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To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united

For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn's moon Janus confined the planet's A ring -- the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA's Cassini mission data, astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled.

Posted: Oct 17th, 2017

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Jupiter's volcano-powered auroral lights

NASA's Juno spacecraft has helped explain how volcanoes on the moon Io spew particles that are flung out by Jupiter's magnetic field, before rebounding back. A high-speed atmospheric encounter on the return leg creates the Red Giant's once mysterious transient auroras.

Posted: Oct 13th, 2017

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The far side of the Milky Way

Astronomers have directly measured the distance to a star-forming region on the opposite side of our Milky Way Galaxy from the Sun, using the Very Long Baseline Array.

Posted: Oct 13th, 2017

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The strange structures of the Saturn nebula

The Saturn Nebula is located approximately 5000 light years away in the constellation of Aquarius (The Water Bearer). Its name derives from its odd shape, which resembles everyone's favourite ringed planet seen edge-on.

Posted: Sep 27th, 2017

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