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Humanity now has new perspective on Jupiter's rings, thanks to NASA's Juno spacecraft. During its initial data-collecting dive over Jupiter's poles on Aug. 27 2016, Juno captured first-ever photo of giant planet's faint ring system from inside, mission team members revealed Thursday. Photo, Which Juno Took With Its Star-tracking Navigation Camera, Also Show Part Of Constellation Orion, Including Bright Star Betelgeuse And Three Stars That Make Up Orion's Belt. What you're looking at here is ring of dust that's 40 000 miles away and stars that are hundreds of light-years away, all in same picture, Heidi Becker, Juno's radiation-monitoring investigation lead at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said during press conference Thursday. Juno Team Want To Share This Glimpse Of Jovian Stargazing With World, Becker Say. Heaven looks same to us Jupiter, she add. $1. 1 Billion Juno Mission Was Launched In August 2011 And Arrived In Orbit Around Jupiter On July 4 2016. Spacecraft Is Using Its Eight Science Instruments To Study Giant Planet's Structure And Composition, As Well As Its Gravitational And Magnetic Fields. Mission's Main Goal Is To Understand How Jupiter Formed And Evolve, Information That Should Yield Insights Into History Of Solar Systems In General, Mission Team Members Have Say. Juno collects most of its data during close flyovers of planet's poles that occur once every 53. 5 Earth days. Aug. 27 Dive Was Juno's First Such Period Pass; Probe Has Since Performed Four Others. Newly Released Photo Of Jupiter's Rings Was Sidelight During Thursday's Press Conference, Which Was Devoted To Discussion Of Planet's Surprising Polar Cyclones, Mysterious Auroras, Possibly Fuzzy Core And Some Other Key Science Results Gleaned From Juno's First Few Period Passes. Jupiter's ring system is much smaller and fainter than famous icy disk that girds Saturn. Galileo Galilei observed Saturn's rings way back in 1610, but Jupiter's weren't spotcheck until 1979, when NASA's Voyager 1 probe zoomed close to giant planet. Jupiter's ring system has three main components: pair of very faint outer rings called gossamer rings; wide, flat main ring; and thick inner ring called halo, NASA officials write on explainer page about planet's rings. Rings appear to created by dust thrown off by impacts on small moons. All four of solar system's giant planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune have ring systems. Follow Mike Wall on michaeldwall and Google +. Follow us on Spacedotcom, Facebook Google +. Originally published in space.

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