Modeling Jupiter’s Origin Story

Using data from both the Galileo and Juno spacecraft missions, a new model of Jupiter’s formation explains the heavier elements in the gas giant’s atmosphere.

IMAGE: Jupiter, as seen by the Juno spacecraft. CREDIT: NASA/JPL

There’s this curious relationship between theory and observation where one keeps leading to the other. First, you see an object in the sky. Then…

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Beth Johnson

Beth Johnson

Planetary scientist, podcast host. Communication specialist for SETI Institute and Planetary Science Institute. Journalist on the Weekly Space Hangout.