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The magical Solar System discoveries we made in 2015

The magical Solar System discoveries we made in 2015

It has been a busy year for Solar System exploration – and particularly our galactic neighbourhood’s small icy bodies. Comets, asteroids, Kuiper Belt Objects and planetary satellites have all been in the news – from stunning images of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko at the start of the year, to the recent close-up of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, […] … learn more→

Destination: Ganymede

OxSciBlog: What makes Ganymede so interesting? Leigh Fletcher: When people think of moons in our solar system, they often imagine them as being inferior to the main planets, and somehow less interesting. The moons of Jupiter show how wrong that misguided assumption can be – the four largest Jovian moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto) […] … learn more→

Planets circling around twin suns

In the last two decades, the study of extrasolar planets — those that lie outside our own solar system — has become one of the most important fields of astrophysics. Now a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) team that includes Prof. Tsevi Mazeh of Tel Aviv University\’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the […] … learn more→