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November 17, 2017
Pluto's hydrocarbon haze keeps dwarf planet colder than expected
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The gas composition of a planet's atmosphere generally determines how much heat gets trapped in the atmosphere. For the dwarf planet Pluto, however, the predicted temperature based on the composition of its atmosphere was much higher than actual measurements taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. A new study published November 16 in Nature proposes a novel cooling mechanism controlled by haze particles to account for Pluto's frigid atmosphere. "It's been a mystery since we first go ... read more

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Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere
See Jupiter's southern hemisphere in beautiful detail in this new image taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft. The color-enhanced view captures one of the white ovals in the "String of Pearls," one of eig ... more
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Help Nickname New Horizons' Next Flyby Target
NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt is looking for your ideas on what to informally name its next flyby destination, a billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) past Pluto. O ... more
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Watching Jupiter's multiple pulsating X-ray Aurora
Jupiter's intense northern and southern lights, or auroras, behave independently of each other according to a new study using NASA's Chandra X-ray and ESA's XMM-Newton observatories. Using XMM-Newto ... more
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Juno Aces 8th Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager
Data returned Tuesday, Oct. 31, indicate that NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The confirmation was de ... more
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Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independently
Jupiter's intense northern and southern lights pulse independently of each other according to new UCL-led research using ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's Chandra X-ray observatories. The study, pub ... more
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Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
At the ends of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is a belt of objects composed of ice and rocks, among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. The la ... more
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Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Ten observatories in six European countries teamed up for recent observations of a stellar occultation by the dwarf planet Haumea, which surprisingly show a narrow and dense ring orbiting the dwarf ... more
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Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
A long radar boom that will probe below the surface of Jupiter's icy moons has been tested on Earth with the help of a helicopter. ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, JUICE, is scheduled for launch in ... more

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Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
NASA's New Horizons mission revolutionized our knowledge of Pluto when it flew past that distant world in July 2015. Among its many discoveries were images of strange formations resembling giant kni ... more
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Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA
Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) announced today that it will present its Pluto lander concept at the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium in Denver, CO. Under a grant from NASA ... more
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Hibernation Over, New Horizons Continues Kuiper Belt Cruise
A long summer break ended for NASA's New Horizons on Sept. 11, as the spacecraft "woke" itself on schedule from a five-month hibernation period. Signals confirming that New Horizons had executed on- ... more
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Pluto features given first official names
The IAU has assigned names to fourteen geological features on the surface of Pluto. The names pay homage to the underworld mythology, pioneering space missions, historic pioneers who crossed new hor ... more
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Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful auroras - only not in ways the research ... more
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New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
NASA's New Horizons mission has set the distance for its New Year's Day 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, aiming to come three times closer to MU69 than it famously flew past Pluto in 2015 ... more
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Juno Scientists Prepare for Seventh Science Pass of Jupiter
NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its seventh science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Friday, Sept. 1, at 2:49 p.m. PDT (5:49 p.m. EDT and 21:49 UTC). At the time of perijove (defined a ... more
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To Pluto and beyond
NASA's successful mission to Pluto in 2015 was spurred by a graduate student with a big idea. Alan Stern was finishing his astrophysics degree at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1989 when he a ... more

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Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy planets
Scientists have helped solve the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of Neptune - the most distant planet in our solar system. A new study sheds light on the chemical make-up of the plane ... more
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Jovian storm looms large in the Jupiter's High North
A dynamic storm at the southern edge of Jupiter's northern polar region dominates this Jovian cloudscape, courtesy of NASA's Juno spacecraft. This storm is a long-lived anticyclonic oval named North ... more
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Twilight observations reveal huge storm on Neptune
Spectacular sunsets and sunrises are enough to dazzle most of us, but to astronomers, dusk and dawn are a waste of good observing time. They want a truly dark sky. Not Ned Molter, a UC Berkeley astr ... more
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NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina
A primitive solar system object that's more than four billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) away passed in front of a distant star as seen from Earth. Just before midnight Eastern Time Sunday (12:5 ... more
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New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons - amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds' icy te ... more
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Juno Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot
NASA's Juno mission completed a close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot on July 10, during its sixth science orbit. All of Juno's science instruments and the spacecraft's JunoCam were operatin ... more
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Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval. The JunoCam imager aboard NASA's Juno mission snapped pics of the most ic ... more
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New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis
Last year, the existence of an unknown planet in our Solar system was announced. However, this hypothesis was subsequently called into question as biases in the observational data were detected. ... more
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