Solar System

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

Venus' Atmosphere is So Extreme That It Can Alter the Length of the Planet's Day

When discussing space travel, there's a reason we typically focus on Mars and less so on Venus — the second planet in our solar...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 - 6:08PM

An Ocean of Water May Be Hiding on the Moon—And This New Discovery Could Finally Prove It

Scientists have been arguing for decades over whether Mars has (or ever had) liquid water, but the discovery of several lunar...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 - 11:32AM

This Tech Expert Says NASA's Asteroid Data Is Flawed—Now Scientists Are Backing Him Up

NASA is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to scientific research: Between the Hubble and Chandra telescopes, the multiple...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 1:14PM

We Just Found New Evidence of Organic Alien Life on the Planet Ceres

The 2015 Dawn mission to explore the dwarf planet Ceres may not have turned up evidence of life, but it did find the next best thing:...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 12:35PM

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Will Stay at Jupiter For Three More Years Following New Discoveries

The Juno probe has been orbiting around Jupiter since 2016, and has allowed us to see the gas giant from a whole lot of new angles...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 09 June 2018 - 12:50PM

How Humans Caused Climate Change On The Moon... And Why We Can't Stop It

When the Apollo 15 and 17 astronauts landed on the Moon, they discovered something very weird that kicked off a mystery that's lasted...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 08 June 2018 - 11:51AM

Jupiter's Unusual Lightning Storms Look Very Much Like Earth's Lightning Storms

Despite its enormous size and gaseous composition being completely alien to Earth, at least Jupiter's lightning strikes look familiar...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 - 6:25PM

NASA's New Horizons Probe Wakes Up From Hibernation to Start Its Next Mission Beyond Pluto

About 3.7 billion miles (6 billion kilometers) away, close to the outer edges of our solar system, a quiet space probe has just...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 - 6:11PM

New Dwarf Planet Research Says the Enigmatic 'Planet 9' May Not Exist After All

Evidence has been piling up for the existence of a ninth planet in our solar system, but no one has directly observed this supposedly...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 - 11:43AM

NASA Announces a New Mission to Study the Edges of our Solar System in 2024

For non-astronomers, it's easy to imagine that the edge of the solar system is simply the point where nothing is orbiting around the...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 03 June 2018 - 3:05PM

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Begins Its Final Approach to the Dwarf Planet Ceres

The Dawn spacecraft first made a pass around the dwarf planet Ceres in 2015, and its findings were fascinating enough that NASA...

Jonathan Kesh
Friday, 01 June 2018 - 7:22PM

The Surface of Pluto Contains Methane Dunes Which Look A Lot Like Earth's Geography

Dunes on another planet may not seem like an especially important find, but they actually only appear under specific conditions. "Lots...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 31 May 2018 - 6:28PM