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Unveiling the depths of Jupiter's winds

Three papers answer a question that scientists have been asking ever since Galileo first observed the famous stripes of Jupiter: Are the colorful bands just a pretty surface phenomenon, or are they a significant stratum of the planet?

Mar 8th, 2018

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A new kind of star

Together with gravity, the polarization of the quantum vacuum may allow stars to exist in unconventional configurations.

Mar 8th, 2018

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A peculiar galactic clash

Galaxies are not static islands of stars -- they are dynamic and ever-changing, constantly on the move through the darkness of the Universe. Sometimes, as seen in this spectacular Hubble image of Arp 256, galaxies can collide in a crash of cosmic proportions.

Mar 8th, 2018

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ALMA reveals inner web of stellar nursery

New data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and other telescopes have been used to create this stunning image showing a web of filaments in the Orion Nebula. These features appear red-hot and fiery in this dramatic picture, but in reality are so cold that astronomers must use telescopes like ALMA to observe them.

Mar 8th, 2018

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First look at Jupiter's poles show strange geometric arrays of storms

With NASA's Juno spacecraft, scientists have gotten a good look at the top and bottom of the planet for the first time. What they found astounded them: bizarre geometric arrangements of storms, each arrayed around one cyclone over the north and south poles - unlike any storm formation seen in the universe.

Mar 7th, 2018

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