Solar System

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Achieves Orbit Around Ceres

After a seven-year journey, NASA has confirmed that Dawn has successfully achieved orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. The spacecraft...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 06 March 2015 - 10:39AM

Cold-Resistant Compound May Be Key to Life in Titan's Methane Lakes

Liquid water has long been the holy grail in the search for extraterrestrial life, but recently, more and more astrobiologists are...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 - 11:22AM

What Earth's Sunset Would Look Like If We Orbited Other Stars

The sunset is one of the most familiar, and yet one of the most spectacular, sights on Earth. But what would it look like if we...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 - 3:56AM

NASA's New Horizons Sends First Pictures of Pluto's Small Moons

Today is the 85th anniversary of our discovery of the icy dwarf planet Pluto, and to celebrate, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 4:22PM

Alien Star Narrowly Missed Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago

The closest star to our solar system, Proxima Centauri, is 4.24 light years from our Sun. Scientists have just discovered that 70,000...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 2:32PM

Mars One Narrows Down to 100 Hopefuls - Meet Some of the Fascinating Finalists

Mars One has narrowed down the shortlist to 100 hopefuls for their planned one-way trip to Mars. Twenty-four of these applicants will...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 1:24PM

'Mirage Planets' May Convince Us They're Habitable Long After Their Oceans Have Burned Away

In the search for extraterrestrial life, liquid water is essentially the holy grail. Life can be found on Earth almost everywhere that...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 2:25PM

Astronomers Capture Birth of Tatooine-Like Solar System for the First Time

Astronomers have captured close-up images of the birth of a multiple-star solar system for the first time. Although its creation is...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 - 4:12PM

Watch: Video Takes You Through Our Solar System at the Speed of Light

We usually use the phrase "speed of light" as a euphemism for "really really fast," but when you're talking about our vast solar...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 - 2:44PM

Short Film 'Wanderers' Beautifully Imagines the Future of Space Travel

The short film "Wanderers" from Swedish filmmaker Erik Wernquist is essentially Interstellar without all that pesky love stuff. Like...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 - 2:53PM

UK Will Build an Intergalactic GPS System to Map the Milky Way

Scientists from the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) have received the green light to start work on a high-powered...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:04AM

Magic Island Found on Saturn's Moon

With the summer solstice approaching on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, researchers are able to see more features of the landscape,...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 23 June 2014 - 10:26AM

Pluto Invites Its Moon to Snuggle Together in Cozy Shared Atmosphere

It looks as though Earth's distant neighbor, Pluto, will soon be the first known planet to fuse it's thin protective atmosphere with...

Friday, 06 June 2014 - 3:47PM

Where My Probes At? Infographic Maps The Solar System's Active Space Probes

Ever since Sputnik launched into space in 1957, human space exploration has gradually stretched its fingers out across an increasingly...

Kieran Dickson
Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 4:15PM

Lose Yourself In This Stunning Interactive Solar System

Solar System Scope is a brilliant (and free) interactive solar system that will keep you busy for hours.....which is exactly what you...

Kieran Dickson
Friday, 10 January 2014 - 10:46AM

Putting Our Solar System Into Perspective

A new artists impression which maps out our solar system has put into perspective just how far NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has...

Kieran Dickson
Friday, 13 September 2013 - 11:58AM

Artist Imagines New York City Across Our Solar System

What would New York City look like if you dropped it onto another planet? You wouldn't expect the answer to this question to come from...

Kieran Dickson
Monday, 20 May 2013 - 10:11AM

2 Massive Solar Flares Witnessed In 24 Hours

Our sun has fired off the 2 strongest solar flares of the year so far, with the 2 massive eruptions occurring within 24 hours of each...

Kieran Dickson
Monday, 13 May 2013 - 5:00PM

Over 78,000 People Want To Die On Mars!

Mars One, the ambitious program to colonize Mars by 2023 has received a staggering 78,000 applicants in the first 2 weeks of a 19 week...

Kieran Dickson
Friday, 10 May 2013 - 2:40PM