Facts about Metis, moon of Jupiter
By: D. Vogt
Metis is Jupiter's closest moon, and is located within that planet's tenuous main ring. For this reason, it is still an object of some interest, even though its small size makes it otherwise quite unremarkable. Jupiter possesses 63 known moons, more than any other planet...
Facts about Triton, moon of Neptune
By: D. Vogt
Triton is Neptune's largest moon by size, and overall is the solar system's seventh-largest. Like Neptune, it is relatively poorly understood because of the lack of dedicated space probes to planets beyond Saturn, but it is believed to be a captured Kuiper Belt object. If...
Space tourism: Virgin Galactic to offer commercial space travel within 18 months
By: D. Vogt
In September 2010, Virgin Atlantic announced its intention to begin redeeming tickets on commercial space flights within the next 18 months - roughly, by some time in early 2012. Many passionate watchers of manned space travel have been waiting in excitement for years for commercial...
Facts about Thebe, moon of Jupiter
By: D. Vogt
Thebe is a small moon of the planet Jupiter, which was first discovered by Voyager 1 in 1979. One of Jupiter's relatively thin rings, known as the Thebe ring, consists of dust lost from the surface of this moon. It orbits just over 200,000...
Facts about Amalthea, moon of Jupiter
By: D. Vogt
Amalthea is one of Jupiter's inner moons, along with Thebe, Metis, and Adrastea. It was the first of the inner moons to be discovered, in 1892, and was named after a foster-mother of Zeus in Greek mythology. In the Roman pantheon, the name for Zeus...
Facts about Adrastea, moon of Jupiter
By: D. Vogt
Adrastea is one of Jupiter's small inner moons, similar in position and composition to Thebe and Metis. After its discovery in 1979, it was given the name of Zeus's foster mother in Greek mythology. In the Roman pantheon, the Greek god Zeus was known as...
Characteristics of the harvest moon
By: B.W. Harold
Aptly called “The Harvest Moon,” the first full moon nearest to the autumn equinox earned its name from farmers who would use the early moon rise for harvesting crops. During the course of the year, the moon will appear faster and faster. By...
Facts about Iapetus, moon of Saturn
By: D. Vogt
Iapetus is one of the moons of the planet Saturn. It is the third-largest in Saturn's moon system (of 62 moons, at last count), and is best known for the bizarre ridge which rings the moon along its equator. Saturn, with 62 moons, has far...
New planet Gliese 581g is first Earth-like planet discovered by astronomers
By: Leigh Goessl
Scientists and society alike have often dreamed of finding another habitable planet in the universe. Being the other planets in our solar system have, for the most part, been determined not to be habitable, astronomers have been exploring further out into space in an attempt...
Facts about Enceladus, moon of Saturn
By: D. Vogt
Enceladus is Saturn's sixth-largest moon. Its name is taken from one of the giant children of Gaia in Greek mythology, who was crippled in battle with Athena and buried beneath (and therefore caused) the Sicilian volcano Mt. Etna. All of Saturn's moons are named after...

 

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