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Design concept rendering for Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector, co-produced and presented by the Nevada Museum of Art.
Trevor Paglen and Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art in Reno is sponsoring a new global project that will send an art satellite into Earth’s orbit. It will be the first satellite sent to space for purely artistic purposes.

Astronomers Discover 100 New Planets

Jul 20, 2016
W. Stenzel - NASA

A team of astronomers has confirmed the existence of 100 planets outside of our solar system. The original discovery came via NASA’s K2 space telescope. From the Arizona Science Desk, Sara Hammond reports on this discovery made by the University of Arizona.

Isn't She Lovely? NASA Gets First Image From Jupiter

Jul 12, 2016
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A NASA spacecraft has sent back the first pictures since arriving at Jupiter.

An image released Tuesday shows Jupiter surrounded by three of its four largest moons. The picture was taken on Saturday when the Juno spacecraft was circling 3 million miles away. Even at that distance, Jupiter's Great Red Spot - a centuries-old atmospheric storm - was visible.

Juno entered orbit around Jupiter last week after a five-year journey. It's on a 20-month mission to map the giant planet's poles, atmosphere and interior.

New Planet Identified Within Trio Of Stars

Jul 7, 2016
ESO/L. Calçada

For the first time, a planet has been identified inside a triple-star system. The discovery was made by a University of Arizona graduate student, and from the Arizona Science Desk, Sara Hammond reports.

The orbit of such a planet influenced by a trio of stars would be expected to be unstable, likely resulting in the planet being ejected from the system. This planet, whose mass is four times that of Jupiter, has survived.