Jupiter’s Jet Stream

Jupiter is the largest and most massive planet in our solar system. You might not think of it as a place to learn about Earth’s atmosphere and weather, but Jupiter, like our home planet, has cyclones (the Jovian equivalent of hurricanes) and anticyclones, along with fast-moving jet streams that circle its globe. Revealed in this […]

Patches of Snow on Mars

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) acquired this image of Martian dunes almost free of their seasonal ice cover in the early summer. Only pockets of ice protected in the shade most of the day remain. The North Pole of Mars is surrounded by a vast sea of sand dunes. In this dune field, the dunes are covered by a […]

Pluto – Overview

Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld and is on average, more than 3.6 billion miles away from the sun. Pluto is in a region called the Kuiper Belt which contains thousands of small, icy objects like itself. Pluto was discovered in 1930 by an American amateur astronomer, Clay Tombaugh. He predicted a planet beyond Neptune, based […]

Mercury – Overview

Named after the Roman messenger God, Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and the smallest planet in our solar system. Mercury is a rocky planet, also known as a terrestrial planet. Mercury’s surface resembles that of Earth’s moon as it’s covered with impact craters from meteor strikes. Because of its closeness to the […]

The Moon – Overview

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. Scientists believe the Moon was created 4.5 billion years ago when a large object hit the Earth and blasted out rocks that came together to orbit around the Earth.  They eventually melted together, cooled down and became the Moon. The Moon has a diameter of […]

Saturn – Overview

Named after the Roman god of agriculture, Saturn is the second largest planet and the sixth in distance from the Sun. It’s also the furthest planet visible with the naked eye and has been known since prehistoric times. Galileo was the first person to observe Saturn through a telescope in 1610. He reported seeing odd appendages on either side of […]

New NOAA weather satellite suffers critical malfunction

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new GOES-17 weather satellite that launched almost two months ago has a cooling problem that could endanger the majority of the satellite’s value. “This is a serious problem,” said Steve Volz, assistant administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s satellite and information service. “This is the premier Earth-pointing […]