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It's a Great Time to Spot the Elusive Planet Mercury: Here's How

In case you haven't yet set your alarm clock to normally awaken you at, say 5:45 a.m., this is most definitely the time to do so. Over next three …

Astronomy

NASA shows off a stunning new color photo of Pluto's moon, Charon

Charon is half the diameter of Pluto, and is in what's known as a "tidal lock" with the dwarf planet. That means the two bodies always have the same face pointed at each other, much like the relationship of the Earth with our Moon. But that's where the similarities stop. Charon isn't just some dead …

New Horizons Sends Back Stunning Image of Pluto's Moon Charon

The cracks, bruises and colorful spots on Pluto's largest moon, Charon, are captured in stunning new detail in photos sent back to Earth by NASA's …

Pluto's sunrises and sunsets are blue, NASA finds

Pluto's skies are blue, NASA researchers declared Thursday.<p>This signals yet another surprising find from NASA's groundbreaking New Horizons mission, …

The Crazy Hammer They're Sending to Mars

It looks like a tiny metal torpedo.<p>Space missions evoke some of the biggest questions humans can ask. How did we get here? Are we alone in the universe? You know, the usuals. But to even begin to answer these questions, scientists have to piece together the tiniest details, by making unbelievably …

InSight Lander

Nasa planning ‘Earth Independent’ Mars colony by 2030s

Humans will be living and working on Mars in colonies entirely independent of Earth by the 2030s, Nasa has said.<p>The US space organisation today released its plan for establishing permanent settlements on the red planet, setting out in detail plans to create ‘deep-space habitation facilities’ which …

NASA Eyes Sample-Return Capability for Post-2020 Mars Orbiter

WASHINGTON — A Mars orbiter NASA plans to launch in the 2020s could carry the mechanisms needed to collect and store sealed Martian surface samples …

Real-Life Mars Photos Show Where 'The Martian' Astronaut Would Have Been Stranded

NASA's love affair with Mars is at an all-time high. Not only did NASA release a detailed report last week on its goal of sending humans to the Red …

Nasa releases new video showing 4K views of Jupiter

4K images of Jupiter taken by the Hubble Space Telescope for the first time reveal a filament inside the planet's "Great Red Spot" hurricane<p>New images of Jupiter captured by the Hubble Space Telescope reveal never-before-seen details, including a filament inside the planet's hurricane that has been …

This Week’s Night Sky: Ghostly Lights, Celestial Triangles

For your viewing pleasure, an optical illusion 550 years in the making.<p><b>Green Giant.</b> Uranus is still at its best viewing for the year since reaching opposition just last week, as the outer planet lies opposite the Sun in our sky.<p>This means it rises around sunset, climbs highest in the south around 1 …

Have We Detected Megastructures Built By Aliens Around A Distant Star?

Or just a cloud of comets? Scientists want to investigate further<p>The Kepler space telescope's job is to find faraway planets that could potentially support life. But as <i>The Atlantic</i> reports, scientists are exploring the possibility that the telescope may have detected something even more …

Universe