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Jupiter Just Sprouted a Brand New Spot

An amateur astronomer in South Africa has detected a bright new surface feature rising above the cloud tops on Jupiter.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, South Africa, Jupiter, Planetary Science


To find giant black holes, start with Jupiter

On a quest to find the Universe's largest black holes, Vanderbilt researcher identifies the center of the solar system within 100 meters.
Tags: Science, Jupiter, Vanderbilt


First measurement of spin-orbit alignment on planet Beta Pictoris b

Astronomers have made the first measurement of spin-orbit alignment for a distant 'super-Jupiter' planet, demonstrating a technique that could enable breakthroughs in the quest to understand how exoplanetary systems form and evolved.
Tags: Science, Jupiter


Oceans on alien worlds are more common than you think, study reveals

Oceans on exoplanets may be more common than commonly believed, a new NASA study reveals. A new generation of telescopes, both on the ground and in space, capable of finding these oceans will begin operations in the next few years, potentially confirming the finding. In our own solar system, water is found not just on Earth, but also on several of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Ice deposits have also been found under the ruddy surface of Mars, at the poles of the Moon, and possibly even on Plu...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Jupiter, Europa, Pluto, Syndication


Are planets with oceans common in the galaxy? It's likely, NASA scientists find

Several years ago, planetary scientist Lynnae Quick began to wonder whether any of the more than 4,000 known exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system, might resemble some of the watery moons around Jupiter and Saturn.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Jupiter


Turns Out That ‘Active’ Object in Jupiter’s Orbit Is a Comet in Disguise

Astronomers were abuzz last week following the discovery of an active asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit, in what was thought to be a new type of celestial object. Follow-up investigations have revealed it to be a regular comet, albeit one in a misleading orbit. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Comets, Jupiter, Planetary Science, Trojan asteroids, Active Asteroids


Astronomers create cloud atlas for hot, Jupiter-like exoplanets

As astronomers ramp up study of the atmospheres of hot, Jupiter-like planets around other stars, they encounter clouds that obscure study of atmospheric gases. A new computer model looks at the proposals for cloud compositions -- from smog to rubies -- and finds that the most likely, over a large range of temperatures, are silicate clouds: aerosols of silicon and oxygen, like molten quartz or sand. The hottest exoplanets have clear skies; the coolest have hydrocarbon hazes.
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Freaky ‘Active’ Object in Jupiter’s Orbit Is First of Its Kind Seen by Astronomers

It’s neither an asteroid nor a comet but something in between. It’s also parked within Jupiter’s orbit, making this object the first of its kind to ever be detected.Read more...
Tags: Science, Comets, Asteroids, Jupiter, Jupiter trojans, Planetary Science, Active Asteroids


Scientists are working together to understand the most powerful storms on Jupiter

Storms on Jupiter are among the most powerful squalls seen anywhere in the Solar System. Now, a new study brings together the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Juno spacecraft in an effort to understand these behemoth tempests. Thunderheads on Jupiter can reach 65 kilometers (40 miles) tall, five times as large as their cousins on Earth. Lightning from these storms erupt with three times as much power as the most massive superbolts seen on our own world. Like fami...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Hawaii, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Gemini Observatory, Syndication


Evidence Mounts for Gigantic Water Plumes on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

While studying Europa’s magnetic field in 2000, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft inadvertently collected evidence of watery plumes shooting out from the moon’s icy surface, according to new research.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Moon, Jupiter, Europa, Planetary Science, Moon Europa, Plumes


By Jove!

While we're on the subject of space, there are some really amazeballs photos of Jupiter here. By combining imagery from Earthbound telescopes, the Hubble up in orbit, and the Juno probe, they're finding a lot of neat stuff.For instance, check out that ring of cyclones around the planet's south pole, and the amazing Hubble shot of the Jovian aurora borealis. .  [Author: Tam]
Tags: Space, Science, Guns, Jupiter, Tam, JOVE, Neat-o


Jupiter Looks Like a Fireball in This ‘Lucky’ Infrared Image

Hard to believe, but this stunning infrared image of Jupiter was taken from Earth’s surface, specifically from the Gemini North Telescope in Hawaii. Combined with other observational data, the new image is casting revelaing more about the gas giant’s epic storms and an odd feature seen in its Great Red Spot.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Hawaii, Infrared, Jupiter, Planetary Science, Gas Giants


Astronomers capture new images of Jupiter using 'lucky' technique

Detailed pictures of planet glowing through clouds were taken with telescope in HawaiiAstronomers have captured some of the highest resolution images of Jupiter ever obtained from the ground using a technique known as “lucky imaging”.The observations, from the Gemini North telescope on Hawaii’s dormant volcano Mauna Kea, reveal lightning strikes and storm systems forming around deep clouds of water ice and liquid. The images show the warm, deep layers of the planet’s atmosphere glowing through g...
Tags: Space, Science, Hawaii, Jupiter, Mauna Kea


Gemini gets lucky and takes a deep dive into Jupiter's clouds

Researchers using a technique known as 'lucky imaging' with the Gemini North telescope on Hawaii's Maunakea have collected some of the highest resolution images of Jupiter ever obtained from the ground. These images are part of a multi-year joint observing program with the Hubble Space Telescope in support of NASA's Juno mission.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Hawaii, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope


Telescopes and spacecraft join forces to probe deep into Jupiter's atmosphere

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the ground-based Gemini Observatory in Hawaii have teamed up with the Juno spacecraft to probe the mightiest storms in the solar system, taking place more than 500 million miles away on the giant planet Jupiter.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Hawaii, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Gemini Observatory


Newly discovered exoplanet dethrones former king of Kepler-88 planetary system

A team of astronomers led by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy has discovered a planet three times the mass of Jupiter in the Kepler-88 system. Using W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, Hawaii, the team found that Kepler-88 d is the most massive known planet in this system - not Kepler-88 c as previously thought.
Tags: Science, Jupiter, Kepler, University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, Maunakea Hawaii, Using W M Keck Observatory


Researchers use 'hot Jupiter' data to mine exoplanet chemistry

After spotting a curious pattern in scientific papers -- they described exoplanets as being cooler than expected -- Cornell University astronomers have improved a mathematical model to accurately gauge the temperatures of planets from solar systems hundreds of light-years away.
Tags: Science, Jupiter, Cornell University


Set your alarm: Moon to join trio of planets before sunrise Wednesday

Early risers will be treated to a celestial meetup on Wednesday as the moon joins a gathering of planets in the hours before sunrise.Saturn, Jupiter and Mars have been lined up in the pre-dawn sky in recent weeks, with Mars gradually drifting closer to the gas giants. These planets will bunch even closer together as the month progresses. "Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be as close together as they will be over the next couple of decades," AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.The mor...
Tags: Science, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Accuweather, Lucas, Red Planet, Mars Jupiter, Jupiter Mars, Saturn Jupiter, Dave Samuhel, DirecTV Frontier, Samuhel, Pexels Folks


March to herald early arrival of spring and several other alluring astronomical events

As Old Man Winter loosens his grip and the bitterly cold nights of winter fade away to milder spring evenings, people will be more inclined to spend some time under the heavens and take in the night sky.March will not only herald the start of spring, with the 2020 equinox arriving earlier than any other equinox in the last 124 years, but also many opportunities to see the moon pair up with planets in the night sky.Here are the top three astronomy events to look for throughout March:1\. Super Wor...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, United States, International Space Station, European Space Agency, Mars, Johnson, Saturn, Jupiter, Antares, Accuweather, Koch, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Katherine Johnson


Betelgeuse mystery solved? New deep-space image stirs up fresh theories behind dimming star

One of the biggest and brightest stars in the night sky has left astronomers puzzled after it has faded dramatically over the last year. Some have speculated that this is a sign of an impending supernova explosion, but new observations are pointing toward two new theories.Betelgeuse is a red supergiant star located around 700 light years away from Earth that can be found glowing orange in the well-known constellation of Orion. It is so massive that if it were placed in the center of our solar sy...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Belgium, Orion, Jupiter, Accuweather, Eso, Mesa, KU Leuven, Betelgeuse, Evan Bauer, Andy Howell, Jared Goldberg, DirecTV Frontier, Montarges


Massive planet that would dwarf Jupiter has been discovered in our galactic neighborhood

Just 330 light-years from Earth, a massive baby planet named 2MASS 1155–7919 b has recently been born from a cloud of gas and dust. Researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) found this rare young gas giant, 10 times larger than Jupiter, orbiting far from its stellar companion— 600 times further from its parent star than the Earth is from the Sun. The star around which this planet orbits is also extremely young, having formed just five million years ago, roughly one-thousandth ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Earth, Jupiter, Rochester Institute of Technology RIT, Syndication


Hydrogen Molecules on Hottest Known Exoplanet Are Being Ripped to Shreds

Astronomers have documented a bizarre cycle of molecular destruction and rebirth on an ultra-hot, Jupiter-like exoplanet where surface temperatures exceed 7,750 degrees Fahrenheit.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Chemistry, Jupiter, Exoplanets, Hot Jupiters, Planetary Science, Really Hot


Planet WASP-12b is on a death spiral, say Princeton scientists

A Princeton-led team of astrophysicists has shown that exoplanet WASP-12b, located 600 light-years away, is spiraling in toward certain destruction in about 3 million years. 'Ever since the discovery of the first 'hot Jupiter' in 1995 -- a discovery that was recognized with this year's Nobel Prize in Physics -- we have wondered how long such planets can survive,' said Prof. Joshua Winn.
Tags: Science, Jupiter, Princeton


Jupiter Is Flinging Comets Toward Earth

Some astronomers believe that Jupiter, instead of protecting Earth from dangerous comets and asteroids, is actively flinging objects into the inner solar system. New research now demonstrates this complex process in action. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Comets, Asteroids, Jupiter, Rude, Astrophysics, Near Earth Objects, Trojans, Trans Neptunian Objects


An incredible animation by a planetary scientist shows how fast each planet spins by putting them in one giant globe

Jupiter's Great Red Spot zips around 2.4 times faster than Earth, while Venus spins so slowly you can't tell it's moving backwards.
Tags: Science, Earth, Jupiter, Venus


New technology allows control of gene therapy doses

Scientists at Scripps Research in Jupiter have developed a special molecular switch that could be embedded into gene therapies to allow doctors to control dosing.The feat, reported in the scientific journal Nature Biotechnology, offers gene therapy designers what may be the first viable technique for adjusting the activity levels of their therapeutic genes.
Tags: Science, Jupiter, Nature Biotechnology, Scripps Research


NASA has confirmed a new class of huge 'super-puff' planets that have the density of cotton candy

Because their hydrogen-helium atmospheres balloon out, these planets are nearly as big as Jupiter, but are 100 times less massive.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Jupiter


‘Super-puff’ planets add a cotton candy flavor to the search for alien worlds

Readings from the Hubble Space Telescope have shed light on a bizarre class of alien planets that have the density of cotton candy. The "super-puff" planets were detected by NASA's Kepler space telescope in 2012, orbiting Kepler 51, a sunlike star that's 2,600 light-years from Earth along our Milky Way galaxy's Orion spiral arm. A couple of years later, astronomers determined that the planets — known as Kepler-51 b, c and d — have extremely low densities. Hubble's recent observat...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Kepler


Giant cyclone the size of Texas discovered on Jupiter

"These cyclones are new weather phenomena that have not been seen or predicted before," said Cheng Li, a Juno scientist.
Tags: Texas, Science, Jupiter, Cheng Li


2 of the brightest planets to appear side by side in the night sky

On Sunday evening, the two brightest planets in the night sky will appear very close to each other in a nearly annual astronomical event known as a conjunction.People that step outside after sunset on Sunday and look to the Southwest will see Venus and Jupiter right next to each other. This event is easy to spot, making it a great one for younger stargazers to view -- and this year's conjunction will be a treat since it falls early enough on a school night.The two planets will shine brightly...
Tags: Science, Earth, West Coast, Saturn, Jupiter, East Coast, Venus, Southwest, Jupiter Pluto, Europa Ganymede Io, Jan Sandberg Venus



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