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Jun 25, 2015 05:47 PM ET // Irene Klotz
A planet about the size of Neptune but situated 33 times closer to its parent star than Earth orbits the sun is losing its atmosphere, forming a fat, comet-like tail in the process.
Jun 25, 2015 06:50 AM ET // Larry O'Hanlon
Magnesium and iron measurements suggest the hourly meteor rate overhead on Mars must have been tens of thousands of shooting stars per hour for hours.
Jun 15, 2015 07:03 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Many thunderstorms in Saturn's atmosphere could be driving the gas giant's vast polar cyclones, according to new simulations inspired by observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
May 13, 2015 08:06 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
By tracking the phases of six exoplanets, astronomers have tracked their daily weather cycles for the first time.
May 11, 2015 07:04 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
No, this isn't humanity's attempt at laser-etching Saturn's cloudy atmosphere with interplanetary graffiti, this is the stunning view at the bottom of a brand new adaptive optics system intended to superboost the clarity of deep space.
May 5, 2015 10:20 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
Observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have revealed wild atmospheric changes on a well studied exoplanet -- changes that could be driven by extreme volcanic activity.
Mar 18, 2015 02:25 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Scientists using NASA’s Mars-orbiting MAVEN spacecraft discovered a mysterious cloud of dust hundreds of miles above the planet’s surface -- and no explanation for how it got there.
Feb 16, 2015 11:00 AM ET // Irene Klotz
Amateur astronomers gazing at Mars discovered gigantic plumes soaring more than 125 miles above the planet’s surface, a phenomenon that so far defies explanation.
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