Solar System

Cassini Ended Its 20-Year Mission Today by Crashing Into Saturn

R.I.P. Cassini, the hard-working space probe that's given us a far better understanding of Saturn and its moons.Following thirteen...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 15 September 2017 - 10:40AM

The Strongest Solar Flare in Over 10 Years Has Been Unleashed

On the morning of September 6th, the Sun unleashed two brief eruptions of radiation. The first burst was classified as an X-class...

Chelsea Gohd
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 12:22PM

Cassini Enters its Final Week Before its Fatal Plunge into Saturn

Cassini's final week is about to begin, with the the famous NASA probe ending its 20 year mission on Friday, September 15, by plunging...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 09 September 2017 - 4:58PM

William Shatner Beamed a Message to NASA's Voyager 1 for its 40th Anniversary

Like him or tolerate him, William Shatner is one of the biggest voices in science fiction culture. Playing Captain Kirk on the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 - 7:25PM

NASA's Venus Rover Concept Resembles a Clockwork Computer Tank

The problem with exploring the planet Venus is that the planet's environment is pretty horrific. Once upon a time, the planet was...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 28 August 2017 - 7:38PM

A Quadcopter Drone Could Soon be Exploring Saturn's Moon Titan

When we think of probes on the surfaces of alien worlds, our minds often conjure images of either the Mars Curiosity rover or that...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 26 August 2017 - 12:24PM

Scientists Create Diamond Rain to Research Neptune's Strange Weather

Some people get to have all the fun.Researchers at the SLAC Laboratory at Stanford have recently been attempting to recreate the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 21 August 2017 - 8:51PM

A Sensory App Can Help Blind People Enjoy the Solar Eclipse

Of all the planets in our solar system, Earth has the coolest eclipses. None of our neighboring planets have moons that are big enough...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 18 August 2017 - 7:51PM

Luxembourg Is Planning to Be the First Country to Adopt Asteroid Mining

Cosmic objects like asteroids aren’t just big rocks threatening the future of civilization in blockbuster sci-fi flicks (and,...

Chelsea Gohd
Monday, 31 July 2017 - 12:09PM

Watch the Storms of Jupiter Shot in Time-Lapse

You may know about Voyager 1's primary claim to fame as the farthest spacecraft from Earth (and the carrier of one of the fabulous...

Super User
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 5:00PM

Stephen Hawking: "I Am Convinced That Humans Need to Leave Earth."

Many scientists will wholeheartedly agree that climate change is the most pressing threat facing humans today. Legendary theoretical...

Chelsea Gohd
Thursday, 22 June 2017 - 11:59AM

The United Arab Emirates Announces Plans For a Human Colony on Mars by 2117

The Mars 2117 Project is the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) plan to have a functional human colony on Mars by the year 2117. This...

Chelsea Gohd
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - 3:04PM

The Cassini Space Probe Enters Its "Grand Finale" Around Saturn

The Cassini space probe has been on quite the journey through our Solar System--since its launch in 1997, it has endured 20 years of...

Chelsea Gohd
Friday, 12 May 2017 - 10:13AM

Pluto May Become a Planet Once Again With a New Proposal

We're all familiar with the "Pluto is a planet" controversy — classified as a planet in the 1930s, sadly demoted to a "dwarf...

Noelle Phansalkar
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - 7:29PM

NASA Video Simulates How Landing on Pluto Would Look

It may not be a planet anymore, but that doesn't mean Pluto is out of our reach. So when NASA asked, "What would it be like to...

Noelle Phansalkar
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 - 7:01PM

Scientist Says "Exotic" Life Could Exist in Pluto's Heart

Recent studies have indicated that there is likely a subsurface ocean underneath Pluto's Sputnik Planitia. But does that mean there...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 02 December 2016 - 5:05PM

Pluto's Heart May Hold an Icy Underground Ocean

Two new studies on Pluto were published on Wednesday, revealing a controversy about what lies beneath an icy impact basin in the...

Noelle Phansalkar
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - 12:13PM

How to Watch Next Monday's Huge Supermoon

Get hyped, astronomy and werewolf enthusiasts--the biggest supermoon since 1948 is coming next Monday, November 14th! It's the...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 - 2:06PM

Astronomers Discover Canyons and Rivers of Liquid Methane on Titan

Saturn's moon Titan has always been a mystery, especially because its dense atmosphere wouldn't allow astronomers to peek at its...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 - 3:15PM

Here's What Mars Would Look Like With Water

Mars is on everybody's minds, from Elon Musk's plan to make humanity a multiplanetary species to President Obama's announcement that...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 12:55PM