Solar System

SETI Astronomers Accidentally Discover Tiny New Moon Orbiting Neptune

Astronomers at the SETI Institute have discovered a previously unnoticed, city-sized moon orbiting Neptune, thanks to the Hubble...

Super User
Thursday, 21 February 2019 - 11:21AM

Scientists Say Life Possible Because of a Big Bang: a Planet Colliding With Earth

Scientists at Rice University are claiming that the essential elements – including nitrogen and carbon – that make life on Earth...

K.S. Anthony
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 - 3:31PM

Scientists Discover Evidence of Summer Rain and Changing Seasons On Titan

Saturn's moon Titan has been heralded as a possible home for extraterrestrial life and a target for future human colonies, largely due...

K.S. Anthony
Thursday, 17 January 2019 - 11:43AM

Satellite Captures Image of Martian Ice Rink in Korolev Crater

Mars may not have Christmas trees or tinsel, but a recent photo from the Mars Express orbiter has shown that it does have an...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 21 December 2018 - 11:36AM

Nuclear-Powered "Tunnelbot" May Bore Through Europa's Ice in Search of Life

We've seen some pretty crazy proposals for planet-exploring robots, not the least of which is a shape-shifting robot that can explore...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - 12:13PM

Deadly Moon Dust Is the 'Number One Concern' for Astronauts Returning to Moon

As Cas Anvar of The Expanse said, space is trying to kill you 24 hours a day. Whether it's powerful gravity, deadly radiation, or a...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 17 December 2018 - 12:00PM

China's 'Dark Side' Lunar Lander Has Entered the Moon's Orbit--What's Next?

We've been reporting on China's Chang'e-4 mission since it was announced, but Wednesday marks a major milestone for the project: the...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 14 December 2018 - 11:43AM

Watch: NASA Live Streams OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Reaching the Asteroid Bennu

At approximately 12:00 pm EST NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft will initiate its final descent on Bennu, coming within twelve miles of...

Scarlett James
Monday, 03 December 2018 - 11:06AM

Ultimate College Experience: The UAE Is Looking for Undergraduates to Join Its Mars Research Program

Are you an Emirati undergraduate getting a degree in science or engineering? Are you fascinated with the modern space race to Mars?...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 29 November 2018 - 1:48PM

Bill Nye Says Humans Will Never Live on Mars And Suggests Terraforming Advocates Are "High"

Bill Nye is many things – beloved educational figure, science celebrity, and the original Science Guy – but now he has a new...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 19 November 2018 - 1:53PM

NASA Shares Epic Image of Jupiter Taken During Recent Juno Flyby

Just before Halloween, NASA's Juno spacecraft performed its 16th close flyby of Jupiter, snapping images just 4,400 miles above the...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 12 November 2018 - 12:32PM

There's a Weird Cloud Hanging Around a Dormant Volcano on Mars

Weather on other planets is strange. Jupiter's been dealing with a huge storm on its surface for over a century (the infamous 'Great...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 26 October 2018 - 2:24PM

The New Horizons Spacecraft Is Closing in on Ultima Thule for a 'Historic' Flyby

Earlier this year, NASA announced that the next stop for the New Horizons spacecraft after Pluto would be Ultima Thule, a distant...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 26 October 2018 - 1:43PM

Astronomers Still Puzzled by Blue Asteroid Causing the Geminid Meteor Showers

When we're not narrowly avoiding collisions with them or planning to blow them up with nuclear weapons, scientists are busy studying...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 12:26PM

A Mission To Mercury Seeking To Answer Fundamental Questions About Our Solar System's Smallest Planet

When you're watching an Earth-sized mass hurtle into a supermassive black hole a billion light-years away, it's easy to forget...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 19 October 2018 - 1:22PM

Wondering What To Call a Moon of a Larger Moon? It's Not That Simple

It's a scientist's job to ask the important questions and to try and find the answers, but it's the scientist's kid's job to ask the...

Andrew LaSane
Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 11:04AM

Saturn's Rings Are Raining Thousands Of Pounds Of Debris Down On The Planet In A Bizarre Phenomenon Called 'Ring Rain'

While astronomers are still trying to pin down the existence of Planet Nine lurking somewhere beyond our solar system, scientists...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 05 October 2018 - 1:24PM

Distant Ice World Nicknamed 'The Goblin' Gives More Evidence for Ninth Planet in our Solar System

Step by step, astronomers are growing tantalizingly close to finding the solar system's long-rumored 'Planet Nine' lurking somewhere...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 - 1:35PM

Scientists Spot Dust Storms on Titan, Saturn's Most Habitable Moon

Despite being a small moon orbiting ten times farther from the Sun than Earth, Titan is strikingly similar to Earth: it has a stable,...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 - 11:37AM

Japan Becomes First Country To Land On An Asteroid With Hayabusa2 Space Probe

The JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Hayabusa2 probe arrived at the asteroid Ryugu this past June, but it's been waiting for...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 21 September 2018 - 1:59PM