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What are Hot Jupiters?

by Fraser Cain February 12, 2014

When astronomers first discovered other planets, they were completely unlike anything we’ve ever found in the Solar System. These first planets were known as “hot jupiters”, because they’re giant planets – even more massive than Jupiter – but they orbit closer to their star than Mercury. Dr. Heather Knutson, a professor at Caltech explains these […]

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Saturn Storm’s ‘Suck Zone’ Shown In Spectacular Cassini Shots

by Elizabeth Howell April 29, 2013

Checking out the above pictures of a Saturn hurricane, one can’t help but wonder: how close was the Cassini spacecraft to spiralling down into gassy nothingness? Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Clouds of Sand and Iron Swirl in a Failed Star’s Extreme Atmosphere

by Jason Major January 9, 2013

Artist’s concept of brown dwarf  2MASSJ22282889-431026 (NASA/JPL-Caltech) The complex weather patterns within the atmosphere of a rapidly-rotating brown dwarf have been mapped in the highest detail ever by researchers using the infrared abilities of NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes… talk about solar wind! Jason Major on Google+

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Shedding Some Light on a Dark Discovery

by Jason Major August 23, 2011

Earlier this month astronomers released news of the darkest exoplanet ever seen: discovered in 2006, the gas giant TrES-2b reflects less than 1% of the visible light from its parent star… it’s literally darker than coal! Universe Today posted an article about this intriguing announcement on August 11, and now Dr. David Kipping of the […]

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Astronomers Discover a Dark Alien World

by Jason Major August 11, 2011

An exoplanet has been discovered by astronomers that reflects less than one percent of the light it receives from its parent star. Less reflective than black acrylic paint, this planet is literally darker than coal! Jason Major on Google+

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