The Secrets of Jupiter

The Secrets of Jupiter

Discover the top five mysteries that ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) mission will solve. Jupiter, its magnetic environment, and its moons form one of the most intriguing systems in the Solar System. Juice, planned for launch in 2023 and arrival at Jupiter in 2031, will reveal more about this fascinating planet and its natural […]

NASA Helps Decipher How Some Distant Planets Have Clouds of Sand

NASA Helps Decipher How Some Distant Planets Have Clouds of Sand

A new study using archival observations by the now-retired Spitzer Space Telescope found a common trait among distant worlds where the exotic clouds form. Most clouds on Earth are made of water, but beyond our planet they come in many chemical varieties. The top of Jupiter’s atmosphere, for example, is blanketed in yellow-hued clouds made of […]

Hubble Finds a Planet Forming in an Unconventional Way

Hubble Finds a Planet Forming in an Unconventional Way

Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, Joseph Olmsted (STScI) NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has directly photographed evidence of a Jupiter-like protoplanet forming through what researchers describe as an “intense and violent process.” This discovery supports a long-debated theory for how planets like Jupiter form, called “disk instability.” The new world under construction is embedded in a protoplanetary […]

What’s Up: February 2022 Skywatching Tips from NASA

From the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (California Institute of Technology) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwoG9y3EdWQ&list=PLTiv_XWHnOZrT_ppDGiT__fI3yjD4t7dI&t=88s What are some skywatching highlights in February 2022? Jupiter is the lone planet lingering in twilight skies after sunset in February. It exits the evening sky this month leaving no bright planets there until August (save for a brief appearance from Mercury in April). […]

PLANETS with David Becker

In this exclusive series, David takes us on a musical voyage through the stars, on a spaceship made of sound, improvised in the moment, live on stage at the historic Camille Playhouse in Brownsville TX Part 1: Goldilocks | Mercury Venus Earth Part 2: Suburbs | Mars and Jupiter Part 3: Outer Banks | Saturn […]