Solar System

A Mission To Mercury Seeking To Answer Fundamental Questions About Our Solar System's Smallest Planet

When you're watching an Earth-sized mass hurtle into a supermassive black hole a billion light-years away, it's easy to forget...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 19 October 2018 - 1:22PM

Wondering What To Call a Moon of a Larger Moon? It's Not That Simple

It's a scientist's job to ask the important questions and to try and find the answers, but it's the scientist's kid's job to ask the...

Andrew LaSane
Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 11:04AM

Saturn's Rings Are Raining Thousands Of Pounds Of Debris Down On The Planet In A Bizarre Phenomenon Called 'Ring Rain'

While astronomers are still trying to pin down the existence of Planet Nine lurking somewhere beyond our solar system, scientists...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 05 October 2018 - 1:24PM

Distant Ice World Nicknamed 'The Goblin' Gives More Evidence for Ninth Planet in our Solar System

Step by step, astronomers are growing tantalizingly close to finding the solar system's long-rumored 'Planet Nine' lurking somewhere...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 - 1:35PM

Scientists Spot Dust Storms on Titan, Saturn's Most Habitable Moon

Despite being a small moon orbiting ten times farther from the Sun than Earth, Titan is strikingly similar to Earth: it has a stable,...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 - 11:37AM

Japan Becomes First Country To Land On An Asteroid With Hayabusa2 Space Probe

The JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Hayabusa2 probe arrived at the asteroid Ryugu this past June, but it's been waiting for...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 21 September 2018 - 1:59PM

Scientists Discover Over a Dozen 'Ice Volcanoes' on the Solar System's Largest Asteroid

There's a lot of weird stuff floating around in space, including interstellar grease and at least one asteroid worth about $700...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - 12:30PM

NASA May Have Confirmed the Existence of Water on Jupiter

Water is the key for a lot more than just life in the cosmic scheme of things--as one of the most abundant solvents in the...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 30 August 2018 - 12:11PM

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Already Hitting Milestones On Journey to Touch the Sun

On August 12, NASA launched its Parker Solar Probe into space from Cape Canaveral with a little help from a United Launch Alliance...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 20 August 2018 - 12:55PM

New Horizons Probe May Have Spotted a Wall of Hydrogen at the Edge of the Solar System

Most people imagine space as a giant, empty void, but it turns out there's a lot more "stuff" floating around than we expected...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 13 August 2018 - 11:59AM

Chinese Scientists Have Insane Plan To Lasso Asteroids And Bring Them Back To Earth In Blankets

We thought launching convertibles into space with a David Bowie soundtrack was as crazy as it got.We were wrong.A team of...

Scarlett James
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 - 2:26PM

The Milky Way Had A Sister Galaxy, But The Andromeda Galaxy Ate It

If renderings showed just how brutal things actually are in space, museums would have to issue warnings for visitors under a certain...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 - 10:26AM

Dante's Cosmic Inferno: 9 Planets That Could Be Hell

In Dante's Inferno – the first part of The Divine Comedy – the poet describes Hell as a series of nine concentric circles,...

K.S. Anthony
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 - 8:57AM

Cassini Recorded Weird Sounds Flowing Between Saturn and Enceladus: the Moon Scientists Say Could Support Life

During its final orbits around Saturn, which culminated in a fiery, destructive Grand Finale, Cassini managed to pick up something...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 - 11:58AM

We Need Some Space – Why Our Planet Feels Warmer On The Aphelion When We Are Farthest Away From The Sun

Today marks Earth's aphelion, the point in its orbit when we are farthest from the Sun! If you want to be exact, aphelion occurred...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 06 July 2018 - 12:38PM

Literally Earth-Shattering: New Evidence From Cosmologists Shows A Violent Planetary Collision Completely Changed The Planet Uranus

Like the formation of Earth's Moon, Uranus' radical tilt has been a mystery for decades. The planet is so skewed that its equator sits...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 05 July 2018 - 1:07PM

Here's What You Need to Know About the New Evidence Pointing to Life On Saturn's Moon Enceladus

An international cohort of scientists analyzing data from mass spectrometers aboard NASA's Cassini space probe have discovered...

K.S. Anthony
Thursday, 28 June 2018 - 9:46AM

Breaking: Japan's Mining Probe Hayabusa2 Has Arrived at the Asteroid Ryugu

Today, June 27th, 2018, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 closed in on the asteroid Ryugu, where it will aim to collect samples,...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 - 12:42PM

Blood Moon: Here's How to See the Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century This July

If you're reading this you've probably seen a lunar eclipse before, but as amateur and professional astronomers know, it's not a "seen...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 25 June 2018 - 11:25AM

New Research Says Aliens Could Have Lived on Ancient Mars

New research into Mars' history may revolutionize our image of the Red Planet, including the ongoing investigation into whether it...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 - 12:12PM