planets
Loading page

Jupiter Is 'Hardly Recognisable' In Juno's Latest Images

The first close-up images of Jupiter as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft are finally rolling in — and the gas giant before us is barely recognisable.


There's Growing Evidence That Venus Was Once Habitable

If you could hop in a time-travelling spacecraft, go back three billion years and land any place in our solar system, where would you want to end up? Earth, with its barren continents and unbreathable atmosphere? Or Mars, a chillier version its big brother? Wait, what about Venus?


Awesome Video Compares The Size Of Different Planets And Stars In The Universe

Video: If you want to feel small and get a sense for the awesomely overwhelming scale of the universe and all of its planets and stars and empty space, watch this star size comparison video. It starts with our Moon and then sizes up to planets in our solar system in a line up while also looping in other rocky planets and bright stars to show us how we compare (we don’t).


The 20 Most Earth-Like Exoplanets We've Found

Kepler has given us a stash of thousands of exoplanets. Now, researchers have pulled 20 from that stash that they say are the most likely to be habitable.


Researchers Just Solved One Of The Big Paradoxes About Jupiter's Atmosphere

There’s a mystery above Jupiter. The planet is five times farther from the sun than Earth is — and yet has similar atmospheric temperatures to our own. So where’s all that extra heat coming from? It turns out, Jupiter may have a second heat source in its Big Red Spot.


Science Gets To The Bottom Of Neptune's Weird 'Wobbles'

Neptune, the farthest named planet in our solar system (sorry Pluto), is unusual in a lot of ways. One rotation around the sun lasts about 165 Earth years, and each season is around 40 Earth years. Another noteworthy thing about the planet is its atmosphere, which has a fluctuating brightness.


These Nearby Earth-Sized Planets Are Looking More And More Habitable

Two months ago, researchers discovered that a nearby star system held at least three potentially habitable planets. Now, it turns out that at least two of those planets have even more potential for habitability than we initially thought.


Astronomers Just Spotted A Water Snow Line Around A Star For The First Time

A telescope just snagged the very first image of a water snow line drifting around a young star in space — and it could transform what we know about how planets form.


Jupiter's Northern Lights Look Absolutely Incredible

Image Cache: If you want to see beautiful auroras, forget Alaska, Canada and Iceland — check out Jupiter. At the gas giant’s north pole, the most powerful and luminous northern lights in the solar system shimmer and glow in an endless geomagnetic storm that’s larger than our entire planet.


Incredible Photo Shows An Exoplanet In Orbit Around Its Host Star

See that tiny speck just to left of the bluish orb? That’s a planet. It’s one of the best direct images of an exoplanet we’ve ever seen, and it’s made all the more remarkable given that it’s a whopping 1200 light-years away.


Loading page