Tag: planets

  • We now know why Jupiter doesn’t have big glorious rings like Saturn.

    Given its similarities to its neighbor Saturn, it seems natural to wonder why Jupiter doesn’t also have a beautiful and vast ring system visible. Alas, this is not the reality. Although Jupiter has rings, they are fine, tenuous and fragile dust, visible only when backlit by the Sun. According to new research, these discount rings […]

  • Humanity’s First-Ever Discovery of Exoplanets Was an Incredible Fluke

    In the early 1990s, planetary history was made. In 1992, two astronomers, Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail, published an article in Nature announcing the discovery of the very first planets outside the solar system. These two extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, immediately intrigued. They were rocky worlds 4.3 and 3.9 times the mass of Earth, swirling […]

  • A 4-billion-year-old piece of Earth’s crust has been identified under Australia

    Scientists can use a variety of clues to figure out what’s beneath the Earth’s surface without having to dig, including firing ultra-fine lasers thinner than a human hair at minerals found in beach sand. The technique has been used in a new study that points to a 4-billion-year-old piece of Earth’s crust the size of […]

  • A 4-billion-year-old chunk of Earth’s crust has been identified beneath Australia

    Scientists can use a variety of clues to figure out what’s beneath the Earth’s surface without having to dig, including firing ultra-fine lasers thinner than a human hair at minerals found in beach sand. The technique has been used in a new study that points to a 4 billion-year-old piece of Earth’s crust the size […]

  • Watch: Five planets line up in a rare planetary parade for the first time in 18 years

    The alignment has been ongoing since June 10. Five planets in the solar system, separated by billions of miles, have appeared in the predawn sky in a rare planetary conjunction that won’t be repeated until 2040. Mercury, Mars, Venus and Saturn recently appeared in the sky above Earth. The five planets came together as they […]

  • 5 planets will line up in the sky this week

    DENVER (KDVR) – This week a special space event is taking place and it will be visible in Colorado. Five planets will be aligned in the sky. The planets of this event are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. To see them, look southeast just before sunrise. The planets will be visible every morning towards […]

  • A dead star was caught tearing apart its planetary system

    When a star dies, what happens to its planets? Well, if that star is some white dwarf 86 light years away, those planets are currently being torn apart and devoured by the star, like some grotesque cosmic performance of Kronos devouring his children. This is not entirely unusual for white dwarfs. But this particular star, […]

  • What to expect when five planets line up in the sky

    What to expect when five planets line up in the skyWJXT News4JAX Rare sighting! Five planets line up for the sky show in JuneFOX 13 Utah News Seattle area star seekers, look up! On June mornings you can see 5 planets alignedSeattle weather Colorado weather looks mostly clear to catch the rare alignment of 5 […]

  • What to expect when five planets line up in the sky

    What to expect when five planets line up in the skyWJXT News4JAX You May See 5 Planets Align This Month In A Rare Astronomical ConjunctionKSAT San Antonio Look up: 5 planets align for the first time in 18 yearsWZTV Rare sighting! Five planets align to show it all this monthABC15 Arizona at Phoenix Five different […]

  • Rare sighting! Five planets line up for Utah sky show in June

    SALT LAKE CITY – A spectacular air show unfolds that hasn’t been seen in nearly two decades and won’t be seen again until 2040. WATCH: BYU students build a Mars rover and compete in an international challenge The best part is that no fancy telescope is needed as the naked eye can easily see the […]