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Juno spacecraft reaches Jupiter – In the news

John Kerr posted in on July 5th, 2016.

After five years travelling across the solar system, the NASA spacecraft Juno has begun its final descent into orbit around Jupiter to collect data. From a unique polar orbit, Juno will repeatedly dive between the planet and its intense belts of charged particle radiation, coming only about 5,000 kilometers from the cloud tops at closest […]

Kiwi ‘astrographs’ other solar system

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2011.

A New Zealander has captured the first amateur photograph of solar system other than our own, drawing international attention. Rolf Olsen, of Titirangi, captured the star Beta Pictoris, and the disk of debris and dust orbiting it, by taking a series of photos and subtracting differences in the images  using Photoshop. You can see the original image […]

TVNZ/Newstalk ZB: Solar System may be older than thought

Peter Griffin posted in on August 24th, 2010.

The journal Nature has reported that the solar system could be almost two million years older than previously thought, according to evidence found in a Moroccan desert. An excerpt: (read in full here) “A study published by the journal Nature Geoscience produces evidence which comes from a meteorite found in the Moroccan desert that contains […]

NZ Herald/AP: 32 more planets discovered

Peter Griffin posted in on October 21st, 2009.

European astronomers have found another 32 planets in solar systems outside ours, bringing the total number of exoplanets to more than 400. Exoplanets – or planets outside our solar system – intrigue scientists interested in studying whether life could have evolved other than on Earth. Finding earth-like planets is of particular interest. An excerpt: (read […]

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