Solar System

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

Fossilized Space Dust Can Teach Us About the Solar System's Formation

There's no denying that fossils are pretty cool. From the humble swirly ammonite to the towering T-Rex, there's plenty to get excited...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 18 September 2017 - 8:32PM

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