Go outside and look up! For the next couple of days, Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, shines the biggest and brightest it will all year. On April 8, Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth this year, making now the best time to view the giant planet. It’ll be up all night long! To the naked eye, Jupiter appears as a very bright star, but with a good pair of binoculars or a small telescope you should be able to see details on the planet and spot its four largest moons.
NASA’s iconic Hubble Space Telescope will take advantage of this great viewing opportunity and capture new, detailed views of Jupiter. Hubble provides important insight into how the gas giant’s extraordinary features like its famous Great Red Spot – a giant storm that is larger than Earth – is changing. The spot is mysteriously shrinking, and Hubble is one the tools scientists use to monitor those changes.
Join NASA scientists on Friday, April 7, from 6 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET to show your viewers Hubble’s newest image of Jupiter, talk about how you can spot Jupiter in the night sky and what scientists are learning about a potential water-rich moon of Jupiter.
Jupiter and its many moons form a fascinating “mini solar system,” and Hubble’s rich collection of images and data over the last 26 years offer important clues about whether any of Jupiter’s moons – like Europa – harbor liquid water and maybe even life. This data compliments other NASA missions that are looking at the Jovian system.
**To book a window contact**Michelle Handleman / firstname.lastname@example.org / 301-286-0918
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Suggested Questions: Location: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center / Greenbelt, Maryland Scientists:
1. Why is tonight the best time to view Jupiter, and where can we see it in the night sky?
2. The Hubble Space Telescope just took a new image of Jupiter. What does this new image show us about our solar system’s largest planet?
3. Jupiter is so big that 1000 Earths could fit inside it! What are we seeing that’s interesting lately on Jupiter?
4. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has captivated astronomers for hundreds of years. Hubble has captured images of this spot mysteriously shrinking over the last two decades. Can you show us Hubble’s unique view of this feature?
5. Europa is one of the best places in our solar system to look for life. What have scientists learned about Europa?
Live Shot Details:
Dr. Jennifer Wiseman / Hubble Senior Project Scientist
Dr. Michelle Thaller / NASA Scientist
Dr. Amy Simon / NASA Scientist
Dr. Susana Deustua / Associate Scientist / Space Telescope Science Institute [interviews in Spanish]
Location: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center / Greenbelt, Maryland