Jupiter's red spot will be one of the first study points for the James Webb Space Telescope. This ambitious and complicated tool is relatively late to start and beyond the budget (as reported in WIRED). But if it does, it will be right in the heart of this gigantic storm. Scientists hope to find out why the red spot is indeed red; They believe the gas giant's atmosphere contains molecular parts called chromophores that color its clouds. Whether the astronomers find them will determine if they will crack the secret of Jupiter's iconic location.
dizziness? The Juno spacecraft accelerates through Jupiter at tens of thousands of miles per hour, yet still manages to capture ridiculously detailed close-ups ̵
Enceladus, Saturn's watery and icy moon, has long fascinated scientists in search of evidence for life beyond Earth. And now it's the subject of some great news: A paper published this week in the journal Nature says that the Cassini spacecraft has discovered complex organic molecules in the feathers from the surface breaking out. While this is far from a definitive discovery of Enceladu life, it is a milestone in exploring the livable potential of the Moon.
Can you see the asteroids in this photo? Do not you see any? Take a closer look: The white stripes that stretch across this beautiful photograph of the galaxy cluster Abell 370 are all asteroids. Turns out they're not even close to Abell 370; These asteroids are closer to Earth, taking off an epic photo bomb while the Hubble Space Telescope takes pictures. Rock on!
The Hubble Space Telescope often produces colorful, compound images that look like glorious images, and this stunning image of the Abell S0740 galaxy cluster is a perfect example of this. Abell S0740 lives more than 450 million light-years from Earth – or should we say, lived? The light in this photo is so old that even our extinct dinosaurs did not exist when it set out into the universe.
Oh hello, brand new Mars Crater! NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows evidence of a recent impact on our neighbor in the solar system over the last six years. (That's new by the standards of Mars Crater.) Some of the planet's pockmarks are millions of years old.) The surface of Mars tends to redden from iron oxide in the dirt – right, rust. But the dust in the "blast zone" of the crater looks bluish, indicating something new and … effective.