Weather Channel Reporter Won't Stop Mispronouncing This Moon's Name

Earlier this week, The Weather Channel's Matt Sampson hosted an interesting little news segment about violent volcanic activity recently detected on Jupiter's moon Io. But Sampson didn't call the planet by its name, which is pronounced "eye-oh." Instead, he – well, we don't want to spoil it. [Warning: Video Autoplays] » 8/10/14 4:30pm 8/10/14 4:30pm

Alien life in our solar system, according to pulp-art legend Frank R.…

Almost fifty years after his death, Frank R. Paul remains one of the biggest names in science fiction art and pulp magazine illustration. These visions of life on moons and planets throughout our solar system (recently posted to reddit with no attribution to Paul, his work, or his impact) provide us with another… » 4/08/13 3:20pm 4/08/13 3:20pm

How Someone Measured the Speed of Light by Accident

At a time when many thought the Speed of Light was infinite, a few brave souls tried to come up with a definite number for it. Most of them failed. There was one guy, however, who wasn't even trying, but came up with a great way to guess. Take a look at how he took his measurement, and what it has to do with the moons… » 12/13/12 4:00pm 12/13/12 4:00pm

Experience one (spectacular) day in orbit around Jupiter

Io keeps the same face toward Jupiter as it orbits the planet. For this reason, Jupiter appears to hang motionless in Io's sky. Just as the Earth's Moon does, Jupiter goes through phases as Io orbits it. Here's a gallery showing the view from a location in the northern hemisphere during the course of a single day.… » 5/14/12 3:29pm 5/14/12 3:29pm

The weirdest moons in the solar system, and what it would look like to…

It would sometimes seem as though there are two solar systems: One including planets, and another including moons. Until recently, most books about the solar system focused on the planets, stopping only to acknowledge the existence of their satellites with a kind of half-embarrassed nod. They would be discussed as a… » 11/10/11 8:00am 11/10/11 8:00am

Jupiter's Explosive Moon Io Built Its Atmosphere Out of Frozen Volcano…

At last, a decades-old mystery has been solved about the atmosphere on Jupiter's volcano-riffic moon Io. This moon, whose super-lavalicious geological situation has earned it the titles "pizza face" and "most volcanically active body in the solar system," is special to the heart of io9 because we love fire. Turns out… » 10/15/07 6:16pm 10/15/07 6:16pm