Scientists Struggle To Explain These Bizarre Martian Plumes

Astronomers have been unable to explain the sudden but fleeting appearance of massive plumes high up in the Martian atmosphere. Rising to altitudes of over 155 miles (250 km), these hazy structures are forcing scientists to re-evaluate what they know about the Martian atmosphere. » 2/17/15 8:00am 2/17/15 8:00am

Ancient Mars May Have Been More Habitable Than We Thought

Data collected by the Curiosity Rover suggests Mars once featured a moderate climate capable of fostering lakes of liquid water and even a vast sea, and that this climate could have extended to many parts of the Red Planet. » 12/09/14 9:00am 12/09/14 9:00am

NASA Has Figured Out What Titan Smells Like

Good news, everyone! A recent lab experiment by NASA scientists has revealed the precise aromatic quality of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. And like a fine wine, it has a "strong aromatic character." » 6/16/14 1:40pm 6/16/14 1:40pm

Astronomers Map the Extreme Weather of a Distant Hot Jupiter

An emerging branch of science known as exometeorology is offering remarkable insights into the conditions found on some of the more extreme planets in the galaxy — including the weird and mind-boggingly massive weather patterns experienced on a hot Jupiter that's 385 light years from Earth. » 5/27/13 12:00pm 5/27/13 12:00pm

Cassini catches an awesome glimpse of Saturn’s north pole hurricane

This is our first close-up view of the massive hurricane swirling at the northern tip of Saturn, a storm that features winds travelling at a rate of 150 meters per second and an eye that’s 20 times larger than the average hurricane on Earth. » 4/30/13 8:20am 4/30/13 8:20am