For several years, scientists have believed that the Solar System formerly had five, not four gassy giants. They wondered how the fifth planet was tossed out. New research explains how it likely happened.
University of Gothenburg researchers recently found a double crater in Sweden that suggests a unique twin meteorite event occurred 458 million years ago. This is the first proven occurrence of such an event.
The largest of planets may have formed very differently from what we've thought all along.
A new planet has been detected by the Gemini Planet Imager, and it is like a younger form of Jupiter, researchers say.
Jupiter's moon Europa has in recent years given scientists hope that it harbors conditions suitable for life, so in a bid to explore this possibility further, on Tuesday, NASA chose nine high-tech instruments for a mission to search for life on this mysterious icy world.
Like Miley Cyrus herself, millions of years ago a wandering Jupiter came in like a wrecking ball, destroying a first generation of inner planets and helping to create the unusual solar system we find ourselves in today.
Believe it or not, astronomers are abuzz about another sea that may be a home for life, and it's not on Saturn's Titan or Enceladus, or Jupiter's icy satellite Europa. New observations have found that Europa's neighbor, Ganymede, which happens to be the largest moon in our solar system, may play host to a massive habitable ocean - one hiding just beneath its rugged surface.
Growing up with two parents is hard enough, but four? Researchers discovered a massive exoplanet that was raised by four parent stars, shedding light on these types of complicated and largely unstudied solar systems.
Astronomers have recently discovered that an enormous ring system surrounding a planet simply known as J1407b are not super thin and spread out, but just as thick as other known and impressive rings. They are also hundreds of times larger. Eat your heart out Saturn.
Jupiter's three largest moons - lo, Europa and Callisto - cast a rare triple shadow Friday night on their giant host planet, a rare celestial event that won't occur again until 2032.
The moons of our solar system always seem to boast more amazing phenomena than they initially let on, revealing more mysteries and wonders even as we gain a semblance of understanding. With this in mind, astronomers would be hard-pressed to overestimate the wonders of a moon. However, that seems to be exactly what they have done concerning Europa, one of Jupiter's many moons.
The iconic Great Red Spot of Jupiter is arguably the most recognizable characteristic of our solar system's largest planet. However, the mystery of what this massive blush really is remains unsolved. Now, researchers believe they have finally determined the nature of this spot and the process behind it, arguing that it's not really like a blush, but more like gas giant sunburn.
Scientists have found evidence of icy plate tectonics on Jupiter's moon Europa, suggesting that this far-away celestial body could support life, according to new research.
Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot - the most powerful storm in the solar system - has shrunken to its smallest observed size ever, and scientists struggle to figure out why.