Solar System

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

New Mars Fossil Study Confirms the Ancient Red Planet Was 'Hospitable' to Alien Life

Earlier this month, we reported that acidic streams in a small region of Dorset, UK, could give astrobiologists a template for how to...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - 12:21PM

New Discovery in Pluto's Heart Suggests It Was Created From One Billion Comets

It's strange to think that our first close-up images of Pluto only came in 2015, a whopping 85 years after it was discovered. In fact,...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 24 May 2018 - 11:43AM

Scientists Say They Can Finally Explain Saturn's Weirdly Shaped Inner Moons

If you thought moons always look ours--white, cratered, and sphere-shaped--Saturn's inner moons prove otherwise: of its roughly 150...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - 12:33PM

Pan-STARRS Says It Just Found an Ancient Interstellar Asteroid Near Jupiter

Last year, the weird, needle-shaped interstellar asteroid Oumuamua zoomed through our solar system, marking the first time we've had a...

Super User
Monday, 21 May 2018 - 12:33PM

Humans May Not Be Able to Reproduce on Mars, Study Says

If you're planning on hitching a ride on a Falcon 9 and starting a new life on a Martian colony growing potatoes, we have some bad...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 21 May 2018 - 12:19PM

Scientists Say New 'Planet 9' Evidence May Solve the Greatest Mystery in Our Solar System

Despite several doomsday prophecies involving a hidden ninth planet in our solar system, astronomers (not doomsayers) may be the ones...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 11:19AM

Japanese Company ispace Says Its New 'Moon Valley' Ecosystem Could Save Earth

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, it was a dark, cold, inhospitable wasteland where one technical malfunction could mean...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 - 12:12PM

Scientists Say This New Mars Acid River Study May Finally Reveal Ancient Aliens

When space agencies look to simulate the Martian environment here on Earth, they turn to places like the Utah desert, or Death Valley....

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 - 11:40AM

NASA Says Jupiter's Moon Europa Is Shooting Liquid Water From Underground Oceans Into Space

Data from the NASA Galileo mission has confirmed the presence of liquid water on Jupiter's moon Europa.

Chris Mahon
Monday, 14 May 2018 - 12:29PM

Long Lost Asteroid is Rediscovered Just Before Making a Close Pass by Earth

Asteroid 2010 WC9 was first detected way back on November 30, 2010 by the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona, who ended...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 5:49PM

An Ancient, Lonely Asteroid Mysteriously Ended Up in the Outer Solar System

While there's plenty of asteroids on the edge of our solar system — there is an entire Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune, after all —...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 - 7:00PM

Our Sun Has Waves Just Like Earth: How an NYU Abu Dhabi Professor and Max Planck Astrophysicists Stumbled Upon This Discovery

A team of astrophysicists at the Max Planck Institute lead by a research professor from NYU Abu Dhabi have made the groundbreaking...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 - 12:33PM

Proof of Planet Nine in Medieval Manuscripts: An Astronomer and a Historian Team Up to Find the Truth in 1,000-Year-Old Data

Scientists and historians join forces to solve a modern mystery with ancient data.

Chris Mahon
Friday, 04 May 2018 - 11:21AM

Old NASA Data Finally Explains Jupiter's Magnetic Moon Ganymede

As exciting as brand-new discoveries are, some of the most amazing finds are discovered when scientists look back on data (or...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 - 11:34AM

The April 'Pink Moon' and Several Planets Will Be Visible in the Night Sky Tonight

The night sky always seems to be especially busy during the month of April. But if you missed the annual Lyrid meteor shower, there's...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 29 April 2018 - 4:51PM

NASA's NEOWISE Reveals the Enormous Amount of Asteroids Inside Our Solar System

In 2009, NASA launched their Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope (or WISE for short, because of course) with the simple...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 28 April 2018 - 5:16PM

Scientists Find Proof That Uranus is Full of a Horrible Rotten Egg Smell

Perhaps it shouldn't come as a big surprise, but scientists have long debated whether Uranus smells. Being rather far off in our...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 23 April 2018 - 6:57PM