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NASA's Juno spacecraft completes Jupiter rendezvous burn

21 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA's Juno spacecraft has successfully completed a maneuver designed to fine tune its orbit around the Sun, preparing it for a rendezvous with Jupiter in just over five months' time. The probe will be required to undertake one further...Show More Summary

425 Million Miles from Earth, American Spacecraft Prepares for Jupiter

On Wednesday, the American spacecraft Juno fired its thrusters to adjust its path for a successful orbit around the giant gas planet Jupiter...

NASA's Juno Spacecraft On Course to Jupiter --"1st Probe Beneath the Gas Giant's Obscuring Cloud Cover"

NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft, launched from Earth in 2011, will arrive at Jupiter in 2016 to study the giant planet from an elliptical, polar orbit. Juno will repeatedly dive between the planet and its intense belts of charged particle radiation,...

Jupiter and Saturn --"Delivered Components for Life to Form on Earth"

Not only is the "Jupiter as shield" concept, implying that the planet shields Earth from comet impacts, not true, but perhaps Jupiter's most important role in fostering the development of life on Earth was just the opposite -- delivering the...

New study challenges Jupiter's role as planetary shield, protecting Earth from comet impacts

Not only is the 'Jupiter as shield' concept, implying that the planet shields Earth from comet impacts, not true, but perhaps Jupiter's most important role in fostering the development of life on Earth was just the opposite -- delivering the volatile materials from the outer Solar System needed for life to form. Show More Summary

NASA Seeking Ways to Avoid Using SLS for Europa Mission(s)

Faced with a congressional mandate to add a lander to a planned mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, NASA is considering launching the lander separately from the main mission.In discussions Feb. 1 at a meeting of NASA’s Outer Planets...Show More Summary

The Many Mysteries of Uranus

The best planet in our solar system is not, as Adrienne LaFrance claimed several months ago, Jupiter. Nor is it Saturn, as Ross Andersen argued in a rebuttal last month. I teach science for a living, which means I have a hard time allowing misinformation to pass by uncorrected—and after reading those articles, I knew I had to step in before any more intellectual damage was done.

The Sky This Week - Thursday February 4 to Thursday February 11

The New Moon is Tuesday February 9. Jupiter is visible in the late evening sky. All five bright planets; Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Mercury form a long line in the morning sky. The Moon is close to Saturn on the 4th, Venus on the 6th and Mercury on the 7th. Show More Summary

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Five planets at dawn, leap day this February!

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Jupiter is now a late evening object, rising in the east. It rises by 9 p.m. on Feb. 1, and by Feb. 29 it comes up just before 7 p.m., which is during evening twilight. Jupiter comes to opposition on … Continue reading ?

Southern Skywatch February, 2016 edition is now out!

The line-up of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury as seen from Adelaide on the morning of 6 February at 5:30 am. (click to embiggen) The February edition of Southern Skywatch is up. This month features still more nice planetary action. Show More Summary

Flight Over Dwarf Planet Ceres

5 days agoHumor / odd : The Presurfer

Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt that lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Take a flight over dwarf planet Ceres in this video made with images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. YouTube link The Presurfer

All five visible planets putting on morning shows

5 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Step away from that snow shovel. Give your wintry, Snowzilla 2016 weariness a cosmic break, as you can still catch all five visible planets in the morning for the next few weeks. Let’s start in the evening: Jupiter rises in the east about 8:40 p.m., and you’ll find this giant planet near the back legs of the constellation Leo the lion. Show More Summary

Fossils Found at Weston Rhyn Primary School

Jupiter and Saturn Classes Study Dinosaurs It certainly was a “dinotastic” day for children in Jupiter and Saturn classes at Weston Rhyn Primary, as these two classes spent the day learning all about prehistoric animals and fossils.  In a morning of dinosaur themed activities, the Year5/6 class (Jupiter), learned that sometimes animals believed extinct prove […]

Signs of Modern Astronomy Seen in Ancient Babylon

Scientists have found a small clay tablet with markings indicating that a sort of precalculus technique was used to track Jupiter’s motion in the night sky.

Ancient Babylonians used geometry to track Jupiter

Analysis of ancient Babylonian tablets reveals that, to calculate the position of Jupiter, the tablets' makers used geometry, a technique scientists previously believed humans had not developed until at least 1,400 years later, in 14th century Europe. Show More Summary

FOUND: A Cuneiform Text That Shows How Babylonians Used Geometry to Track Jupiter

The Moon and Jupiter (Photo: Eric Kilby/Wikimedia) Among the tens of thousands of cuneiform tablets and fragments dug up in the early 19th century from Mesopotamian cities, there are about 450 of those tablets and fragments, dated between about 350 B.C. Show More Summary

Ancient maps of Jupiter’s path show Babylonians’ advanced maths

A forgotten tablet has cracked a long-standing mystery about strange notations on other tablets - and shown ancient Babylonians used precursors to calculus

Track Jupiter's Path Like An Ancient Babylonian

last weekNews : The Two-Way

Clay tablets confirm that 14 centuries before Europeans first mapped the movement of planets, Babylonian astronomers were doing it. In a way, scientists say, their techniques were "very modern."

Is Tiger Woods’ Ex A Stalker Or His Next Wife?

Golf’s Tiger Woods seems to have the ability to attract the kind of women who have the ability to stalk someone, and it sounds like Amanda Boyd Dufner, ex wife of another golfer, is doing it with real estate. Tiger is making Jupiter, Florida, his home base with his restaurant just around the corner, and... Show More Summary

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