NASA’s Juno spacecraft is on its way to an early-summer rendezvous with mighty Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. Join Slooh for a live show to get a preview of this extraordinary mission and to have a look at Jupiter through one of our remote telescopes.
Launched in August 2011, the Juno craft is heading toward the gas giant to study the origin and evolution of the planet. Its five year journey concludes this summer, as it takes up a polar orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016. It will study the gravitational and magnetic fields of the big planet and examine its polar magnetosphere. Its detailed measurements will also offer scientists clues about how Jupiter formed, the nature of its dense core, the composition of its atmosphere, and perhaps test aspects of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity as it relates to Jupiter’s rotation.
All these things are essential to understanding not just what was happening at the formation of our own solar system, but also how planets much like Jupiter function in planetary systems still being discovered.
The Juno mission takes its name from the goddess of Roman mythology and wife of Jupiter, the king of the gods. Jupiter often veiled himself in clouds to hide his naughty behavior from his wife. But as a powerful goddess herself, Juno was able to see through the clouds and discover what Jupiter was really up to.