Could the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Costa Rica set off a hurricane in California? The question has been scrutinized by chaos theorists, stock-market analysts and weather forecasters for decades. For most people, this hypothetical scenario may be difficult...
HOTBLACK DESIATO COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: NASA’s Hubble Captures Blistering Pitch-Black Planet. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called “hot Jupiters,” gigantic, gaseous planets that orbit very close to their host star and are heated to extreme temperatures. The planet’s atmosphere is so hot that most molecules are […]
They're out of this world.
The First Quarter Moon is Thursday, September 28. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are nearby in the late twilight sky. The thin crescent Moon is close to Jupiter on the 22nd. Earth is at spring equinox on the 23rd. Saturn is visible all evening in the heart of the Milky Way and is close to the Moon on the 26th and 27th. Show More Summary
didoofcarthage: Jupiter and Io by Lambert Sustris Dutch, 1557-1563 oil on canvas State Hermitage Museum
by Tobias Coughlin-Bogue RN74 Has a New Chef It's Thomas Griese, a veteran of the Michael Mina empire who previously cooked at Bouchon Las Vegas, the French Laundry, Andre’s, Alize, and Le Cirque, before coming to Michael Mina 74 Miami as chef de cuisine. Show More Summary
A glittering barred spiral galaxy, Jupiter's storms, and Cassini's long-awaited Grande Finale dive this week in space.
Over a thousand light years away, there's a planet that isn't conforming to your so-called rules. It isn't one of the jocks like Earth, or one of the preps like Saturn. WASP-12b probably sits beneath the bleachers dressed in its black...Show More Summary
If you don't have 10 mins here are the high points. 0:32 Milky Way 0:53 Jupiter 1:17 Approaching Port of Colombo 1:45 Cargo Operation 2:08 Departure Colombo with Rainstorm 2:29 Beautiful Sunrise
Exoplanets are a constant source of surprise and wonder. The skies of HAT-P-7b are decorated with clouds made of ruby and sapphire, KELT-9b is hotter than most stars, and now astronomers have noticed something strange about a gas giant called WASP-19b. Show More Summary
As an exoplanet transits its host star, some of the light from the star is absorbed by the atoms and molecules in the planet’s atmosphere, causing the planet to seem bigger; plotting the planet’s observed size as a function of the wavelength of the light produces a transmission spectrum. Show More Summary
The presence of water on Earth used to help set our planet apart from others, but not anymore. NASA researchers recently uncovered evidence of water on Vesta, the second biggest body in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. Essam...Show More Summary
(Kazan Federal University) In the last 20 years several thousand exoplanets have been found orbiting solar-type stars, but only about a hundred around giant stars. Most of them are 10 to 20 times heavier than Jupiter, and only about 15 planets are close to Jupiter in mass. This is the first time in Russian astronomy when a planet was discovered with spectroscopic methods.
The New Moon is Wednesday, September 20. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are nearby in the early evening sky. Saturn is visible all evening in the heart of the Milky Way. Venus is now low in the morning sky coming close to the bright star Regulus. Show More Summary
Like Earth, Jupiter generates some extraordinary light shows, aka auroras. But what exactly causes the powerful ones on Jupiter has been a mystery — until now. Read more...
The Juno probe is recording incredible image data of Jupiter. Not least are the new aurora studies that are shaking up what we know of the planet's extreme weather systems. But it's the sheer painterly beauty of the world, up-close, that is most breathtaking. And then there's actual paintings, too...
Jupiter features the largest and most powerful auroral display in the Solar System. As spectacular as they are, however, very little is known about these dancing displays of Southern and Northern lights. A recent survey by NASA's Juno...Show More Summary
We always assumed that auroras on Jupiter were caused by the same process that bring the swirling light shows to Earth. New observations show that they aren’t
They are breaking Earth-like physics.
The most intense auroral emissions from Earth’s polar regions, called discrete for their sharply defined spatial configurations, are generated by a process involving coherent acceleration of electrons by slowly evolving, powerful electric fields directed along the magnetic field lines that connect Earth’s space environment to its polar regions. Show More Summary