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An Earth-Like Exoplanet Orbits Our Nearest Neighbor

The red dwarf star Proxima Centauri is home to a newly discovered exoplanet, which may look a lot like Earth.This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on August 24, 2016. It is a Nature Video production. 

August 24, 2016 — Nature Video

The Earth Next Door

Astronomers find an exoplanet that could be habitable—and it’s as close to us as it could possibly be

August 24, 2016 — Lee Billings

Jupiter's Red Spot Is Red Hot

What Jupiter’s spot is not, is tranquil. New infrared images taken by Boston University scientists on a NASA telescope in Hawaii show that whereas Jupiter’s north and south poles are heated by strong magnetic fields, its large, stormy red spot generates its own heat by a different mechanism. Shock waves from turbulent winds in the spot and other storms help explain how the planet's upper atmosphere stays warm so far from the sun.Produced with support from Explore Scientific

August 9, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

To Bennu and Back

The OSIRIS-REx probe's journey to the asteroid Bennu will answer questions about our deepest past and possible futures

August 1, 2016 — Dante S. Lauretta