NASA's new pics of Jupiter's Great Red Spot are taking the internet by storm.

On July 10, 2017, the Juno space probe buzzed over the greatest storm in the solar system — Jupiter's Great Red Spot.

Image from NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt​​.

The probe, moving at hundreds of miles per hour, flew over the massive raging hurricane — a storm so large that it could swallow the Earth — delivering back to us some of the most amazing images of the planet ever seen.


"For hundreds of years scientists have been observing, wondering and theorizing about Jupiter's Great Red Spot," said Scott Bolton, Juno's principal investigator, in a press release.

That's not an exaggeration. The storm is so old that astronomers back in the 1600s might have glimpsed it through their early telescopes. Imagine their awe at what we've been able to see today.

"Now we have the best pictures ever of this iconic storm," Bolton said.

Image from NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Jason Major.

The raw images of the flyby were released on July 12, and both scientists and artists immediately got to work.

NASA's been dumping the raw images of the entire mission on their JunoCam site, where citizen scientists and professionals have been enhancing and remixing them, turning the raw data into amazing works of art.

Image by JunoCam/danielcorttez.

The probe was launched in August 2011 and will run until February 2018. During its mission, Juno has been measuring Jupiter's gravity, magnetic field, and atmosphere, revealing a world of turbulent storms, high-voltage auroras, and polar cyclones unlike anything on Earth.

The data from this mission will help scientists figure out what truly lies beneath Jupiter's clouds and how the Jovian giant, and our solar system, came to be.

Image from JunoCam/KenWong.

If nothing else, Juno once again proves how stunning the universe is and how lucky we are to be able to explore it.

True
Frito-Lay

Did you know one in five families are unable to provide everyday essentials and food for their children? This summer was also the hungriest on record with one in four children not knowing where their next meal will come from – an increase from one in seven children prior to the pandemic. The effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt around the country and many people struggle to secure basic needs. Unemployment is at an all-time high and an alarming number of families face food insecurity, not only from the increased financial burdens but also because many students and families rely on schools for school meal programs and other daily essentials.

This school year is unlike any other. Frito-Lay knew the critical need to ensure children have enough food and resources to succeed. The company quickly pivoted to expand its partnership with Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, to create the "Building the Future Together" program to provide shelf-stable food to supplement more than a quarter-million meals and distribute 500,000 pantry staples, school supplies, snacks, books, hand sanitizer, and personal care items to schools in underserved communities.

Keep Reading Show less
Canva

I got married and started working in my early 20s, and for more than two decades I always had employer-provided health insurance. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka "Obamacare")was passed, I didn't give it a whole lot of thought. I was glad it helped others, but I just assumed my husband or I would always be employed and wouldn't need it.

Then, last summer, we found ourselves in an unexpected scenario. I was working as a freelance writer with regular contract work and my husband left his job to manage our short-term rentals and do part-time contracting work. We both had incomes, but for the first time, no employer-provided insurance. His previous employer offered COBRA coverage, of course, but it was crazy expensive. It made far more sense to go straight to the ACA Marketplace, since that's what we'd have done once COBRA ran out anyway.

The process of getting our ACA healthcare plan set up was a nightmare, but I'm so very thankful for it.

Let me start by saying I live in a state that is friendly to the ACA and that adopted and implemented the Medicaid expansion. I am also a college-educated and a native English speaker with plenty of adult paperwork experience. But the process of getting set up on my state's marketplace was the most confusing, frustrating experience I've ever had signing up for anything, ever.

Keep Reading Show less
True

$200 billion of COVID-19 recovery funding is being used to bail out fossil fuel companies. These mayors are combatting this and instead investing in green jobs and a just recovery.

Learn more on how cities are taking action: c40.org/divest-invest


Schools often have to walk a fine line when it comes to parental complaints. Diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and preferences for what kids see and hear will always mean that schools can't please everyone all the time, so educators have to discern what's best for the whole, broad spectrum of kids in their care.

Sometimes, what's best is hard to discern. Sometimes it's absolutely not.

Such was the case this week when a parent at a St. Louis elementary school complained in a Facebook group about a book that was read to her 7-year-old. The parent wrote:

"Anyone else check out the read a loud book on Canvas for 2nd grade today? Ron's Big Mission was the book that was read out loud to my 7 year old. I caught this after she watched it bc I was working with my 3rd grader. I have called my daughters school. Parents, we have to preview what we are letting the kids see on there."

Keep Reading Show less
via Lorie Shaull / Flickr

The epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in America is one of the country's most disturbing trends. A major reason it persists is because it's rarely discussed outside of the native community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, murder is the third-leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women under age 19.

Women who live on some reservations face rates of violence that are as much as ten times higher than the national average.

Keep Reading Show less