Night Vision: Jupiter

It’s been known since antiquity, by cultures all over the world, as the mightiest of the planets. At a thousand times the mass of Earth, with an entourage of sixty-seven moons, Jupiter is our grandest neighbor–though it took later observation and a lot of math to figure out just how grand it was.

magnetic fields visible on Jupiter

From its post orbiting the Earth, the Hubble Space Telescope can capture some tantalizing images of Jupiter’s aurorae–pretty, yes, but also intriguing to scientists as it gives hints about the magnetic field the planet generates.credit: NASA, ESA, J.Nichols

Since the invention of ever-better technology, we’ve been able to get closer and closer looks at our giant friend. Discovering its composition–a ball of hydrogen and helium, quite unlike our own rocky little world–was just the beginning. Now we’ve used everything from the Hubble space telescope to the adventurous Juno probe to learn even more about the power of its magnetosphere, its spectacular storms, and the striking diversity of its moons. We can see aurorae at its poles and track the bands of atmosphere that swirl as it rotates. We can glean images of its past role in the formation of a more stable solar system. And, of course, we can marvel at its beauty!

Join Amelia for an evening of exploring Jupiter–its history in the solar system, its history in human culture, and the exciting new discoveries being made by the Juno spacecraft. Come meet the mightiest planet in our solar system!

Night Vision: Jupiter is presented live by Amelia Margetts on Thursday evening, March 30th, in the Hansen Dome Theatre at 6:45pm. Tickets available online or at the Clark Planetarium ticket desk. Free for members.

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