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June 11, 2017
Jupiters complex transient auroras
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 26, 2017
Combined observations from three spacecraft show that Jupiter's brightest auroral features recorded to date are powered by both the volcanic moon Io and interaction with the solar wind. At Earth, auroras are clearly driven by the solar wind that streams past the planet. But Jupiter's gigantic auroras - magnitudes more powerful than those on Earth - are believed to be mainly driven by factors within the Jovian system. Now, by combining observations from three spacecraft, scientists from an in ... read more

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arly science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm syste ... more
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First results from Juno show cyclones and massive magnetism
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NASA's Juno probe forces 'rethink' on Jupiter
An unmanned NASA spaceship circling Jupiter has spotted massive cyclones at the gas giant's poles, revealing stunning new details about our solar system's largest planet, researchers said Thursday. ... more
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First Juno Science Results Supported by University's Jupiter 'Forecast'
New observations about the extreme conditions of Jupiter's weather and magnetic fields by University of Leicester astronomers have contributed to the revelations and insights coming from the first c ... more
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New Horizons Deploys Global Team for Rare Look at Next Flyby Target
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Hubble spots moon around third largest dwarf planet
The combined power of three space observatories, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, has helped astronomers uncover a moon orbiting the third largest dwarf planet, catalogued as 2007 OR10. The ... more
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NASA asks science community for Europa Lander Instruments ideas
NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa. NASA Wednesday informed the science community to prepare ... more
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Waves of lava seen in Io's largest volcanic crater
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Not So Great Anymore: Jupiter's Red Spot Shrinks to Smallest Size Ever
Any third-grader can tell you about Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS), a titanic cyclone that has raged for centuries in Jupiter's atmosphere. It sticks out like a blemish on photos of the gas giant, a ... more
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The PI's Perspective: No Sleeping Back on Earth!
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ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member of our solar system, the planetary body 20 ... more
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Nap Time for New Horizons
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Cold' Great Spot discovered on Jupiter
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Hubble spots auroras on Uranus
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When Jovian Light and Dark Collide
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Neptune's journey during early planet formation was 'smooth and calm'
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Hubble takes close-up portrait of Jupiter
During April 2017 Jupiter is in opposition: it is at its closest to Earth and the hemisphere facing Earth is fully illuminated by the Sun. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope used this special confi ... more
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Neptune's movement from the inner to the outer solar system was smooth and calm
New research suggests Neptune's transition from the inner to the outer solar system was relatively slow and steady. The clues to the nature of Neptune's ancient move were discovered in the Kuiper belt, a massive ring of space debris - mostly icy fragments - lying beyond Neptune's orbit. ... more
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Four unknown objects being investigated in Planet X
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New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target
How time and our spacecraft fly - especially when you're making history at 32,000 miles (51,500 kilometers) per hour. Continuing on its path through the outer regions of the solar system, NASA's New ... more
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Juno Spacecraft Set for Fifth Jupiter Flyby
NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its fifth flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Monday, March 27, at 1:52 a.m. PDT (4:52 a.m. EDT, 8:52 UTC). At the time of closest approach (called p ... more
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ANU leads public search for Planet X
The Australian National University (ANU) is launching a search for a new major planet within our solar system, inviting anyone around the world with access to the Internet to help make the historic ... more
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Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
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ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
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