Watch the Storms of Jupiter Shot in Time-Lapse

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 5:00PM
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 5:00PM
Watch the Storms of Jupiter Shot in Time-Lapse
Image credit: NASA Goddard Flight Center
You may know about Voyager 1's primary claim to fame as the farthest spacecraft from Earth (and the carrier of one of the fabulous Golden Records), but the Voyager mission did more than fling satellites out of the solar system. On their way out, Voyager 1 and 2 took the first photos of Jupiter and its five primary satellites The time-lapse photos are amazing, but for NASA, the wildest part of the mission was finding the first space volcanoes:

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Discovery of active volcanism on the satellite Io was probably the greatest surprise. It was the first time active volcanoes had been seen on another body in the solar system. It appears that activity on Io affects the entire Jovian system. Io appears to be the primary source of matter that pervades the Jovian magnetosphere — the region of space that surrounds the planet, primarily influenced by the planet's strong magnetic field. Sulfur, oxygen, and sodium, apparently erupted by Io's volcanoes and sputtered off the surface by impact of high-energy particles, were detected at the outer edge of the magnetosphere.
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Here's the amazing video showing the movement of clouds across Jupiter itself:



If you want to check out more about the Voyager missions, check out the NASA website here.
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