants someone who’s loyal,affectionate,playful and attentive
virgo wants someone who’s modest,hard worker,productive and benevolent 
libra wants someone who’s mindful,balanced,romantic,fair and charming
scorpio wants someone who’s powerful,secure,tenacious and erotic 
sagittarius wants someone who’s intellectual,active and independent 
capricorn wants someone who’s comitted,cautious,respectful and hardworking
aquarius wants someone who’s unconventional,rebel and independent 
pisces wants someone who’s spiritual,artistic,romantic and intuitive


Juno Has Arrived At Jupiter! Now What?

Juno is now orbiting Jupiter! What is its mission and what are some of the dangers Juno might face during the 20-month expedition?


Juno Captures Unprecedented Photographs of Jupiter’s Poles

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has taken an image of Jupiter’s Northern polar region and it’s beautiful. You can see clouds as well as their shadows below them as you look into the planet.

Juno also got an infrared image of the aurora in the region of the gas giant’s South pole.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS)