Heather Burrell

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More evidence that Jupiter kicked ancient planets out of the solar system

Jupiter, Jupiter, Jupiter. We've got to have a talk.<p>According to a recent study in The Astrophysical Journal, Jupiter probably kicked a ninth planet out of our solar system back in the day.<p>[<i>Mysterious space junk is hurtling towards Earth (and scientists are super excited)</i>]<p>The study attempts to …

Astronomy

Spooky Nebula is Coldest Known Object in Universe (Photo)

A ghostly nebula shining about 5,000 light-years from Earth is also the coldest known object in the universe.<p>The dead star creating the Boomerang …

This Is What it Looks Like When a Black Hole Shreds a Star

When a star wanders too close to a black hole, immense gravitational forces begin to rip it apart in an epic cosmic slaying called a “tidal …

It's Official: Pluto Is Even Weirder Than We Thought

The dwarf planet’s mountains, glaciers, and atmosphere can’t be fully explained, says the first scientific paper from New Horizons probe researchers.<p>Back in the early 2000s, planetary scientist Alan Stern was challenged to predict what the New Horizons probe would find when it got to Pluto. Stern …

Astronomy

Spacecraft captures some of the best photos we've ever seen of Saturn's water-rich moon

NASA's spacecraft, Cassini, has been orbiting the ringed-planet Saturn for over 10 years, but some of the most interesting discoveries from the mission have come from its occasional visits next door to Saturn's enigmatic moon Enceladus.<p>In particular, Cassini has revealed evidence Enceladus harbors …

Astronomy