1. Space

    The Moon And Jupiter Are Going To Be Sky-Bros Tonight, You Should Probably Check It Out

    If you head outside once it gets dark tonight, you'll be able to see some serious cosmic beauty. The moon and Jupiter are going to look incredibly close together tonight, giving you a great view of both celestial bodies, and even a change to spot some of Jupiter's moons.

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  2. Science

    Science Says Jupiter Has the Best French Fries, Now We Want to Go to There

    French fry scientists (who probably also research other things, but come on) have been testing the best conditions for creating delicious fried potato sticks, and it turns out that Jupiter might just have the best fries in the solar system. Now we just need to recreate the cloud city of Bespin there and fulfill our french fry destiny.

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  3. Space

    NASA’s Juno Mission Tweets Mystery Space Squiggle

    NASA's Juno mission flung a satellite to Jupiter using the Earth's gravity and orbit, and all we got was this space squiggle. OK, we're actually going to get some really awesome pictures and information about Jupiter, but NASA is teasing that we'll have to wait until next week to find out what the deal is with this cryptic image.

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  4. Space

    NASA Slingshots Satellite Around Earth to Learn Stuff About Jupiter

    Most of NASA's employees have been deemed non-essential by the furlough, but that doesn't mean that the space agency is sitting around twiddling their thumbs in the meantime. In fact, they're still going forward with their Juno Mission today, during which they plan to send a spacecraft to Jupiter by swinging it around Earth to build up the necessary momentum.

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  5. Space

    Tonight At Sunset Pause Arrested Development And Look At Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury Together

    I get it. It's Memorial Day weekend. You have 15 episodes of Arrested Development to get through before returning to work, but tonight take a minute to look to the Western sky and see Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus huddled together. It's not something you get to see every day, and in fact it's pretty rare.

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  6. Space

    Today in Geek History: NASA’s Voyager 1 Nears Jupiter, Snaps Pics

    As a race, we can't leave well enough alone. We need to look and prod and just generally be voyeurs of the entire universe, and that's been all right, since aliens haven't called us on it yet. So back in 1977, we sent out a space probe -- not the first, not the last -- that you might remember called Voyager 1. Its mission was to get a good look at the outer reaches of the Solar System. And so it was that today, in 1979, Voyager 1 made its closest approach to mighty Jupiter and snapped some amazing photos. Thousands, in fact. So what did we learn about the Jovian gas giant that constitutes the fifth planet from the Sun?

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  7. Space

    Scientists Say Europa, Not Mars, Is Best Place To Search For Life

    Searching for life on Mars is all the rage right now. We've covered the Curiosity rover mission quite a bit here at Geekosystem, because NASA shot a robot at a planet, landed it safely on the surface, and now that robot is drilling and sending back data. That's amazing. As amazing at it is, though, some scientists think we should be using our resources to look for life in a more likely spot -- Jupiter's moon Europa.

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  8. Space

    A “Just Right” Asteroid Belt Could Be Key to Extraterrestrial Life

    The map for seeking out life elsewhere in the cosmos may have just gotten a new must-have accessory. A new study from NASA suggests that having an asteroid belt like our own solar system's could be a key ingredient in the development of extraterrestrial life.

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  9. Space

    Amazing Views of Venus and Jupiter Across the Sky

    As you may recall, Jupiter and Venus have been putting on quite the show together as they pace each other across the night sky. For those of you that haven't seen some of the more dramatic conjunctions of these planetary bodies, Patrick Cullis has put together this beautiful time lapse video. What's more, he's pointed his camera above Boulder, Colorado's beautiful Flatiron rock formations. It's an unforgettable view.

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  10. Space

    Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon Line Up Beautifully

    Over the past few weeks, you might have noticed two bright lights in the night sky that stuck close to each other night after night. These weren't stars, but rather the planets Jupiter and Venus traversing across our view. On Sunday, the two planets lined up with our moon in a spectacular conjunction made all the better by Rick Ellis' multiple exposures, tracking the progress of the triplet as they make their way across the sky.

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  11. Space

    Complete Geologic Map of Io Shows 425 Volcanoes But No Craters

    Our own moon is something of a dead, crater-ridden boulder careening around the Earth, doing little of interest in the meantime. Sure, it's got some interesting features and it probably has more than a few secrets left to be uncovered, but nothing is really going on up there. Jupiter's moons, on the other hand, tend to be a little more active. Io, for example, has a vast sulfur landscape and hundreds upon hundreds of active volcanoes. Now, for the first time, we have a full geologic map of the moon's surface, indexing all of its harsh alien glory, including 425 volcanoes and not a single crater.

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  12. Space

    Jupiter’s Central Core May be Liquifying and Dissolving, Jupiter May Have Been Bigger Once Upon a Time

    Recently, planetary scientists at University of California, Berkeley, Hugh Wilson and Burkhard Militzer, performed an experiment wherein they dipped the material that helps make up Jupiter's core, magnesium oxide, into a hydrogen-helium fluid, which is at the heart of the planet. It turns out the magnesium oxide actually has a high solubility, which means Jupiter's rock could very well be liquifying, shrinking over time, which in turn suggests that Jupiter was even bigger at one point in time than it is now.

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  13. Space

    Live Stream of the Juno Spacecraft Launch

    NASA is sending off the Juno spacecraft today on a mission to study the origin of Jupiter. From NASA:

    Juno is slated to blast off atop an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket at 11:34 a.m. EDT (1534 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of acceptable weather conditions for a Friday launch, NASA officials said, even though Tropical Storm Emily is making its way toward Florida's Space Coast.

    According to the countdown clock, the launch is happening a little earlier than projected, but never fear, you can watch a live stream of the launch right here.

    (via NASA)

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  14. Space

    NASA To Launch LEGO Figurines Into Space

    NASA will launch LEGO figurines into space, for science! Well, maybe not for science. Mostly just because people who work at NASA enjoy LEGOs. NASA will launch the Atlas V rocket this Friday, containing the space probe Juno. Juno is being sent to Jupiter, with three little LEGO stowaways. The probe will have three LEGO figurines attached to it in the likenesses of the Roman gods Juno and Jupiter (of course), and the Italian astronomer Galileo. The figurines are made from aluminum instead of the standard LEGO plastic, and cost approximately $5,000 each, which is being paid for by LEGO. The idea to put the figurines on the probe was conceived of by NASA scientists who are big LEGO fans, and approached the company about sending the figures into space. According to LEGO, putting the figurines on the probe is a way to promote children's interest in the STEM programs.

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  15. Space

    “Orphan Planets” Without Solar Systems May Be More Numerous Than Stars

    While we tend to think of planets as orbiting stars, as in our own solar system, according to a recent survey of the Milky Way galaxy, the findings of which were published in the latest issue of Nature [paywalled], the universe may be abundant with rogue planets that drift alone through space, with no central star. The astronomers behind the survey discovered ten so-called "orphan planets" roughly the size of Jupiter at the heart of the Milky Way. But what's more interesting than the planets they discovered are the implications of their discovery: As the planets were discovered within a relatively small swath of the galaxy, it's likely, based on their 'population density,' that free-floating planets outnumber the stars.

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