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You too can be an astrophysicist with your new telescope

Look up … some things to do with your new telescope. Flickr/Grand Canyon National Park, CC BY

You too can be an astrophysicist with your new telescope

You too can be an astrophysicist with your new telescope Look up … some things to do with your new telescope. Flickr/Grand Canyon National Park, CC BY Michael J. I. Brown, Monash University A telescope can reveal the beauty of the universe, such as the […]

High Above Jupiter’s Clouds

Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

High Above Jupiter’s Clouds

High Above Jupiter’s Clouds NASA’s Juno spacecraft was a little more than one Earth diameter from Jupiter when it captured this mind-bending, color-enhanced view of the planet’s tumultuous atmosphere. Jupiter completely fills the image, with only a hint of the terminator (where daylight fades to […]

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs

Stellar cluster NGC 1333 is home to a large number of brown dwarfs. Astronomers will use Webb’s powerful infrared instruments to learn more about these dim cousins to the cluster’s bright newborn stars. Credits: NASA/CXC/JPL

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are. Astronomers are hopeful that the powerful infrared capability of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will resolve a puzzle as fundamental as stargazing itself — what IS that […]

How insights into ‘supercritical fluids’ could help us understand the interior of the giant gas planets

Jupiter seen by Juno. Justin Cowart/Flickr, CC BY-SA

How insights into ‘supercritical fluids’ could help us understand the interior of the giant gas planets

How insights into ‘supercritical fluids’ could help us understand the interior of the giant gas planets Jupiter seen by Juno. Justin Cowart/Flickr, CC BY-SA John Proctor, University of Salford The temperature and pressure inside Jupiter range from about -100°c near the edge to about 15,000°c […]

NASA Solves How a Jupiter Jet Stream Shifts into Reverse

Illustration showing Jupiter and its moon Io. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

NASA Solves How a Jupiter Jet Stream Shifts into Reverse

NASA Solves How a Jupiter Jet Stream Shifts into Reverse Speeding through the atmosphere high above Jupiter’s equator is an east–west jet stream that reverses course on a schedule almost as predictable as a Tokyo train’s. Now, a NASA-led team has identified which type of […]

The Voyagers in Popular Culture

Each Voyager spacecraft carries a copy of the Golden Record, which has been featured in several works of science fiction. The record's protective cover, with instructions for playing its contents, is shown at left. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Voyagers in Popular Culture

The Voyagers in Popular Culture Whether you’re traveling across cities, continents or even oceans this holiday season, there is no long-haul flight quite like that of the Voyagers. Sit back and enjoy the view from the Voyagers’ epic journey through the solar system. See iconic […]

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

The twin Voyager spacecraft are celebrating 40 years of continual operation in August and September 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday […]

Thunderstorms create radioactivity, scientists discover

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Thunderstorms create radioactivity, scientists discover

Thunderstorms create radioactivity, scientists discover Maxime Raynal/wikipedia Jim Wild, Lancaster University Thunder and lightning have sparked awe and fear in humans since time immemorial. In both modern and ancient cultures, these natural phenomena are often thought to be governed by some of the most important […]

NASA Telescope Studies Quirky Comet 45P

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková is captured using a telescope on December 22 from Farm Tivoli in Namibia, Africa. Credits: Gerald Rhemann

NASA Telescope Studies Quirky Comet 45P

NASA Telescope Studies Quirky Comet 45P When comet 45P zipped past Earth early in 2017, researchers observing from NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility, or IRTF, in Hawai’i gave the long-time trekker a thorough astronomical checkup. The results help fill in crucial details about ices in Jupiter-family […]

Jupiter’s Stunning Southern Hemisphere

Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/ Seán Doran

Jupiter’s Stunning Southern Hemisphere

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 eight massive rotating storms at 40 degrees south latitude […]