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NASA’s Spitzer Maps Climate Patterns on a Super-Earth
Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have led to the first temperature map of a super-Earth planet -- a rocky planet nearly two times as big as ours. The map reveals extreme temperature swings from one side of the planet to the other, and hints that a possible reason for this is the presence of lava flows.

Flowing Lava on Distant Planet
Astronomers have new data suggesting that planet 55 Cancri e (which orbits a star 40 light years away from our solar system), may have flowing lava circulating the heat across its surface.

Planetary Exploration in Science Education
Educators can engage students of all ages in planetary exploration, connecting them to current research and the reasons for exploring. In this edition of Universe in the Classroom, learn about the variety of ways planetary scientists explore the solar system, and how to actively engage learners in modeling the differences in data quality depending on the technology used to explore.

Hottest Heaviest Double Star Nearing Catastrophe
Astronomers say these two giant stars that are touching may merge to form a single giant star or form a double black hole.