Monday, January 11

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

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Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation.

The principal goal of NASA’s Juno mission is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. With its suite of instruments, 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.

Dr. Fran Bagenal, a professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will discuss how Juno will help us take a giant step forward in our understanding of how giant planets form and the role these titans played in putting together the rest of the solar system. Juno is the first spacecraft to fly over Jupiter’s aurora and will measure both the energetic particles raining down on the planet and the bright “northern and southern lights” they excite.