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Ideas on gas-giant planet formation take shape
Rocky planets such as Earth and Mars are born when small particles smash together to form larger, planet-sized clusters in a planet-forming disk, but researchers are less sure about how gas-giant planets such as Jupiter and Saturn form. View News Article (2006-03-23)

Science nugget: Lightning signature could help reveal the solar system's origins
Every second, lightning flashes some 50 times on Earth. Together these discharges coalesce and get stronger, creating electromagnetic waves circling around Earth, to create a beating pulse between the ground and the lower ionosphere, about 60 miles up in the atmosphere.  View News Article (2012-05-04)

Star blasts planet with X-rays
A nearby star is pummeling a companion planet with a barrage of X-rays a hundred thousand times more intense than the Earth receives from the Sun.  View News Article (2011-09-14)

Bright star reveals new exoplanet
By studying the star around which the planet revolves, they found that the star's rotation appears to be well-aligned with the planetary movement.  View News Article (2014-01-23)

Beagle 2 Information Note: The Beginning of Beagle 2's Lone Odyssey
Image Advisory: The Beginning of Beagle 2's Lone Odyssey Following the successful separation of the British-built Beagle 2 spacecraft and the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter earlier today, ESA has released the first images of the small lander as it begins its lone voyage to the surface of the Red Planet. The images, taken with the Visual Monitoring Camera on board Mars Express, show... View News Article (2003-12-19)

A blue ring around the planet Uranus
The outermost ring of the planet Uranus turns out to have a bright blue color, according to a report in the April 7 issue of the journal Science. View News Article (2006-04-07)

NASA Researcher Finds Planet-Sized Space Weather Explosions at Venus
Researchers recently discovered that a common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth's magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere, has much larger repercussions for Venus. The giant explosions, called hot flow anomalies, can be so large at Venus that they're bigger than the entire planet and they can happen multiple times a day. View News Article (2014-02-21)

Helium rain on Jupiter
When NASA's Galileo probe reached Jupiter in 1995 and began sending back data about the gas giant, astronomers were in for a surprise: Jupiter was unusually poor in helium and neon, the two lightest noble gases. View News Article (2010-03-23)

First habitable-zone super-Earth discovered in orbit around a Sun-like star
NASA's Kepler Mission has discovered the first super-Earth orbiting in the habitable zone of a star similar to the Sun. A team of researchers, including Carnegie's Alan Boss, has discovered what could be a large, rocky planet with a surface temperature of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit, comparable to a comfortable spring day on Earth. This landmark finding will be published in the Astrophysical... View News Article (2011-12-06)

Hazy red sunset on extrasolar planet
A team of astronomers have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to detect, for the first time, strong evidence of hazes in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a distant star. The discovery comes after extensive observations made recently with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). View News Article (2007-12-11)

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