New Study on Jupiter

  1. According to a new study based on information sent by JUNO, Jupiter has a “fuzzy core” that includes lighter elements like helium and hydrogen. According to scientists, this could be explained by a head-on collision with a still-forming planet about 10 times the size of Earth.
  2. Further, scientists have attempted to explain why Jupiter’s stripes are only skin deep. The blue strips captured in photographs are far zonal winds (alternating east-west jet streams) around Jupiter that descend to a depth about 4 percent of Jupiter’s radius.
  3. Juno is a NASA space mission orbiting the planet Jupiter. It was launched in 2011. The principal goal of Juno is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter.
  4. The Juno mission is the second spacecraft designed under NASA’s New Frontiers Program. The first is the Pluto New Horizons mission.