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It’s been a turbulent start, but Juno is now delivering spectacular insights into Jupiter

There was much excitement when the Juno spacecraft successfully arrived at Jupiter in July, after a five-year journey through the solar system. A …

Juno image of Jupiter looks like an impressionist painting.

<i>This post is what Boing Boing calls a “unicorn chaser,” a bit of eye candy to cleanse the brain after a particularly off-putting article. So, after</i> …

This Jupiter Photo Is Unbearably Gorgeous

This unbearably gorgeous image of Jupiter was taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft back on December 11 and was just shared by NASA on Thursday. From a …

Cold Neptunes an exoplanet sweet spot?

As astronomers explore distance solar systems, what can they expect to find? A new study suggests likely Neptune-mass worlds in solar systems’ icy …

Looking at the stars

The ancient Greek philosophers believed that the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars were mathematically perfect orbs, made from unearthly materials. These …

Dwarf Planet Ceres Likely Had Ocean Long Ago

Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, is pocketed with cold, dark craters, several of which are layered in ice, raising the prospects …

These 9 space facts will change your perception of the universe

Space is so unfathomably large and so unbelievably weird, that it can sometimes be difficult to convey basic facts. For example, you can fit all of our solar system's planets in the space between the Earth and our moon. Here are 9 facts that may bewilder and dumbfound your perceptions of</b> …

We Know What Other Planets Smell Like, And It's Not All Pleasant

You've probably thought about how it would look and feel to walk on other planets in our solar system, but we bet you've never thought about how it …

What makes a planet a planet?

Last year, the debate over Pluto’s planet status temporarily resurfaced when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by the tiny world at the edge of the Solar System. Once considered the ninth planet, Pluto was famously demoted a decade ago to a dwarf planet — a new kind of classification for objects …

NASA Unveils 2 New Missions to Study Truly Strange Asteroids

NASA's next low-cost planetary missions will attempt to unravel the mysteries of some seriously bizarre asteroids.<p>The space agency has selected …

In the 2020s NASA will launch spacecraft to study Jupiter's asteroids, and another made of metal

Sadly, that means we’re not going to Venus<p>In the early 2020s, two separate NASA missions will launch to asteroids in the Solar System, to learn more about what our cosmic neighborhood was like when it was young. NASA announced today that it had selected two missions, called Lucy and Psyche, from …

Astronomers Discover Something Strange and Beguiling on Pluto's Largest Moon

Does it snow on Pluto? Scientists seem to think it does

Scientists have recently found proof that snow and ice features are present on Pluto's surface<p>Scientists have recently found proof that, like Earth, …

Something Struck Mars Recently And Left This 13-Foot-Wide Black Mark

MRO’s HiRISE camera captures new addition to Mars’ speckled surface.<p>Our Solar System is alive and teeming with objects. From stray comets visiting Earth's reaches once every few hundred years to the log-jammed, bubbling Kuiper belt circling 30 AU outside of Neptune, the grand design of our moving …

Astronomers Discover 'Black Hole Treasure Trove'

Astronomers have studied the deepest X-ray image of all time to discover a “treasure trove” containing thousands of supermassive black holes.<p>The …

Jupiter at a glance

This new image from the largest planet in the Solar System, Jupiter, was made during the Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) programme. The images …

There's A Ton Of Water On Dwarf Planet Ceres

Scientists have always had a hunch, and now they have direct evidence: there is a whole lot of water ice beneath the surface of dwarf planet</b> …

Moon is older than we thought, new research suggests

It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old.<p>That's the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil …

Astronomy

Charon Is Pluto's First Line of Defense Against Solar Wind Onslaught

Lacking a strong magnetic shield, Pluto's thin atmosphere is being eroded into space — but Charon is doing its bit to protect its dwarf planet …

Previewing 2017's Biggest Skywatching Events Using Mobile Astronomy Apps — Part 2

For people in or near the U.S., the biggest astronomical event for 2017 will be the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, but there are many …

Image - Bright Clouds on Uranus

About this image<p>A recent Hubble Space Telescope view reveals Uranus surrounded by its four major rings and by 10 of its 17 known satellites. This …

2017 January 13 - When Mars met Neptune

<b>When Mars met Neptune</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Stephen Mudge<p><b>Explanation:</b> On January 1, a Mars-assisted viewing opportunity allowed binocular-equipped …

Nasa release stunning new image of Jupiter megastorm

Jupiter’s ‘Great Red Spot’ has been pictured in a dramatic new image.<p>The megastorm has been going for several centuries and is much larger than the …

Astronomy

Astronomers Have Spotted a Massive 'Bulge' in Venus' Atmosphere

It could be the largest gravity wave ever witnessed.<p>A massive bow-shaped 'bulge' has been spotted in the upper atmosphere of Venus, and astronomers …

Experiment resolves mystery about wind flows on Jupiter

One mystery has been whether the jets exist only in the planet's upper atmosphere—much like the Earth's own jet streams—or whether they plunge into …

Juno mission to Jupiter having some issues but still doing good science.

On July 5, Jupiter acquired a new moon: NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Launched in 2011, Juno passed by the Earth in October 2013 to pick up some energy and …

Beyond Pluto: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft heads to next adventure

To Pluto and beyond!<p>Nearly two years after its historic encounter with the dwarf planet Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is getting ready for its next big adventure in the icy outskirts of the solar system.<p>Now, the spacecraft is on its way to a small, ancient object located about 1 billion …

Now You Can See What Landing on Pluto Would Be Like

No one has landed on Pluto yet, but a new video from NASA lets everyone see exactly what it would be like if they did.<p>NASA released “footage” last …

Siri Offers Humorous Responses to Questions About Hit Game Pokémon Go

Apple's virtual assistant Siri is known for offering up funny responses to a range of questions, and Apple's Siri team often puts time and effort into providing Siri with answers and comments on current events. This summer, augmented reality game Pokémon Go has become a worldwide phenomenon, and as …

Siri joking with users in response to some Pokemon Go queries

Apple has updated the Siri response database with some light-hearted remarks for users asking about the wildly popular Pokémon Go mobile game.<p>Most</i> …