Solar System

Cassini Reveals That Saturn's Rings Mess With the Planet's Weather

Good old Cassini - the probe that just keeps giving us new information, even after its fiery death.While Cassini may have now burned...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 11 December 2017 - 7:28PM

Why There's a 'High Chance' We'll Find Alien Life in Our Solar System

Thirty years ago, President Reagan stood before the United Nations and gave a speech that included the line "I occasionally think how...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 04 December 2017 - 10:08AM

China Just Discovered an Entirely New Form of Matter by Accident

By now it's pretty safe to say that there's a lot we don't understand about the universe.Sometimes, a scientific attempt to uncover...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 01 December 2017 - 11:38AM

The Big Bang Never Happened, New Research Suggests

It might be the most accepted theory of the beginning of the universe, but new research suggests the Big Bang may have never...

Ian S.
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 - 11:52AM

Our First Asteroid From Another Solar System Is Shaped Like a Giant Cigar

Years ago, before the era of high definition camera smartphones and when The X-Files ruled television, amateur alien-hunters...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 20 November 2017 - 8:27PM

Why Asteroid Mining Is the Future of Space Exploration

The secret to the future of space exploration may be hiding in a Michael Bay movie.There's something wonderfully romantic...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 20 November 2017 - 11:50AM

Pluto's Extra Cold Temperatures Are Caused by Its Hazy Skies

Pluto is far colder than it should be. Sure, it's really far away from the Sun, but based on its distance from its primary source of...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 17 November 2017 - 8:45PM

Russian Company Wants to Explore Saturn's Moon Enceladus for Life Signs

As corporate space travel begins to get more and more complicated, many companies are looking to find ways to make their mark in the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 13 November 2017 - 7:50PM

Our Solar System's First Interstellar Asteroid is Named 'Oumuamua'

Last month, an asteroid flying around with enormous speed and a distorted orbit became one of the most fascinating things in our solar...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 - 8:51PM

Jupiter Was Once a Sauna Planet With Vast Oceans—What Happened?

We all know Jupiter as the biggest, brightest, gassiest planet in the solar system, but the planetary giant wasn't always as it...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 03 November 2017 - 10:46AM

Listen to the Spooky Sounds of Space Thanks to NASA

The truth is out there — and it's terrifying.'Tis the season for horror movie themes and "Monster Mash," but NASA's just released...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 30 October 2017 - 10:49AM

A New Asteroid Could Be Our Solar System's First Interstellar Visitor

The asteroid (or possibly comet) A/2017 U1 doesn't have a fancy name, and it isn't very big, just a quarter-mile across. But it's...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 28 October 2017 - 6:02PM

NASA Extends the Dawn Spacecraft's Mission at Ceres Indefinitely

As the largest object in the wide asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, the dwarf planet Ceres has been a point of interest for NASA...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 3:53PM

Uranus Will Be Visible With the Naked Eye Tonight

There's nothing funny about going outside tonight to look at Uranus.Amateur stargazing is always hit-and-miss. Cloud cover, light...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 10:25AM

Cassini Just Solved the Mystery of What Saturn's Rings Are Made Of

Space probe Cassini continues to teach us new secrets even from beyond the grave. The spacecraft may have met its fiery end in the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - 10:45AM

This Photo May Finally Reveal How Planets Are Formed

As much as we may have learned over the past few thousand years of studying the stars, there's still a lot we don't know.One big...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 16 October 2017 - 10:50AM

NASA Suspects a Ninth Planet Could Be in Our Solar System's Outer Edges

Starting last year, it's been suggested by some astronomers that a large, undiscovered planet could be orbiting at the far end...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 14 October 2017 - 2:04PM

Saturn's Moon Titan Has Crazier Methane Rainstorms Than Previously Thought

Titan is seen by many members of the stargazing community as a kind of Promised Land; a distant location that may be the first place...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 13 October 2017 - 7:40PM

A House-Sized Asteroid Narrowly Passed By the Earth

Good news, everyone: human civilization wasn't destroyed by a giant asteroid yesterday.You may think that this is obviously a given,...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 7:09PM

Rings Discovered on a Strange Dwarf Planet in Our Solar System

If it were possible for a planet to be inherently cute, then Haumea would fit the bill.Discovered in 2004, this tiny dwarf planet is...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - 8:48PM