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neptune

A new mystery on Neptune has astronomers baffled

April 16th, 2022

Neptune is located almost 2.8 billion miles from the Sun. As such, the planet is known for its exceptionally long orbit time. In fact, its journey around the Sun takes roughly 165 Earth years. Because the orbit takes so long, seasons on Neptune last over 40 Earth years.  Right now Neptune’s southern hemisphere is in …

neptune storm

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 …

life on earth

We’re so, so lucky that life on Earth has survived for this long

December 28th, 2020

Scientists have spent an incredible amount of manpower attempting to determine what conditions support life, and why Earth is so perfect for living things. Now, a researcher simulated 100,000 planets to try to determine how lucky we are that Earth has remained habitable for as long as it has. As it turns out, we’re incredibly …

angel on mars

Is Mars drawing pictures for us?

December 19th, 2020

High winds have carved interesting shapes into the Martian south pole, including what appears to be an angel and a massive red heart. Images of the shapes have been showcased by the European Space Agency, The south pole of Mars is actually quite wet, with liquid water lying beneath an icy crust, so understanding the …

uranus winds

Uranus may leak gas into space at least once a day

November 16th, 2020

A new study that modeled Uranus and its magnetosphere suggest that, when the planet is at the correct angle, solars winds can enter the magnetosphere and blow through. The findings seem to match observations made by Voyager 2 decades ago. Additional research would be required to confirm the findings. Uranus is weird. It’s unlike any …

white dwarf planet

Astronomers just found a first-of-its-kind planet

September 17th, 2020

Researchers have spotted a planet orbiting a white dwarf star just 80 light-years from Earth. White dwarf stars don’t typically have planets orbiting them due to the nature of how stars live and die. The planet in this case is many times the size of the star itself, making the pair an even odder couple. …

diamond planets

Planets made of diamond may be hanging out in the cosmos

September 14th, 2020

Researchers theorize that, under the right conditions, carbon-rich exoplanets could generate huge quantities of diamonds beneath their surface. The recipe including heat, pressure, carbon, water, and time results in diamonds, and some planets are likely to have the right combination. These planets are most likely not habitable but may be worth visiting for the resources.  …

pink planet

I bet you’ve never seen a pink planet before, but it exists

August 11th, 2020

Astronomers have spotted a new gas giant exoplanet that formed roughly 160 million years ago and is now glowing pink. The big pink planet is several times the mass of Jupiter, but roughly the same size. The planet and its Sun-like star reside roughly 57 light-years from Earth. With new exoplanet discoveries happening at a …