Look Up! Jupiter Will Come the Closest to Earth in Decades

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NASA, you’ve really outdone again — this time with Jupiter. With new images captured from space, we can marvel at Jupiter coming closer to Earth than ever before.

The space agency on Monday unveiled imagery showing Jupiter.

New images are bound to have “universal” appeal among parents, kids, teachers, professors, scientists and, if we’re lucky, space-rock bands.  

What Led Up to Today’s Historic Events

Last month, NASA released new images s’ebsite. The magnificent pics capture the most detailed images of Jupiter — including rings, satellites, and galaxies — to date.

There seems to be even more excitement about these latest images. NASA believes it captures Jupiter closer in distance to Earth than ever before.

“IMPACT SUCCESS!” NASA’s tweet said. The emotional clips shows workers hugging, cheering, and crying — and for good reason.

Even NASA Is Bowled Over by the Orb Pic

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Wednesday that the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DAT) played a role in the historic achievement.

“[Watch] … as the vending machine-sized spacecraft successfully collides with asteroid Dimorphos, which is the size of a football stadium and poses no threat to Earth,” NASA said.

Watch from #DARTMIssion’s DRACO Camera, as the vending machine-sized spacecraft successfully collides with asteroid Dimorphos, which is the size of a football stadium and poses no threat to Earth.

So, did you say NASA has a DRACO Camera? We’re a bit rusty on that one. We’re guessing it’s probably not a Polaroid.

Technically speaking, DRACO is a high-res imager. It is “a high-resolution imager derived from the New Horizons LORRI camera to support navigation and targeting, to measure the size and shape of the asteroid,” NASA said.

While we try to parse out what that means, we’ll continue to bask in the NASA’s brilliant new imagery.

So, heed the advice of NASA, “Don’t look down,” instead of that of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in Don’t Look Up.

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