News tagged with planetary missions

Massive planet gone rogue discovered

A massive rogue planet has been discovered in the Beta Pictoris moving group. The planet, called PSO J318.5338-22.8603 (Sorry, I didn't name it), is over eight times as massive as Jupiter. Because it's one of the few directly-imaged ...

dateFeb 12, 2016 in Astronomy
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Largest rocky world found

We thought we understood how big rocky planets can get. But most of our understanding of planetary formation and solar system development has come from direct observation of our own solar system. We simply couldn't see any ...

dateFeb 11, 2016 in Astronomy
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NASA image: Saturn's upper cloud layers

( —What the viewer might perceive to be Saturn's surface is really just the tops of its uppermost cloud layers. Everything we see is the result of fluid dynamics. Astronomers study Saturn's cloud dynamics in part ...

dateNov 18, 2014 in Space Exploration
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