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Something bizarre is raining down on Uranus

January 17th, 2022

Scientists believe that Neptune and Uranus could both be home to a constant stream of “diamond rain”. The two planets are considered “ice giants”. They’re mostly made of water, methane, and ammonia, which accounts for the icy-like titles we’ve given them. While they might not be as talked about as some of the other giants …

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A massive storm on Neptune just did something unexpected

December 30th, 2020

Neptune, the frigid world that lives past Saturn and Uranus, has been known to host large storms in its atmosphere. Recent observations of a “dark spot” storm on the planet revealed something interesting, as the storm rapidly changed directions. The storm prevented its own destruction and appears to have spawned a tiny twin in the …

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Neptune’s moons are ‘dancing,’ and it’s so cool

November 17th, 2019

Earth has just one Moon, which makes it pretty simple for it to avoid collisions with other large objects since, well, there’s nothing for it to collide with. Other moons don’t have it nearly so good. Neptune, for example, has over a dozen moons, and for all those tiny worlds to coexist, some interesting patterns …

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A colossal Neptunian storm just vanished before our eyes

February 16th, 2018

You don’t have to look far for fresh news about Mars, Saturn, or Jupiter these days, but Neptune doesn’t always get the same kind of attention. The big frigid blue ball is the farthest planet from the Sun — since we don’t count Pluto as a planet anymore — and it hasn’t been studied with …

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‘Diamond rain’ proven possible on Uranus and Neptune

August 22nd, 2017

Following up on a long-held theory that intense pressure within the ice giants of our solar system could lead to “diamond rain,” researchers were able to simulate the conditions they believe exist deep within our planetary neighbors Uranus and Neptune, and proved that it’s actually possible.