orbital resonance

Astronomers Find a Planet With Three Times the Mass of Jupiter

Jupiter is the Boss. Well, in terms of planets in our Solar System it is. It's played a huge role…

3 months ago

Astronomers Find a Six-Planet System Which Orbit in Lockstep With Each Other

Astronomers have found a star system with six exoplanets that orbit with an almost perfect 3:2 resonance.

4 months ago

Two of Neptune’s Moons Dance Around Each Other as they Orbit

Like a long-married couple accustomed to each other's kitchen habits, two of Neptune's moons are masters at sharing space without…

9 months ago

What is the Weather Like on Mercury?

The weather on Mercury, such as it is, consists of extreme highs and extreme lows in temperature, owing to its…

3 years ago

How Does Mercury Compare to Earth?

Mercury and Earth are a study in contrasts, with serious differences in their orbits, atmospheres, surface temperatures, and annual/diurnal cycles.…

3 years ago

Could the Closest Extrasolar Planet Be Habitable? Astronomers Plan to Find Out

According to a series of simulations conducted by scientists from the University of Exeter and the Met Office, it is…

3 years ago

How Long is Day on Mercury?

Due to its rapid orbital period and slow rotation, a day on Mercury lasts 176 days, which is twice as…

3 years ago

Four Planet System Directly Imaged In Motion

Jason Wang, a graduate student from UC Berkeley, has created a video that captures the peculiar orbits of gas giants…

4 years ago

What Does “Earthlike” Even Mean & Should It Apply To Proxima Centauri b?

With so many exoplanet discoveries around distant (and neighboring) stars, it might be time to assess what terms like "Earth-like"…

4 years ago

How Do We Terraform Jupiter’s Moons?

Jupiter's four largest moons - the Galileans - have long been considered as possible sites for human habitation, and even…

4 years ago