Pluto News, The Kuipers and Beyond
September 01, 2017
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
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 terrain might be like. Wonder no more. Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer spectacular new perspectives of the many unusual features that were discovered and which have reshaped our view ... read 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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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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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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NASA spacecraft to fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot
An unmanned NASA spacecraft is about to fly over a massive storm raging on Jupiter, in a long-awaited a journey that could shed new light on the forces driving the planet's Great Red Spot. ... more

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New Mysteries Surround New Horizons' Next Flyby Target
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft doesn't zoom past its next science target until New Year's Day 2019, but the Kuiper Belt object, known as 2014 MU69, is already revealing surprises. Scientists have b ... more
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NASA's Juno Spacecraft to Fly Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot July 10
Just days after celebrating its first anniversary in Jupiter orbit, NASA's Juno spacecraft will fly directly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the gas giant's iconic, 10,000-mile-wide (16,000-kilometer ... more
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Mid-infrared images from the Subaru telescope extend Juno spacecraft discoveries
Subaru Telescope images reveal weather in Jupiter's atmosphere in the mid-infrared. Those images, taken multiple times over several months, support Juno spacecraft mission of National Aeronautics an ... more
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Earth-based Views of Jupiter to Enhance Juno Flyby
Telescopes in Hawaii have obtained new images of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, which will assist the first-ever close-up study of the Great Red Spot, planned for July 10. On that date, NASA's Juno ... more
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Topsy-Turvy Motion Creates Light-Switch Effect at Uranus
More than 30 years after Voyager 2 sped past Uranus, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are using the spacecraft's data to learn more about the icy planet. Their new study suggests that Ura ... more
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NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts
A NASA-led and NASA-sponsored study of potential future missions to the mysterious "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune has been released - the first in a series of mission studies NASA will condu ... more
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The curious case of the warped Kuiper Belt
An unknown, unseen "planetary mass object" may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research on the orbits of minor planets to be published in the Astronomical Journal. Th ... more
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King of the Gods: Jupiter Dated to Be Oldest Planet in the Solar System
A new study from an international team of astronomers has dated Jupiter for the first time, and their findings suggest that the Gas Giant is the oldest planet in the solar system. Dating a cel ... more

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New Horizons Team Digs into New Data on Next Flyby Target
It was the most technically-challenging and complex stellar occultation observation campaign ever attempted: At least 54 observing teams with dozens of telescopes dispatched across two continents, p ... more
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Jupiters complex transient auroras
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 Ear ... more
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A whole new Jupiter with first science results from Juno
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
On 27 August 2016, the Juno spacecraft made its first close pass around our solar system's largest planet, Jupiter, obtaining insights into its atmosphere and interior that challenge previous assump ... more
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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
On New Year's Day 2019, more than 4 billion miles from home, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will race past a small Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 - making this rocky remnant of planetary form ... more
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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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