Monster Saturn storm ate its own tail

Since gas giants are made up of, well, gas, it’s easy for giant storms to form around them. Saturn and Jupiter are always peppered with monster storms that ravage the planets. They don’t do any actual damage since there’s nothing there to damage, but they do make for some spectacular shots.

Milky Way’s Black Hole feasts on superhot gas

It’s a simple menu, but smoking hot. The black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy is sucking in ultra-hot molecular gas, as seen through the eyes of the Herschel space telescope.

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Jupiter’s moon Europa: Underground ocean reaches surface

The huge ocean sloshing beneath the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa likely makes its way to the surface in some places, suggesting astronomers may not need to drill down deep to investigate it, a new study reports. Scientists have detected chemicals on Europa‘s frozen surface that could only come from the global liquid-water ocean […]

NASA Rover finds “conditions” once suited for ancient life on Mars

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. But is it enough only haing the “right conditions” for life to appear?

Curiosity in “Safe Mode” After Computer Failure

The Curiosity rover is marvel of technology, the pinnacle of human engineering achievement. It now also is in “safe mode” due to some problems with its internal computer.

Image of the Day: The Four Suns of HD 98800

How would it look to have four suns in the sky? Planets of the HD 98800 system, if they exist, would experience such a view.

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