NASA’s Juno spacecraft, currently orbiting Jupiter, routinely captures stunning views of the giant planet’s turbulent atmosphere, providing a treasure-trove of data for researchers and citizen-scientists like Seán Doran, who carries out sophisticated processing of raw imagery from the spacecraft’s JunoCam public-outreach camera. This view captures Jupiter’s Great Red Spot during Juno’s seventh low-altitude pass.
Now that planet Saturn is effectively lost in the dusk twilight for UK-based observers, you may be wondering what has happened to the other four bright naked-eye planets. Far from disappearing, they have just transferred to the morning sky. From 8—11 October, the waning crescent Moon acts as a guide to Venus, Mars, Jupiter then Mercury in the eastern dawn sky.
In recent nights, observers in the UK and Western Europe have seen the International Space Station (ISS) as a bright naked-eye ‘star’ moving slowly across the sky from west to east. On Thursday, 9 June, London is favoured for some close approaches of the ISS to the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn. If you see the Station, spare a thought for Tim Peake and the Expedition 47 crew on board!