Happy 4th of July – This day in Astronomy

As we celebrate our nation’s independence with hot dogs, grills, brews, sunburns and fireworks, you can always take a little time to appreciate our nation that we live in.  Appreciate how we’re able to live our lives and what we’re able to achieve in this great county.

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This country is accomplished many feats throughout the decades, and I’m proud to have been around for a few of them.  Many of these accomplishments regarding our space exploration and understanding, one of my few favorite hobbies to research and read about.

On this day, July 4th in the year 2016, we accomplished another feat in our space exploration campaign.  NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter’s orbit on July 4th, 2016.  Juno’s mission to Jupiter will give us a deep understanding of the gas giant, and possibly further evidence in the beginning of our solar system.  More specifically, here are some goals of the Juno mission:

  • Determine how much water is in Jupiter’s atmosphere, which helps determine which planet formation theory is correct (or if new theories are needed)
  • Look deep into Jupiter’s atmosphere to measure composition, temperature, cloud motions and other properties
  • Map Jupiter’s magnetic and gravity fields, revealing the planet’s deep structure.
  • Explore and study Jupiter’s magnetosphere near the planet’s poles, especially the auroras. Jupiter’s northern and southern lights, providing new insights about how the planet’s enormous magnetic force field affects its atmosphere.


Remember to be safe and have fun this 4th of July and return rested and recharged for Thursday 🙂

About the Author: Travis Wade

Just a simple man living an ordinary life with an extraordinary family. I'm an information technologist and hobbyist astronomer. Anything to do with technology and science is of total interest to me.