Earth-sized aurora on Jupiter

NASA released this image as the Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter.

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View larger. | Aurora on Jupiter. Image via NASA, ESA, and J. Nichols (University of Leicester)

NASA released this stunning image of a Jupiter aurora on July 1, 2016, just days before the Juno spacecraft arrives at Jupiter after a 5-year voyage. The Hubble Space Telescope acquired the imagery back on May 19, as part of a program to study how the solar wind affects auroras on Jupiter. NASA said:

While Hubble is observing and measuring the auroras on Jupiter, Juno [has been] measuring the properties of the solar wind itself; a perfect collaboration between a telescope and a space probe.

Read more from NASA about this image and the vivid auroras on Jupiter

Deborah Byrd