Tag: Neptune

Forbidden Planet Spotted In Neptunian Desert Where It Should Not Exist

NGTS-4b is a rogue exoplanet located some 920 light-years away from Earth, in a region known as the Neptunian Desert. It is believed to be 20 percent smaller than Neptune but is about three times the size of the human world.

Space May 30, 2019

Rare Union Between Nitrogen Ice And Carbon Monoxide Ice Observed Neptunian Moon Triton

Neptune's largest moon Triton has a rare mix of carbon monoxide and nitrogen ice on its surface. Researchers used the Gemini Observatory's telescope in Chile to study the distant object.

Space May 24, 2019

Hubble Documents Gigantic Storm As It Forms On Neptune

A team of scientists observed the formation and development of a Great Dark Spot on the southern hemisphere of Neptune using data from Hubble. Understanding the conditions of the ice giant could aid in the study of exoplanets.

Space March 26, 2019

Hubble Beams Back Images Of Neptune's Newest Moon Hippocamp

A team of researchers published a paper describing a small moon currently in orbit around Neptune. Hippocamp, named after a Greek mythological creature, is Neptune's 14th and smallest moon.

Space February 21, 2019

NASA Scientists Report Strange 'Dark Vortex' In Neptune's Atmosphere

Neptune is sporting a 'mysterious dark vortex' in the latest photograph released by NASA. According to the U.S. space agency, the spot is a storm that pulls dark materials from the deeper part of the atmosphere.

Space February 9, 2019

Very Large Telescope In Chile Captures Remarkably Sharp Images Of Neptune

ESO's ground-based Very Large Telescope in Chile captured a remarkably sharp and more detailed image of the planet Neptune. Scientists used laser tomography to correct distortions caused by the Earth's atmosphere.

Space July 19, 2018

Planet 9 May Not Exist Instead Collective Gravity Explains Orbits Of Detached Objects Beyond Neptune

New evidence shows that Planet Nine may not exist after all and collective gravity may be to blame for some of the evidence of the missing planet. This would throw off calculations expecting a planet.

Space June 4, 2018

Scientists Find 840 Icy Little Planets Beyond Neptune, Say There Could Be Hundreds Of Thousands More

A five-year survey of the outer reaches of the solar system has led scientists to discover as many as 840 previously unknown small planets. They believe there could be as many as 90,000 little icy worlds more.

Space May 29, 2018

Scientists May Have Found Evidence Of Planet Nine Due To Strange Orbit Of Trans Neptunian Object

Scientists have theorized that there may be a ninth planet in the solar system due to strange orbits that many Trans Neptunian objects have. One of those objects may have just delivered evidence of a ninth planet.

Space May 17, 2018

Exiled Asteroid Discovered Past Neptune In Kuiper Belt: How Did It Get All The Way Out There?

Scientists have discovered the first carbon-rich asteroid found in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. The asteroid has originally formed between Mars and Jupiter.

Space May 10, 2018

First Jupiter, Now Neptune's Great Dark Spot Is Shrinking

The news came out that Jupiter would be losing its Great Red Spot, now Neptune's Great Dark Spot is shrinking. Even though it's not as iconic as Jupiter's storm and not the first for Neptune.

Space February 22, 2018

Mysterious Neptune Storm That Smells Like Rotten Eggs Is Dying, And Nobody Knows Why

A mysterious storm in Neptune that is the size of China and believed to smell like rotten eggs is dying. The reason for this is unknown, along with any other details about the dark vortex.

Space February 18, 2018

Scientists Create 'Superionic Ice' That May Also Exist On Uranus And Neptune

Scientists have recently created superionic ice on Earth, believed to be found on icy giant planets. It is a strange form of ice that is simultaneously liquid and solid.

Material Science February 8, 2018

Liquid Oceans In Icy Bodies Expand Potential Worlds In The Solar System To Find Alien Life

Ice worlds beyond the orbit of Neptune known as Trans-Neptunian Objects may have liquid oceans beneath their icy surface, a NASA study suggested. If correct, this could impact our search for potentially habitable worlds in the Solar System.

Space December 3, 2017

Egg-Shaped Dwarf Planet Haumea Discovered To Have A Ring, The Only One Of Its Kind

Astronomers have discovered the first-ever dwarf planet in the Solar System to be surrounded by a ring. But the question is, how did it even form one of its own?

Space October 12, 2017

Astronomers Spot Bright And Massive Storm Near Neptune’s Equator

Astronomers from UC Berkeley visiting the Keck Observatory spotted a massive new storm system in Neptune. The strange bright storm is as wide as Earth.

Space August 5, 2017

Planet 10? There May Be Another Planet Hiding Beyond Neptune

Planet Nine may not exist, but that doesn't mean there are only eight planets in our solar system. The orbit of certain celestial bodies suggests there might be a smaller planet at the edge of our solar system.

Space June 24, 2017

Forget The Moon, We May Be Going To Neptune Or Uranus

NASA is currently planning a mission to Mars, but they're looking beyond that. One mission takes a spacecraft to the ice giants Neptune or Uranus.

Space June 23, 2017

More Objects Beyond Neptune Discovered, Offer New Evidence Supporting Existence Of Planet Nine

The discovery of more objects beyond Neptune has strengthened hopes of locating the elusive Planet Nine. The presence of three more trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), in addition to the existing six, supports evidence about Planet Nine’s existence.

Space October 27, 2016

Extraordinary Compounds May Be Hiding In Uranus, Neptune

Uranus and Neptune may be hiding some extraordinary compounds within them. According to researchers, certain compounds only manifest under high-pressure conditions, which is typical for the interiors of the planets.

Space September 7, 2016

Newly Discovered Object Beyond Planet Neptune Orbits Sun In The Wrong Direction

The trans-Neptunian object called Niku orbits the sun in a plane tilted 110 degrees to the plane of the rest of the bodies in the solar system and orbits backwards. Is the hypothetical Planet Nine responsible for this odd behavior?

Space August 12, 2016

Hawaiian Telescope Detects New Dwarf Planet Far Beyond Neptune

A new dwarf planet situated in the disk of icy worlds beyond Neptune has been detected by an international team of scientists. The dwarf planet is designated 2015 RR245.

Space July 12, 2016

Hubble Space Telescope Finds New Dark Spot On Neptune

Neptune has developed a new dark vortex, whipping around the planet. The mighty storm has just been imaged by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Space June 23, 2016

Kepler Finds Youngest Planet Around Alien Star: Neptune-Size K2-33b Exoplanet Is Only 10 Million Years Old

The infant super-Neptune K2-33b is the youngest fully formed planet found orbiting an alien star. The exoplanet is estimated to be only between 5 to 10 million years old.

Space June 21, 2016

If Planet Nine Exists Then What Is It Like?

Planet nine may orbit in the depths of the solar system, frigid and massive. What would conditions be like on this frozen world?

Space April 7, 2016

Planet 9 In Solar System Is Still A Theory: NASA

NASA said that there is no actual proof yet that Planet 9 exists - it remains a theory up to this day. Computer simulations, however, recently attributed the alignment of some bodies beyond Neptune to the effects of a planet about 30 billion kilometers from the sun.

Space February 1, 2016

NASA May Soon Explore Uranus And Neptune Following Pluto Mission

Will NASA be headed to Uranus or Neptune next? The agency is in the process of studying its options to decide on its next flagship mission.

Space August 26, 2015

Neptune-Like Planets May Turn into Potentially Habitable Worlds

Alien life may, one day, be found on mini-Neptunes, former gas giants shaped by their suns into habitable worlds. How would this process work?

Space January 29, 2015

Scientists Recreate Planetary Formation Using Powerful Lasers

Planetary formation in super-Earths circling distant stars has been modeled by physicists using powerful lasers. What surprising results did the experiment reveal?

Space January 23, 2015

Uranus-like planet discovered 25,000 light years away

Exoplanet discovery could shed light of origins of "ice giants" Uranus and Neptune in our own solar system, astronomers say. Distant planet detected in a binary star system in our Milky Way galaxy.

Space October 17, 2014

NASA spies water vapor in exoplanet: Can alien life exist?

Water vapor has been seen in the atmosphere of exoplanet HAT-P-11b, along with unusually clear skies. Could alien life exist there?

Space September 25, 2014

Where did Neptune and Uranus come from? New research has answers

Both Neptune and Uranus are mysteries, at least when it comes to how they formed. However, after studying these two planets' positions in the Solar System, researchers suggest a new explanation.

Geek September 23, 2014

NASA New Horizons spacecraft flies by Neptune. Next stop: Pluto

New Horizons, headed to Pluto, has just passed the orbit of Neptune, setting a new speed record for the journey.

Space August 27, 2014

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft crosses Neptune's orbit on its way to Pluto

New Horizons crosses Neptune's orbit while traveling to Pluto for a terrestrial landing.

Internet Culture August 26, 2014

Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft says hello to Neptune

New Horizons spacecraft of NASA has crossed the orbit of Neptune as it’s on its way to exploring Pluto. Scientists expect the exploration to be full of surprises.

Space August 26, 2014

New Horizons crosses Neptune’s orbit exactly 25 yrs after Voyager 2

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft crossed Neptune's orbit today on August 25, the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2's crossing of Neptune in 1989.

Space August 25, 2014

NASA Voyager 2 footage restored to create best map of Neptune's moon Triton

The footage taken by NASA's Voyager 2 has been restored by a scientist to create a color map of Triton, which is Neptune's biggest moon. The recreated map has enhanced colors to highlight the contrasts and show similarities with Pluto.

Space August 25, 2014

Neptune moon Triton looks exquisite in latest NASA color map

Triton has been imaged like never before, from images taken 25 years ago by Voyager 2.

Space August 24, 2014

Neptune’s exotic moon Triton looks good in NASA’s best map yet

Restoration of 1989 flyby footage yields best look ever at Neptune's moon Triton. New images shows similarities to Pluto, a target for another NASA flyby in 2015.

Space August 22, 2014

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