Jupiter is known for its multiple stripes of different colors and is also famous for its Great Red Spot, a product of the natural gases within the planet itself. These colors are due to the chemistry of Jupiter’s gassy atmosphere, though the pattern for the stripes is attributed to long-lasting winds called zonal flows, which work like jet streams on Earth. The Earth has geographical features that interrupt such winds and Jupiter happens to lack those features. This means that the stripes are smooth lines that form around Jupiter’s atmosphere uninterrupted.
There were observations during NASA’s …

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KELT-11b was considered to be one of the largest objects known, and it’s about 40 percent wider than Jupiter.  A team of astronomers find an exomoon. It was the first of its kind to be discovered. Exomoons are satellites orbiting a planet around another star. What makes this find interesting is the scale of the planet-moon system, although “moon” is quite a loose term as the object is reputedly around the size of Neptune, and the planet it is orbiting is ten times the mass of Jupiter or 3,000 times that of Earth.
This changes the way we categorize systems and invites questions on how big can …

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Jupiter’s first moons were discovered by Italian scientist Galileo Galilei in 1610. However, more and more moons have been discovered since. This means that we’re just barely scratching the surface behind the mysteries of this great gas giant.
In July of 2018, scientists discovered 10 new moons around Jupiter, which brings the number of moons now to 79.
Of the new moons, one seems to have a strange orbit that could help astronomers figure out how the moons of Jupiter were formed.
Scott Sheppard of Carnegie Institution for Science has been on the lookout for Planet Nine, which is …

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