Science Behind the News: Impacts on Jupiter

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The impact of comets on the surface of Jupiter are a fairly common experience. At the University of Central Florida, astronomers Joseph Harrington and Csaba Palotai are leading a project that studies precisely how these impacts happen, and also provides valuable information about what might happen if such a comet struck Earth. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

Provided by the National Science Foundation & NBC Learn

Harmonic Cloud Patterns on Jupiter

submitted by: RayTomes

Regularly spaced clouds appear in Jupiter's belts, sometimes white spots and sometimes swirling waves. A polar projection of Jupiter, made by NASA from the 2000 flyby, allows accurate testing of the hypothesis that these waves form as predicted by the Harmonics Theory. It is found that expected strong harmonics 12, 24 and 72 are present.

The Outer Planets

submitted by: scivee-team

Professors Gary Flandro and Bruce Murray discuss turning a journey to the outer planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune a possibility.Plotting a trip to the outer planets.

Life Beyond Earth

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A look at the search for life beyond Planet Earth, the methods used, and the results from those missions.Is there life out there? A look at our search for life beyond Planet Earth.

Strange Science: Alien Weather

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A simulation of what alien weather on neighboring planets would be like if they were on Earth.Imagine what Earth would be like if we had to endure storms like those on neighboring planets

Space Week: Space Station and Beyond, Part 2

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An overview of the advantages of explorations of the planet Mars, and the commitment it entails.A Mars mission will be an expensive, long-term endeavor, but it's a dream that inspires the next generation of space explorers.