July 4th 2016-NASA's Juno Spacecraft Reaches Jupiter After 5-Year Journey. -Luminous beauty of Jupiter's auroras revealed by Hubble The images were released as Nasa’s Juno spacecraft hurtled closer toward the solar system’s largest planet.
Jupiter imaged using the VISIR instrument on the VLT - In preparation for the imminent arrival of NASA’s Juno spacecraft in July 2016, astronomers used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to obtain spectacular new infrared images of Jupiter using the VISIR instrument. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1623a/ Credit: ESO/L. Fletcher
Jupiter’s intense magnetic field generates the solar system’s largest and brightest auroras, which are 1,000 times larger than Earth’s Northern Lights. Juno’s polar orbit will allow the spacecraft to study the auroras in detail.