Solar System

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

The ESA Says It Just Discovered an Ancient 'Supervolcano' on Mars

Mars is home to the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, but the Red Planet may be tallying another supervolcano...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 13 April 2018 - 11:12AM

See a Tour of Jupiter's North Pole Cyclones From NASA's Juno Space Probe

The space probe Juno has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016 (after leaving Earth back in 2011), and it's mostly known for sending back...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 6:22PM

The Harsh Clouds of Venus Could Still Support Unique Kinds of Alien Life

Mars may be named after the Roman god of war, but Venus is a much more hostile planet, with high pressures and an average surface...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 31 March 2018 - 5:15PM

Astronomers Say Newfound Metal Planet as Dense as Mercury May Finally Reveal How Our Solar System Formed

Mercury is special among the planets in our solar system for a number of reasons (not least because Han Solo has been spotted frozen...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - 10:21AM

Astronomers Say Math Proves There's a Super-Earth-Sized Ninth Planet Hiding Beyond Pluto at the Edge of Our Solar System

No, it's not Pluto. Unfortunately for die-hard astronomy fans, Pluto is still languishing in its dwarf planet classification, and now...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 10:57AM

New 'Isotopic Evolution' Theory Finally Explains Why Planets Are All So Different in the Solar System

Ever wondered what makes the Earth so different than, say, Jupiter or Saturn?Why is our planet rocky and covered in water, when other...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 10:51AM

A Passing Star Shook Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago

Back in 2015, astronomers first learned that a nearby star came within 0.8 lightyears of our own solar system about 70,000 years...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 8:45PM

History of Mars Oceans Rewritten by Giant Volcanic Eruption Discovery

Mars has been at the center of attention for years now, but most people still don't know about Tharsis, a massive volcanic plateau...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 19 March 2018 - 1:09PM

Rose-Colored Jupiter Storm is More Dangerous Than It Looks

As NASA's Juno probe continues to circle around Jupiter, we continue to get amazing shots of the many storms on the gas giant's...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 2:17PM

Is The Milky Way a Zombie Galaxy? Some Scientists Say Yes

The Milky Way galaxy might be dead... It just hasn't stopped moving yet.

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 16 March 2018 - 11:06AM

Dwarf Planet Ceres is Still Evolving and Changing Its Surface

NASA has watched their Dawn spacecraft orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres for about three years, deciding to keep it there...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 8:18PM

Jupiter's Giant Red Spot Isn't Just Shrinking—It's Getting Taller and Turning Orange

Some things in our solar system never change. Saturn? It has those cool rings. Neptune? Has that cool blue color. Jupiter? Has a giant...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - 11:35AM

New Horizons Space Probe Will Visit the Extremely Distant 'Ultima Thule'

NASA's New Horizons space probe is currently flying through the farthest outskirts of our solar system, having recently left a close...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - 6:41PM

Jupiter's Storms Extend Deep Into the Planet's Insides

Ever since the Juno space probe arrived at Jupiter in 2016, we've been learning some absolutely fascinating things about the distant...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 - 6:32PM

Saturn And Its Rings Look Surreal in a New NASA Photo

While it's always cool to see a detailed photograph of planets like Saturn, sometimes our space probes are capable of more artsy...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 - 8:52PM