Jupiter has a black hole!
New images shared by NASA’s Juno spacecraft show a massive black hole on the surface of Jupiter. Astrophysicists have been studying Black Holes for quite some time now. The pictures were taken after Juno’s orbit took it close to the gas giant planet. Juno was around 8,000 kilometres from the surface when its JunoCam took these images.
According to NASA, Juno’s principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars. Juno will investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter’s intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere, and observe the planet’s auroras.
Jupiter is the third brightest object in the Solar System, after Venus and the Moon. Chances are, if you see a really bright star high in the sky, then you’re looking at Jupiter.