Wandering Stars And Cosmic Disasters By Judith E Braffman-Miller Comets are delicate and transient visitors from our Solar System’s frigid, dark twilight regions beyond the orbit of the outermost major planet, Neptune. These dazzling objects come screaming into the warm and well-lit inner Solar System, close to the brilliant fires and melting heat of our Sun, with their sparkling thrashing…
In our Solar System’s distant, dark, and mysterious kingdom of ice, there are two bewitching ice giant planets circling our Sun in secretive splendor.Read More
With its gossamer rings sparkling with a mesmerizing frozen sea of icy moonlets and twirling icy fragments and particles, the gas-giant Saturn is arguably the most beautiful planet in our Solar System.Read More
In the tragicomedy that characterizes human relationships, it has been said that the closer we get to someone, the weirder that person gets. Earth’s Moon is our planet’s closest neighbor in Space–mysterious, bewitching, bothersome, and bewildering, it has successfully hidden many of its secrets from the prying eyes of curious observers.Read More
Our Solar System’s Main Asteroid Belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, is the home of a swarming sea of dancing rocky worldlets, that are generally thought to be the relics of an ancient era when our Star and its family of orbiting objects were first forming.Read More
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been a swirling mystery for centuries–an enormous wildly whirling storm that has lingered in its planet’s sky for the past 150 years–or longer.
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Far from our Sun’s welcoming heat and brilliant light, there is a dark and distant domain inhabited by frigid, frozen bodies that are well-hidden from the prying eyes of curious observersRead More
Jupiter: The Banded, Big, And Precocious “King Of Planets” By Judith E Braffman-Miller Banded, big, and precocious, the gas-giant Jupiter is our Solar System’s resident planetary behemoth with a mass that is one-thousandth that of our Sun–and two and a half times that of all the other planets in our Solar System combined. Jupiter is like a star in composition,…Read More
The Icy Moon That Toppled Over By Judith E Braffman-Miller Saturn’s ocean-bearing, icy moon Enceladus is a small, bright world of mystery. For decades, planetary scientists did not know why Enceladus was the brightest world in our entire Solar System, or how it was linked to its parent planet’s E ring, but NASA’s highly successful Cassini mission to the ringed…Read More
There’s Something New In The Heavens Named “Synestia” By Judith E Braffman-Miller Scientific detectives now have something new to look for in the mysterious heavens–a doughnut shaped body composed of vaporized molten rock that has been named synestia by its discoverers. This new and strange beast inhabiting the celestial zoo is believed to form when planet-sized objects smash catastrophically into…Read More