articles tagged: planetary science
did we really discover the day that venus turned to hell?
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did we really discover the day that venus turned to hell?

A new study shows just how little we know about why Venus became the hothouse world it is today.

world of weird things podcast: look, up in the sky! it’s super-earth!
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world of weird things podcast: look, up in the sky! it’s super-earth!

Far from being just a slightly bigger rocky sphere than our planet, Super-Earths are a fascinating class of worlds ranging from Earths with a few extra tons to failed seeds of gas giants.

how jupiter may have moved it, moved it from the outer reaches of the solar system
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how jupiter may have moved it, moved it from the outer reaches of the solar system

Considering what we know about planetary formation, Jupiter shouldn’t have been able to grow as massive in its current orbit. But a new simulation shows it could’ve been born much, much further away.

oldest earth rock found in lunar exile
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oldest earth rock found in lunar exile

Scientists think they found a time capsule from Earth’s earliest days buried just under the Moon’s surface for the last 4.1 billion years.

astronomers find a fossil from the early days of the solar system
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astronomers find a fossil from the early days of the solar system

A tiny, roughly kilometer sized rock might not seem like much of a discovery, but it’s an important confirmation of our models of planetary formation and solar system evolution.

this weird star system is, literally, flipping awesome
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this weird star system is, literally, flipping awesome

A binary system observed by ALMA isn’t wonky, it’s the first example of an anomaly we only thought was possible until we saw it with our own eyes: a polar protoplanetary disk.

we think aliens may lurk in europa’s oceans. we might be disappointed…
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we think aliens may lurk in europa’s oceans. we might be disappointed…

New models trying to infer the geology of potentially habitable moons orbiting Jupiter and Saturn hint at surprisingly cool, geologically inactive worlds, the opposite of what a diverse alien ecosystem would need.

wonky star systems may be born that way
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wonky star systems may be born that way

A nearby baby star has been discovered with a warped protoplanetary disk — a feature that may reveal the true nature of the solar system’s planetary misalignments

yes, uranus got wrecked but that’s not even the half of it
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yes, uranus got wrecked but that’s not even the half of it

A massive collision seems to be the only plausible reason why Uranus is the oddball it is, and now we have an idea of what it might have looked like. So what do we do with this data?

world of weird things podcast: mars
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world of weird things podcast: mars

We’re about to learn some new and exciting things about Mars, and we preview what some of them might be.

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