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A new method to observe winds on planet Jupiter


A team of scientists managed to draw the first map of atmospheric circulation of the planet Jupiter with the Doppler method. Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is famous for its brownish-white storm bands and its large red spot. The wind bands race around the planet in an easterly and westerly direction and reach high speeds of up to 500 kilometers per hour. An international team of astronomers, including Patrick Gaulme, astronomer at the Thuringian State Observatory in Tautenburg, ...

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A nebula beating at the rhythm of its newborn star


An international team of astronomers lead by Prof. Roberto K. Saito of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brasil, reports the discovery of a unique object in our Galaxy. This object is located in the Scorpio constellation, close to the center of the Milky Way. It is observed as a peculiar combination of a variable star surrounded by a nebula that is also changing brightness. This discovery has been published on 2023 November 14 in The Astrophysical Journal ...

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Thuringian astronomers confirm an unusual extrasolar planet


Astronomers at the Thuringian State Observatory and the University of Turin have succeeded in extracting some of the secrets of an unusual extrasolar planet. The extrasolar planet GJ 367 b is exceptional because it appears to be entirely made of iron. It orbits its central star in just 7.7 hours. Researchers were not only able to determine the planet's density but also discovered two more planets around the star during their observations. This discovery adds another piece to the puzzle of ...

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