NASA spacecraft buzzes Jupiter moon Europa, closest in years
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — NASA’s Juno spacecraft has made the closest approach to Jupiter’s tantalizing, icy moon Europa in more than 20 years. Juno on Thursday zipped within 222 miles (357 kilometers) of Europa, thought to have an ocean flowing beneath its thick frozen crust, raising the possibility of underwater life. Scientists hope to get lucky and observe possible water plumes shooting from the surface of Europa, close in size to Earth's moon. The latest observations will help NASA plan for its Europa Clipper mission, due to launch in 2024. NASA's former Galileo spacecraft still holds the Europa flyby record, passing within 218 miles (351 kilometers) in 2000.wftv.com
NASA spacecraft buzzes Jupiter moon Europa, closest in years
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has made the closest approach to Jupiter’s tantalizing, icy moon Europa in more than 20 years. “We have to be at the right place at just the right time, but if we are so fortunate, it’s a home run for sure," Juno's chief scientist, Scott Bolton of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, said in a statement. John Bordi, deputy mission manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, expected the spacecraft to go “screaming by pretty fast,” with a relative velocity of almost 15 miles per second (23.6 kilometers per second).news.yahoo.com
Stargazers: Jupiter makes closest approach to Earth in 59 years next week
On Monday, Sept. 26, Jupiter will appear larger and brighter than at any other time of the year for two exciting reasons. In a rare coincidence, our solar system’s largest planet will reach opposition and be only 367 million miles from Earth. Jupiter will be making its closest approach to Earth in 59 years! Jupiter’s opposition happens every 13 months, but its timing will help make the planet look unusually bright, according to Space.com. Adam Kobelski, a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said that some of Jupiter’s moons could be visible with a good set of binoculars.wftv.com
Neptune and rings shine in photos from new space telescope
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — Neptune and its rings haven’t looked this good in decades. NASA released new glamour shots of our solar system's outermost planet Wednesday taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb showed Jupiter at its best in a series of fresh photos released last month. NASA's Voyager 2 was the first spacecraft to see Neptune in all its gaseous glory, during a 1989 flyby. So it's been three decades since astronomers last saw these rings with such detail and clarity, said the Space Science Institute's Heidi Hammel, a planetary astronomer working with Webb.wftv.com
Neptune and rings shine in photos from new space telescope
Neptune and its rings haven’t looked this good in decades. NASA released new glamour shots of our solar system's outermost planet Wednesday taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb showed Jupiter at its best in a series of fresh photos released last month.news.yahoo.com
NASA has discovered the first clear evidence of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet outside of our solar system
The CO2 – the element humans breathe out – was found in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a star 700 light-years away. It was discovered by the James Webb Space Telescope.cbsnews.com
James Webb Space Telescope photos: NASA releases amazing images of Jupiter
The James Webb Space Telescope has already amazed people who have a passing interest in outer space with its photos of what is beyond our atmosphere. 👑New Webb images of Jupiter highlight the planet's features, including its turbulent Great Red Spot (shown in white here), in amazing detail. These images were processed by citizen scientist Judy Schmidt: https://t.co/gwxZOitCE3 pic.twitter.com/saz0u61kJG — NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) August 22, 2022The dark ribbons seen north of Jupiter’s equator have little cloud cover, NASA said. The James Webb Space Telescope is the replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals for the first time previously invisible areas of star birth.wftv.com
Something Amazing Photobombed NASA’s New Pic of Jupiter
NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Judy SchmidtYou’ve never seen Jupiter like this before.NASA released two new photos taken by the James Webb Space Telescope on Monday—this time, showcasing an infrared look at the solar system’s biggest planet.The first photo revealed a wide field view of Jupiter, highlighting the bright shine of the planet’s auroras along with its faint rings. Two Jovian moons can also be spotted to the left of the gas giant. The agency pointed out in a presnews.yahoo.com
New space telescope shows Jupiter's auroras, tiny moons
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — The world’s newest and biggest space telescope is showing Jupiter as never before, auroras and all. The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, capturing unprecedented views of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights, and swirling polar haze. Jupiter's Great Red Spot, a storm big enough to swallow Earth, stands out brightly alongside countless smaller storms. One wide-field picture is particularly dramatic, showing the faint rings around the planet, as well as two tiny moons against a glittering background of galaxies. NASA and the European Space Agency's $10 billion successor to the Hubble Space Telescope rocketed away at the end of last year and has been observing the cosmos in the infrared since summer.wftv.com
Debris from most spectacular comet outburst may explain its perplexing behavior — and be visible in telescopes
Debris from the most spectacular comet outburst ever is visible from Earth this month and astronomers hope the observations might shed light on the puzzling event that brightened up the sky in 2007.space.com
Amber Alert issued for Jupiter girl
JUPITER, Fla. — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued an Amber Alert missing from Jupiter in Palm Beach County. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<15-year-old Ashley Reyes-Hernandez was last seen near the 100 block of 4th street in Jupiter Saturday. READ: Orlando police looking to gather more footage, information from Lake Eola fireworks scareShe’s five feet four inches tall and weighs approximately 160 poundsPLEASE SHARE! A Florida AMBER Alert has been issued for Ashley Reyes-Hernandez, a white-Hispanic female, 15 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 162 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes, last seen in Jupiter. Ramos is described as being five feet seven inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes.wftv.com
MLB: It’s deadline day to save opening day, 162-game season
Major League Baseball extended its deadline for salvaging opening day and a 162-game season until Tuesday at 5 p.m. after a marathon of 13 bargaining sessions over 16 1/2 hours produced progress toward a deal but left the sides still far apart.
Manfred joins in, MLB lockout talks appear to gain momentum
Baseball players and owners took a first step toward salvaging opening day, nearing agreement on an amateur draft lottery during lockout negotiations that included a surprise one-on-one meeting between Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark.
Joel Greenberg violated probation looking for wife in Jupiter, report shows
Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg violated his probation this week when he went down to his mother-in-law’s home in Jupiter to find his wife, according to a police report. According to an arrest report from the Jupiter Police Department, officers went to Greenberg’s mother-in-law’s home in Jupiter Plantation after his ankle monitor alerted authorities to his whereabouts. She told police he showed up uninvited looking for his wife, Abby Greenberg, but she was not home when he arrived. AdAbby Greenberg said her husband used her Snapchat location to find her and drove from their home to Jupiter. Jupiter police were unable to get in touch with Greenberg’s probation officer and arrested him on a charge of violation of probation.
Jupiter, Mercury to get up close and personal Friday morning
ORLANDO, Fla. – Skywatchers will want to set their alarms for this one as the largest planet in our solar system hangs out with the smallest. Similar to the Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn in December, Jupiter and Mercury will form a conjunction of their own before sunrise Friday. Conjunction between Jupiter and MercuryMercury is typically difficult to see in the sky due to its proximity to the sun and its size. Jupiter and Mercury will rise above the eastern horizon around 5:30 a.m. Friday and gradually get higher in the sky. AdThe window to view the planets will be short as the sun rises a little more than an hour later.
Pelican named Arvy survives frostbite, sent to sanctuary
In this Feb. 4, 2021, photo provided by the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Arvy, a brown pelican rescued from the icy Connecticut River on Jan. 27, sits in a bathtub at the home of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary hospital director Stephanie Franczak in Florida after the bird was flown to the Jupiter, Fla., wildlife sanctuary. Apparently blown far off course, Arvy is recovering from pneumonia and frostbite at the wildlife center. (Stephanie Franczak/Busch Wildlife Sanctuary via AP)KILLINGWORTH, Conn. – A pelican that got blown off course and was rescued in chilly Connecticut has been flown to Florida, where he is recovering from pneumonia and frostbite. The brown pelican, nicknamed Arvy, was rescued from the icy Connecticut River on Jan. 27. “He is a Southern bird, he is not supposed to be north of the Carolinas and Virginia,” Carolina Young, spokesperson for the Florida sanctuary, told the Register.
The Latest: Boston College down to 4 scholarship players
Four games were postponed because of players testing positive or quarantining under the COVID-19 protocol. DePaul’s previously postponed game at St. John’s on Jan. 2 has been rescheduled for Feb. 20. Major League Baseball last week proposed a one-month delay in starting spring training due to the coronavirus pandemic. ___The Cleveland Indians will not be allowing fans to watch their spring training workouts in Arizona due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AdThere has not yet been a decision on whether fans will be able to attend spring training games.
Governor announces $100 million for Hurricane Irma recovery
Ron DeSantis during a press conference in Key Largo. Ron DeSantis announced $100 million in investments for infrastructure and hardening projects to protect Florida communities against future hurricanes. DeSantis already announced Friday morning that he would be bringing Florida National Guard soldiers back from the Capitol. Last night, I ordered our Adjutant General to bring Florida National Guard soldiers home from the National Capital Region. — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 22, 2021This story will be updated with more details in the coming minutes.
700,000 seniors in Florida have received vaccine, Gov. DeSantis says
Florida is now approaching 1.6 million confirmed cases, with nearly 10,000 new cases and about 160 additional deaths reported Tuesday. Ron DeSantis said he wanted more Floridians vaccinated but the state was constrained by limited vaccine supplies of the federal government. So far, some 700,000 senior citizens have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, he said. In all, nearly 1.1 million shots have been administered in Florida, state officials said. DeSantis said 67 of the grocer's stores in Palm Beach County — the largest Florida county to take part in the program — would begin offering vaccinations by appointment.
Backyard astronomers will not want to miss these 5 events in 2021
Total Lunar Eclipse (May 26)May’s total lunar eclipse will be the first total lunar eclipse in the Americas in more than two years. In a total lunar eclipse, the moon turns a red, rusty color, often referred to as a blood moon. In Central Florida, it will be a partial lunar eclipse as the Moon will set prior to totality. Partial lunar eclipse (Nov 19)November’s lunar eclipse will be partial, meaning the Earth’s shadow will never fully engulf the Moon, but it’s going to be close. In the pre-dawn hours of the 19th, Central Florida will actually see more of the Moon covered than in May’s total eclipse (partial for Central Florida).
Photos: Jupiter, Saturn conjunction put on a show forming ‘Christmas star’
Jupiter and Saturn during the Great Conjunction on Dec. 21, 2020 as seen above the Space Coast Lightfest in Melbourne, Florida. Central Florida lucked out with clear sky and cool weather prompting sky gazers to observe the Great Conjunction. Photographer Michael Seeley captured Jupiter and Saturn in the night sky above the Space Coast Lightfest in Melbourne at Wickham Park. Jupiter and Saturn during the Great Conjunction on Dec. 21, 2020 as seen above the Space Coast Lightfest in Melbourne, Florida. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) ((NASA/Bill Ingalls)\rFor copyright and restrictions refer to -�http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/guidelines/index.html)Their next Jupiter and Saturn Great Conjunction won’t happen again until March 15, 2080.
Clear skies allow Floridians to view rare ‘Christmas Star’
ORLANDO, Fla. – The rare Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn took center stage Monday night. Great Conjunction through a telescopeAlso in that field of view will reside the biggest moons of the two bodies. Not every Great Conjunction, however, is created equal and that’s what makes the one occurring on the winter solstice so rare and special. This will set up the next Great Conjunction in 2040, although that one will not be as brilliant as 2020s. The Great Conjunction occurs because Jupiter has the inside track while orbiting the sun in our solar system.
‘Christmas Star:’ Jupiter, Saturn combine for rare Great Conjunction
The Great Conjunction is rare. The Great Conjunction happens when Jupiter and Saturn get very close to each from our perspective. Not every Great Conjunction, however, is created equal and that’s what makes the one occurring on the winter solstice so rare and special. This will set up the next Great Conjunction in 2040, although that one will not be as brilliant as 2020′s. The Great Conjunction occurs because Jupiter has the inside track while orbiting the Sun in our solar system.
Jupiter, Saturn merging in night sky, closest in centuries
(Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jupiter and Saturn will merge in the night sky Monday, appearing closer to one another than they have since Galileo’s time in the 17th century. Jupiter passes its neighbor Saturn in their respective laps around the sun every 20 years. Saturn and Jupiter have been drawing closer in the south-southwest sky for weeks. Despite appearances, Jupiter and Saturn will actually be more than 450 million miles (730 million kilometers) apart. A telescope will not only capture Jupiter and Saturn in the same field of view, but even some of their brightest moons.
Moon, planets putting on a show in the night sky
ORLANDO, Fla. – Jupiter and Saturn have been prominent fixtures in the evening sky over the past few months, but Wednesday, the waxing crescent moon joined in on the socially distant party. The moon will remain in close proximity to the two bright dots through Nov. 21. Look for the three in the southern sky as night falls. Cloud forecastJupiter and Saturn and will also continue to get closer and closer together in the night sky until the winter solstice on Dec. 21. It’s shaping up to be a good end to 2020 in the astronomy world.
Houston Astros ace Verlander has Tommy John surgery
The Astros announced Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, that Verlander needs Tommy John surgery and could miss the entire 2021 season. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)HOUSTON – Astros ace Justin Verlander had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. That means the earliest Verlander could pitch for would be in the 2022 season and it might not be for the Astros. He attempted a comeback after he was injured, but announced on Sept. 19 that he would need Tommy John surgery. Verlander joined the Astros in a trade on Aug. 31, 2017 and his stellar performance helped them to their first World Series title that season.
Jupiter, enticing moon Europa star in new Hubble photo
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jupiter and its enticing moon Europa shine in a new photo by the Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble snapped the picture last month when the planet was 406 million miles (653 million kilometers) away, and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore released it Thursday. Europa, which is smaller than our own moon, appears as a pale dot alongside its giant, color-streaked gas planet. NASA plans to launch a spacecraft, the Europa Clipper, later this decade to see if conditions there might be ripe for life. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
President Trump expands ban on new offshore drilling sites in Atlantic
JUPITER, Fla. President Donald Trump sought to claim the mantle of environmental steward on Tuesday as he announced an expansion of a ban on offshore drilling and highlighted conservation projects in Florida. But his administration has overturned or weakened numerous regulations meant to protect air and water quality and lands essential for imperiled species. Trump announced he was extending and expanding a ban on new offshore drilling sites off the Florida coast as well as Georgia and South Carolina. Under Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency stripped federal protection from millions of acres of streams and wetlands. Environmental groups and former EPA chiefs from both parties have criticized Trumps environmental record.
Trump to campaign in Florida, N.C. battlegrounds on Tuesday
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump will highlight his environmental agenda as he campaigns in the battleground states of Florida and North Carolina on Tuesday. The White House says Trump will stop in Jupiter, Florida, on Tuesday to remind voters there of his conservation and environmental protection efforts in the Everglades region. For the federal budget year beginning Oct. 1, the White House said, Trump asked Congress for $250 million in annual funding to accelerate construction of infrastructure for the Everglades as part of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration. The president will also hold a campaign rally Tuesday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Trump narrowly won both states in the 2016 presidential election.
Look up: It’s Jupiter’s moment to shine
The July astronomical events continue in the night sky overnight into Tuesday and this time, it’s Jupiter’s moment in the limelight. Monday night and into early Tuesday morning Jupiter is expected to reach “opposition.”This means that Jupiter will be at its closest approach to Earth, opposite of the sun. When the sun begins to set to our west, Jupiter will rise from the east and continuing to shine bright through the night. It will climb to its highest spot in the sky at midnight and then set in the west around sunrise Tuesday morning eastern time. Click here to see what other astronomical events are expected this month.
Here are the top 3 astronomical events you should look up for in July
Penumbral eclipseA penumbral lunar eclipse isn’t as exciting and definitely not as noticeable as a total lunar eclipse. When the moon completely moves through the earth’s shadow it is known a total lunar eclipse. The penumbral lunar eclipse starts at 11:07 p.m. and lasts until 1:52 a.m. Planets galoreThrough the middle of July, the planets will continue to put on a show in the morning sky. The evening star will now rise in the morning joining Jupiter, Saturn and Mars through the month.
Look up: Cluster of planets dazzle Thursday morning’s sky
Step outside one hour before sunrise Thursday and you’ll be treated to the sight of several planets bright in the morning sky. Look southeast and you’ll be able to spot the three bodies, Jupiter being the brightest. Mars will be in the middle of Jupiter, to the right and Saturn, to the left. Don’t worry, while the planets looks close together in the sky, they’re still practicing social distancing being extremely far apart in reality. There will be clouds moving in and out, especially along the coast which could prohibit viewing, but if you’re up early and we get a little lucky, space will put on a pretty awesome show before the sun takes over.
Early risers: Planetary alignment to provide early-morning treat Thursday
ORLANDO, Fla. – A few planets have been prominent in the early-morning sky recently and that will continue again Thursday. Saturn, Jupiter and Mars will be aligned and the crescent moon will come out to play. Look southeast an hour before sunrise and the four bodies will put on a show, depending on the weather. RPMClouds and even a few showers will be around Thursday morning, but if there are breaks in the clouds, look up!
Mark your calendars: Top astronomical events of 2020
ORLANDO, Fla- – The transit of Mercury highlighted the 2019 astronomical calendar and once again in 2020, planets will steal the show. The moon puts on a bright display first with the first supermoon of 2020. They will be joined by a crescent moon Dec. 16 and reach their closest point Dec. 21. The two planets won’t be this close again until 2040. The next total eclipse will be a lunar eclipse in 2022.
Bright planets take over Central Florida sky this weekend
Orlando, Fla- – The two brightest planets in our sky will join together for a second time this year. Over the pasts several nights, Jupiter and Venus have been inching closer to each other and this weekend, will put on a show in the evening sky. After sunset, look southwest and the two brightest objects in the sky will quickly grab your attention. Saturn will also be in view over the weekend. Look up and to the left of Venus and Jupiter and you will find a dimmer Saturn in comparison.