Solar System

Once Upon a Time There Was a Spacecraft Called Rosetta…

by Jason Major July 21, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter …and that time is now! ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft is just over a mere two weeks away from its arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (which has recently surprised everyone with its binary “rubber duckie” shape) and the excitement continues to grow — and […]

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Is Our Solar System Weird?

by Brian Koberlein July 17, 2014

Is our Solar System normal? Or is it weird? How does the Solar System fit within the strange star systems we’ve discovered in the Milky Way so far? Remove this ad Brian Koberlein on Google+

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What’s Inside Jupiter?

by Fraser Cain July 10, 2014

Jupiter is like a jawbreaker. Dig down beneath the swirling clouds and you’ll pass through layer after layer of exotic forms of hydrogen. What’s down there, deep within Jupiter? Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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A New Image of Europa Emerges

by Jason Major July 9, 2014

Eureka – it’s Europa! And a brand-new image of it, too! (Well, kinda sorta.) The picture above, showing the icy moon’s creased and cracked surface, was made from images acquired by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft during its exploration of Jupiter and its family of moons in 1997 and 1998. While the data itself isn’t new per se the […]

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Rosetta Watches Comet 67P Tumbling Through Space

by Jason Major July 3, 2014

This is really getting exciting! ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft (and the piggybacked Philae lander) are in the home stretch to arrive at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 34 days and the comet is showing up quite nicely in Rosetta’s narrow-angle camera. The animation above, assembled from 36 NAC images acquired last week, shows 67P/C-G rotating over a total elapsed time of 12.4 […]

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