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An infrared view of Uranus over two days in July 2004.

Uranus is hiding 13 invisible rings. These images captured their warm glow for the first time.

Astronomers measuring heat in Uranus' atmosphere stumbled upon its rings and measured their temperature for the first time: -320 degrees Fahrenheit.
An artist’s impression of a collision between a young Jupiter and a massive still-forming protoplanet in the early solar system.

Jupiter got hit by a planet with 10 times the mass of Earth billions of years ago, and its core is still reeling, a new study suggests

A head-on collision explains why Jupiter's core is so much more diffuse than scientists expected. Jupiter likely absorbed the smaller planet.
A new Hubble Space Telescope view of Jupiter, taken on June 27, 2019, reveals the giant planet's Great Red Spot.

A new NASA portrait of Jupiter reveals its disappearing Great Red Spot in unprecedented color

A Hubble image shows the bands of Jupiter's atmosphere in intense colors and highlights the planet's signature — though shrinking — storm.
Cosmic rays have the power to "bit flip," or turn a 1 in a computer's binary code into a 0.

Tech companies have been silently battling a bizarre phenomenon called ‘cosmic rays’ that would otherwise wreak havoc on our electronics

Cosmic rays have been suspected of affecting an election in Belgium, brakes on Toyota vehicles, and possibly even the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's battery.
An occultation of Saturn and the moon, as seen from South Africa on March 29, 2019, using a smartphone mounted to a telescope.

A photographer recorded Saturn ‘touching’ the moon with his smartphone, and the pictures are stunning

Grant Petersen of South Africa spent months preparing to photograph the conjunction of the moon and Saturn using a Galaxy S8 phone and a telescope.
An image composite of Pluto (right) and its moon Charon (left).

A ‘ridiculous’ yet simple animation by a NASA scientist shows how long it takes light to reach Pluto. If you plan to watch it, take a day ...

A scientist at NASA animated how long it takes light to travel from the sun to Pluto. The six-hour movie shows just how slow light-speed can be.
A picture of Neptune taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, showing a since-vanished dark storm.

The Hubble telescope has discovered a ‘dark vortex’ raging on Neptune that would swallow 20% of Earth’s surface

New pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope reveal a mysterious "dark tempest" storm raging on Neptune and a "giant" frigid cap on top of Uranus.
New Horizons took this detailed image of a space object called 2014 MU69 (or "Ultima Thule") at 12:26 a.m. EST on January 1, 2019.

Scientists just released the best photo yet of the most distant object ever visited by humanity

NASA's New Horizons probe flew past the space rock 2014 MU69, or Ultima Thule, on January 1 — but new photos are still downloading from deep space.
An illustration of Earth and the moon.

The speed of light is torturously slow, and these 3 simple animations by a scientist at NASA prove it

A scientist at NASA animated how long it takes light to travel around Earth, to the moon, and to Mars. The movies show just how slow light can be.

New videos of the farthest object humanity has ever explored show that it flips like a giant hourglass

NASA's New Horizons probe recently flew past a snowman-shaped space rock called 2014 MU69 (or Ultima Thule). New animations show its 16-hour rotation.