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NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter: What’s Inside the Giant Planet?

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 12:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA 10th Floor - Foothills Room

Speaker Name(s): 

Fran Bagenal

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

LASP, CU Boulder
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Astrophysics Lunch Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

Juno’s principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter.Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamentalprocesses and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As ourprimary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge forunderstanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars. With itssuite of science instruments, Juno is investigating the interior structure, mappingJupiter's intense magnetic field, measuring the distribution of water and ammonia inthe deep atmosphere. JUNO is also the first spacecraft to fly over Jupiter’s auroraand measuring both the energetic particles raining down on the planet and the bright“northern & southern lights” they excite. A huge bonus is the small public outreachcamera that is taking fantastic images of Jupiter’s beautiful clouds. The images –some science, some art – are processed and shared by the public around the world.NASA’s JUNO mission was launched in August 2011 and has been in orbit over Jupiter’spoles since 4th July 2016.