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10 amazing images of Jupiter

By: Katherine Butler on Dec. 1, 2010, 10:10 a.m.
black and white jupiter with lavender auras at poles

Photo: NASA

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Chandra examines Jupiter

On Feb. 28, 2007, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft Chandra made its closet approach to Jupiter on its way to Pluto. This image is the result of a five-hour exposure designed to explore the powerful X-ray auroras observed near the poles of Jupiter. These auroras are "thought to be caused by the interaction of sulfur and oxygen ions in the outer regions of the Jovian magnetic field with particles flowing away from the sun in the so-called solar wind," according to NASA.