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simulation of magnetic fields on HAT-P 7b

COLORED LINES  In this simulation of HAT-P 7b’s magnetic field lines, strong lines are shown in blue and magenta. Weaker lines are green and yellow. These magnetic field lines influence winds on the distant world, making them blow both east and west, a new study says. The stronger the lines, the wilder the winds.

Jupiter

LOOKING UP  Data from NASA's Juno spacecraft are revealing new details of Jupiter, from the swirling cyclones at the planet's poles (south pole, shown) to its great white ovals, storms and stripes of gas.

TRAPPIST 1 system

FAR OUT TRAPPIST-1h (outermost magenta line) orbits its star in about 19 days, new observations show. The orbits of the system’s other six planets are shown in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

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