Astronomy

Evolution, Composition, and Structure of Comets

October 18, 2020

Studies on the composition, evolution, and structure of comets provide very useful insights about those areas of our solar system that are hard to visit. Thus, there have been many missions from various space agencies to learn more about the comets. […]

Astronomy

Comets: What Are They?

October 18, 2020

Comets are combinations of ice and dust that come from the outer solar system. They are particularly important to planetary scientists as they provide information about places that are hard to visit. […]

Blue Neptune is shining in the dark back ground of space.
Astronomy

The Moons of Neptune

October 5, 2020

Triton is the largest moon of Neptune. It was captured rather than formed from an accretion disk of the planet. How did the capturing of Triton impact the Neptunian system, its other moons, and the Triton itself?
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Voyager 2 passing by the Milky Way galaxy.
Astronomy

Neptune: A Ceaseless Discovery

October 5, 2020

The discovery of Neptune was no easy task. But far more difficult than the Neptune’s discovery was finding other details regarding this nearly invisible planet. […]

The Neptune flyby mission of voyager 2 captured in an illustration.
Astronomy

Neptune: A Planet Full of Surprises

October 5, 2020

The Voyager 2 flyby of Neptune discovered that even similar planets can have drastically different phenomena. For instance, in comparison to the relatively calm atmosphere of Uranus, Neptune has some of the fastest winds in our solar system. […]

A sliver of Uranus is visible on the left edge of the frame, and in the center of the frame are the six largest moons of Uranus, starting with Puck on the extreme left, followed by Miranda, then Ariel, next Umbriel, the fifth is Titania, and finally on the extreme right is Oberon.
Astronomy

The Moons and Rings of Uranus

September 30, 2020

The Voyager 2 flyby was the only mission ever sent to Uranus. And it only spent minutes close to the planet, collecting data to reveal much of what we know about the workings of this sideways planet and its equally tilted system of moons and rings. […]

A view of planet Saturn as seen from one of its moons.
Astronomy

Small Saturnian Moons Orbiting Close to the Planet

September 17, 2020

Saturn has at least 62 moons, and even though the second-largest moon in the solar system belongs to Saturn, the rest of them are quite small. These small Saturnian moons each have a unique world, ranging from the “Death Star” to a potential place to host life. […]

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