Category: Solar System

Clusters of Earth-Sized Ice Cyclones – Jupiter Shows its Stuff

With great fanfare, the Juno probe arrived at Jupiter last year. Now, the first science from the little probe is getting shared, and it’s pretty cool. In a NASA press release, Juno principle investigator Scott Bolton […]

Jupiter Has Some Really Cool Auroras – in Infrared

We knew we’d get some really cool pics from the Juno spacecraft’s first close pass to Jupiter, but it is one that fell outside the visible spectrum that delivered one of the most dramatic ever […]

“Juno is firing on all cylinders”

On Saturday, August 27th, the Juno spacecraft performed its first of its 36 flybys of the planet Jupiter, coming within 2,600 miles of the atmosphere. It didn’t have much time – it was zipping by […]

Lakes, Rivers and Canyons on Titan

As different as each of the planets and moons are from Earth, NASA is finding many similarities as well. A recent study found that Venus may have at one time harbored life, and now the […]

Venus May Have Supported Life

Venus is one nasty place. Its atmosphere is made up of nitrogen and carbon dioxide and is so dense that on its surface, it’s the same as being at a depth of about 3000 feet […]

Saturn Bends its Rings

In this picture recently snapped by the Cassini spacecraft seems to show the rings of Saturn being bent as they approach the shadow of the planet. Gravitational warp? Space-time distortion? It’s nothing so grand, unfortunately. […]

What Do a Fly, Juno, Jupiter, and a Basketball Have in Common?

With all the hype around Juno’s rendezvous with Jupiter, many lose sight of exactly how great a feat it was. I’m a fan of putting things into perspective, and if any story deserves perspective, it’s […]

A New Visitor for Jupiter – If it Can Slow Down Enough

UPDATE: Juno successfully entered orbit around Jupiter at 11:53 PM EDT on July 4th. Jupiter is about to have a new friend. After a five year journey, the Juno spacecraft will enter Jupiter’s orbit late […]

More Evidence that Comets Delivered Life-Enabling Chemicals to Earth

Scientists analyzing the halo of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet found that it contains glycine and phosphorous, two of the essential materials necessary for life to form. This discovery further supports the theory that it was comets and […]

Visiting Nearby Stars Using Tiny Sails

What do Stephen Hawking, Mark Zuckerberg and entrepreneur Yuri Milner have in common – aside from being very rich? They want to build a bunch of tiny spaceships and sail them to nearby stars. They call […]