Europa Clipper: Nasa's ocean world mission gets launch date

A mission to study a moon that could be home to extra-terrestrial life has been given a launch date.

Feb. 11, 2021 ~3 min

Astronomers discover first cloudless, Jupiter-like planet

The first Jupiter-like planet without clouds has been detected by astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. Unlike our Jupiter, which takes nearly 12 years to orbit the sun, WASP-62b completes a rotation in just four-and-a-half days.

Nadia Whitehead • harvard
Jan. 22, 2021 ~3 min

Space images: The best of 2020

There was stunning cosmic imagery to feast on over the past year - here's our pick of the offerings.

Dec. 29, 2020 ~6 min

What you need to know about this year's winter solstice and the great conjunction

This year's winter solstice is also when Saturn and Jupiter appear closest to each other for 60 years, Here's what you need to know about both the events.

William Teets, Acting Director and Astronomer, Dyer Observatory, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Dec. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Christmas star: Planets set to align in the night sky

Jupiter and Saturn - the Solar System's largest planets - are set to cross paths in the night sky.

Dec. 18, 2020 ~3 min

New model could explain icy blast from Jupiter’s moon

A new model could reveal the origins of a hypothesized cryovolcanic eruption on Jupiter's moon Europa and other icy bodies in the solar system.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Volcanoes feed the atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io

The atmosphere on Jupiter's moon Io is a witches' brew made from the sulfurous burps of more than 400 volcanoes. Now scientists know how it got that way.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~11 min

The four most promising worlds for alien life in the solar system

The clouds of Venus may harbour alien life. But where else?

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Jupiter’s moons may keep each other toasty

Jupiter's moons are pretty hot, at least hotter than they should be, given how far away they are from the sun. A new study explains why that may be.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Scientists obtain 'lucky' image of Jupiter

The Hawaii-based Gemini telescope produces a super-sharp picture of the gas giant in the infrared.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 8, 2020 ~2 min