Neptune

'unprecedented' Discovery Of Unique Infrared Light Signature On Neptune's Moon Triton

Triton orbits Neptune, the eighth planet from the Sun, some 2.7 billion miles from Earth—at the cold outer fringe of the Solar System's major planet zone. Surface temperatures hover near absolute zero, so low that common compounds we know as gases...
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Tess Discovers Three New Planets Nearby, Including Temperate 'sub-neptune'

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has discovered three new worlds that are among the smallest, nearest exoplanets known to date. The planets orbit a star just 73 light years away and include a small, rocky super-Earth and two...
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Hubble Spots Alien Planet

Scientists identified the chemical “fingerprint” for GJ 3470 b's atmosphere, an exoplanet that’s a cross between Earth and Neptune. Despite being an oddball, planets like this are likely common around other...
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Nasa Telescopes Reveal The Atmosphere Of A Strange Hybrid Exoplanet

Out there in space is an unusual exoplanet name Gliese 3470 b (GJ 3470 b.) It’s a strange world, kind of like a hybrid between Earth and Neptune. It has a rocky core like Earth, but is surrounded by an atmosphere made of hydrogen and helium....
Related topics: NASA, Space, Telescopes, Exoplanets, Hydrogen, Helium

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Atmosphere Of Mid-size Planet Revealed By Hubble And Spitzer

Two NASA space telescopes have teamed up to identify, for the first time, the detailed chemical "fingerprint" of a planet between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. No planets like this can be found in our own solar system, but they are common around...
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How Icy Outer Solar System Satellites May Have Formed

Beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune, there are a multitude of icy and rocky small bodies, smaller than planets but larger than comets. These likely formed at the same time as the Solar System, and understanding their origin could provide...
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Scientists View The Warm Glow Of Uranus’ Rings

When we think of ringed planets in our solar system, Saturn comes to mind for most, and that’s it. Saturn isn’t the only planet that has rings in our solar system, Neptune has rings, and Uranus also has rings. The catch with Uranus is...
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Neptune-sized Oddball Baffles Astroboffins: It Has A Good Atmosphere Despite Star-lashing

First gas giant spotted in the so-called 'Neptunian Desert' Astrophysicists have discovered a rogue exoplanet that has managed to cling onto its atmosphere despite lying fatally close to its parent star, defying all expectations.…
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Neptune's Moon Triton Has A Rare Kind Of Ice

Neptune's largest moon Triton boasts a unique icy mixture of carbon monoxide and nitrogen, which could help astronomers better understand the conditions of other distant, alien worlds.
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Neptune's Moon Triton Fosters Rare Icy Union

Astronomers using the Gemini Observatory explore Neptune's largest moon Triton and observe, for the first time beyond the lab, an extraordinary union between carbon monoxide and nitrogen ices. The discovery offers insights into how this volatile...
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Scientists Want To Probe Atmospheres Of Uranus And Neptune

It's been decades since a spacecraft visited either Uranus or Neptune — which means scientists are busy dreaming up instruments that could be flown out on the next probe to these ice giants.
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Does A Neptune-size Exomoon Really Exist Around This Alien Planet?

Six months after its unveiling, uncertainty still swirls around the first serious exomoon candidate.
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Next-generation Nasa Instrument Advanced To Study The Atmospheres Of Uranus And Neptune

Much has changed technologically since NASA's Galileo mission dropped a probe into Jupiter's atmosphere to investigate, among other things, the heat engine driving the gas giant's atmospheric circulation.
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Tess Just Found Its First Earth-sized World

NASA’s new planet-hunting telescope, TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite), just found its first Earth-sized world. Though the Earth-sized planet, and its hot sub-Neptune companion, were first observed by TESS in January 2019,...
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Tess Finds Its First Earth-sized Planet

A nearby system hosts the first Earth-sized planet discovered by NASA's Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite, as well as a warm sub-Neptune-sized world, according to a new paper from a team of astronomers that includes Carnegie's Johanna Teske,...
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Jaguars Release Statement Addressing Leonard Fournette’s Arrest

Leonard Fournette was arrested on Thursday for a seemingly avoidable incident, and the Jacksonville Jaguars cannot be happy with their star running back. According to multiple reports, Fournette was arrested in Neptune Beach, Fla., because of a...

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Help Name The Largest Unnamed World In Our Solar System

More than a decade ago, three astronomers discovered a minor planet orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune. Now they need your help in naming it. To avoid another Boaty McBoatface situation, the team—Meg Schwamb, […] The post Help Name the Largest...
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Next Stop, Triton? Here's Two Wild Ideas To Explore Neptune's Weirdest Moon

Neptune's moon Triton is one of the strangest worlds in the solar system — and that's why scientists are exploring mission concepts that could give them a detailed look at it.
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The Case For Trident: Nasa's Shrinking Window For A Mission To Triton

The last and only time astronomers got a close look at Neptune’s moon Triton was in 1989, when Voyager 2 sped by, taking images of just one side of the moon. But that brief encounter revealed plumes of material shooting out from a world so...
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Hubble Discovers A Mysterious Dark Spot On Neptune, And It’s Getting Bigger

The mighty Jupiter gets a lot of attention for its constantly-shifting face, but it's not the only planet in our solar system with some serious personality. Neptune, the large frozen ball of methane and various other frigid gasses sitting way out in...
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