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dateline: 04 November 2014

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Jupiter Stares Back at NASA

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (The US space program.)
  • eerie: spooky
  • telescope: an instrument for looking closely at distant objects
  • pupil: the black spot that contracts inside the iris of an eye
  • Cyclops: a one-eyed giant from Greek mythology
  • shrink: to reduce in size

Jupiter Stares Back at NASA

NASA has released an eerie photograph of Jupiter, the biggest planet in our , staring back at the Hubble telescope. The photograph was taken in April, 2014 as Hubble observed Jupiter’s storm, also known as the Great Red Spot. When the shadow of Ganymede, the largest moon in our solar system, passed over Jupiter’s storm, it looked just like a pupil inside a eye. NASA likened the image of Jupiter to an enormous Cyclops. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is a massive storm that was discovered by humans in the 1600s. NASA has had eye more closely on the spot in recent years because that the storm is slowly shrinking.

Comprehension Questions

    1. What is Ganymede?
    2. What is the Great Red Spot?
    3. Why is NASA observing Jupiter closely?


Discussion Questions: Do you believe there are living things actually staring back at earth as we observe what’s going on in space?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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