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A Warm South Pole? Yes, on Neptune!
An international team of astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope has discovered that the south pole of Neptune is much hotter than the rest of the planet. This is consistent with the fact that it is late southern summer and this region has been in sunlight for about 40 years. View News Article (2007-09-19)

Asteroid found in gravitational 'dead zone'
There are places in space where the gravitational tug between a planet and the Sun balance out, allowing other smaller bodies to remain stable. These places are called Lagrangian points. View News Article (2010-08-13)

Planet Neptune not guilty of harassment
New research by a University of Victoria PhD student is challenging popular theory about how part of our solar system formed. At today's meeting of the prestigious Division of Planetary Sciences in Pasadena, California, Alex Parker is presenting evidence that, contrary to popular belief, the planet Neptune can't have knocked a collection of planetoids known as the Cold Classical Kuiper Belt to... View News Article (2010-10-06)

Kiwi astronomers help find icy 'Super Earth' - Life in space discovery a step closer
By designing a variant of an astronomical technique proposed by Einstein, researchers from The University of Auckland and Massey University, together with astronomers from Auckland's Stardome Observatory, have found evidence for a new icy "Super Earth". View News Article (2006-03-15)

Three new 'Trojan' asteroids found sharing Neptune's orbit
Three new objects locked into roughly the same orbit as Neptune—called "Trojan" asteroids—have been found by researchers from the Carnegie Institution's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) and the Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii. View News Article (2006-06-16)

Galileo's notebooks may reveal secrets of new planet
Galileo knew he had discovered a new planet in 1613, 234 years before its official discovery date, according to a new theory by a University of Melbourne physicist. View News Article (2009-07-09)

Melting ice under pressure
The deep interior of Neptune, Uranus and Earth may contain some solid ice. Through first-principle molecular dynamics simulations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists, together with University of California, Davis collaborators, used a two-phase approach to determine the melting temperature of ice VII (a high-pressure phase of ice) in pressures ranging from 100,000 to 500,000... View News Article (2008-09-24)

New capture scenario explains origin of Neptune's oddball moon Triton
Neptune's large moon Triton may have abandoned an earlier partner to arrive in its unusual orbit around Neptune. View News Article (2006-05-11)

Giant planet ejected from the solar system
Just as an expert chess player sacrifices a piece to protect the queen, the solar system may have given up a giant planet and spared the Earth, according to an article recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. View News Article (2011-11-11)

Pounding particles to create Neptune's water in the lab
We know 'icy' Neptune is partially comprised of water molecules but until now we have had little means to test how water behaves in the extreme conditions that Neptune presents. View News Article (2010-07-22)

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