Solar System

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

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