September 03, 2016

"The probe [Juno] flies near the planet for only a few hours at a time, spending the vast majority of each orbit far away from Jupiter."

NPR: ...it's during those close-ups that Juno can get the most detailed view of Jupiter: what its magnetic and gravitational fields are like, whether it has a solid core, how much water there might be hiding beneath the cloud tops — the kind of information planetary scientists are most eager to get. by Joe Palca

This infrared image from Juno provides an unprecedented view of Jupiter's southern aurora. Such views are not possible from Earth.
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
'Juno is supposed to make 35 more flybys before the mission ends in 2018. Right now, the probe is in an orbit that takes some 53 days to make a single revolution. Ultimately, that will be cut to 14 days. But the bottom line is it will take some months before Juno can compile the clear picture of Jupiter that it was sent to get.'

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