These videos of a space probe flying past the sun are truly out of this world

A spacecraft looping around the Sun made its first close approach – and captured the encounter in glorious detail. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) solar orbiter entered the close encounter, known as perihelion, on March 26, at a distance of about 48 million kilometers (30 million miles), at the inside the orbit of Mercury. At …

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Study of over 800 planet-forming disks reveals startling planetary evolution

Is our solar system comparable to other solar systems? What are the other systems like? We know from studies of exoplanets that many other systems have hot Jupiters, massive gas giants that orbit extremely close to their stars. Is this normal, and our solar system is the outlier? One way to address these questions is …

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