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Hopkins scientists helping Juno mission explore mysteries of Jupiter's auroras, magnetic field

Hopkins scientists helping Juno mission explore mysteries of Jupiter's auroras, magnetic field

The poles of Jupiter glow in brilliant blues when viewed by scientists through ultraviolet filters, a swarm of energy similar to, but more powerful than Earth's Northern Lights.

Researchers understand little about how Jupiter's massive and powerful magnetic field triggers that constant aurora because the gaseous giant's size and distance from the sun make it so different from Earth. They believe the largest planet could offer lessons about how massive clouds of energized particles collapsed to form the solar system and other parts of the universe.

NASA's Juno spacecraft, which entered orbit around Jupiter on the Fourth of July, will give scientists their first close-up look at...

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