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Astronomy Nov 30, 2022

Astronomers directly image a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting a sunlike star

According to the most widely-accepted theory, planetary systems form from large clouds of dust and gas that form disks around young stars. Over time, these disks accrete to create planets of varying size, composition, and ...

Space Exploration Nov 29, 2022

NASA's Juno mission spots two Jovian moons

On Nov. 29, 2021, NASA's Juno mission completed its 38th close flyby of Jupiter. As the spacecraft sped low over the giant planet's cloud tops, its JunoCam instrument captured this look at two of Jupiter's largest moons.

Astronomy Nov 27, 2022

James Webb Space Telescope uncovers chemical secrets of distant world—paving the way for studying Earth-like planets

Since the first planet orbiting a star other than the sun was discovered in 1995, we have realized that planets and planetary systems are more diverse than we ever imagined. Such distant worlds—exoplanets—give us the ...

Astronomy Nov 25, 2022

Nascent gas giant planets may be lurking in dusty disk

Nurseries for new planets, protostellar disks are oblate swathes of gas and dust that rotate about newly formed stars. The Earth and the other planets in the solar system were birthed from such a disk.

Astronomy Nov 15, 2022

Researchers use random numbers to precisely describe the warm dense hydrogen found in some planet interiors

Discovering the properties of quantum systems that are made of many interacting particles is still a huge challenge. While the underlying mathematical equations have been long known, they are too complex to be solved in practice. ...

Environment Nov 14, 2022

Subarctic boreal forest, vital for the planet, is at risk

It burns, it drifts, it falls victim to insects. And it's shrinking.

Environment Nov 11, 2022

'Toxic cover-up': 6 lessons Australia can draw from the UN's scathing report on greenwashing

The United Nations this week slammed corporate "greenwashing" and said organizations cannot claim to be net-zero while supporting fossil fuel projects.

Astronomy Nov 07, 2022

What happens to hot Jupiters when their star becomes a red giant?

The study of extrasolar planets has led to some astounding discoveries, many of which have defied the expectations of astronomers and challenged our notions about the forms planetary systems can take. For example, the discovery ...

Astronomy Nov 07, 2022

Early planetary migration can explain missing planets

A new model that accounts for the interplay of forces acting on newborn planets can explain two puzzling observations that have cropped up repeatedly among the more than 3,800 planetary systems cataloged to date.

Astronomy Nov 07, 2022

Atmosphere of excitement as Europe's JWST astronomers study climate on other planets

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), launched on Christmas Day 2021, is already transforming our understanding of planets in our solar system and far beyond. A versatile satellite observatory, JWST has a clear-eyed view ...

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