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Jupiter and three moons, taken by Juno on June 28, 2016

Juno is closing in on Jupiter, seen with three of its moons in this June 28 picture taken by the spacecraft when it was about 6 million kilometers from the planet.

asteroid 1999 JD6

Radar mapping revealed two lobes of a 2-kilometer-long asteroid (designated 1999 JD6) when it buzzed Earth on July 25, 2015. Asteroid Day on June 30 raises awareness of run-ins with such rocks.  

infrared image of Jupiter

Jupiter glows with infrared light in this recent false-color image from the Very Large Telescope in Chile.

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