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New photos of Pluto reveal Earth-like terrain that is “a total, complete mystery” to scientists

Close-up imagery of Pluto’s surface has scientists wondering how the dwarf planet’s terrain came to be. The photos, which show expansive mountain ranges and valleys, were taken by the New Horizons probe in July 2015 and were released by NASA this week.<p>“We traveled 3,000 miles and found something a …

Space

No Joke: April Fools' Comet to Pass Closest to Earth Since Discovery

An unusually favorable opportunity to view a famous periodic comet in small telescopes comes during the next couple of weeks, when passes closer to …

Astronomy

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just sent back breathtaking new images of the gas giant

A probe the size of a basketball court has taken unprecedented new images of Jupiter.<p>NASA's $1 billion Juno spacecraft, launched in August 2011, took five years to reach and settle into orbit around the gas giant, which is more than 415 million miles from Earth.<p>The probe has so far photographed …

Solar System

Mars was struck by mega-floods 3 billion years ago, images reveal

The Kasei Valles channel system spans 1,864 miles (3,000 km) from its source<p>The surface of Mars is an intricate and varied landscape, telling the tale of billions of years of changing geological activity from impact craters caused by asteroids to mountains formed by volcanoes.<p>Now, the European …

Space

Dawn probe spots organic materials on dwarf planet Ceres

Ceres is now officially included the list of celestial bodies where we've found organic molecules. NASA's Dawn scientists have spotted the presence of organic compounds on the dwarf planet using the spacecraft's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIR). They found the organics covering an …

Ceres

The gas cloud from which our solar system formed lasted about 4 million years

<b>About 4.6 billion years ago, an enormous cloud of hydrogen gas and dust collapsed under its own weight, eventually flattening into a disk called the</b> …

NASA Releases Most Detailed Photos of Saturn’s Rings Ever Taken

NASA just released the highest resolution photographs of Saturn’s rings yet. About 1.2 billion kilometers )(746 million miles) away from Earth, …

Solar System

NASA releases first results from ‘Year In Space’ twin study

Scott and Mark Kelly were part of a bold experiment to see how the human body fared after a year in space Photo: NASAThe first results from NASA’s …

NASA

Watch planets orbit a star 129 light-years away

Astronomers captured this 7-year time lapse of planets orbiting a faraway star.<p>The past few years have seen an explosion in the discovery of planets outside our solar system. Astronomers have now confirmed 3,442 exoplanets in the galaxy. And they think there could be 100 billion or more in …

Astronomy

Binary Stars To Merge, Explode In 2022, First Of Its Kind Scientific Prediction Says

If a first of its kind scientific prediction turns out to be right, not just astronomers but everyone on Earth will be able to witness an unusual and …

Astronomy

Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

Here is a view of Earth and its moon, as seen from Mars. It combines two images acquired on Nov. 20, 2016, by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars …

The winter solstice is Wednesday: 7 things to know about the shortest day of the year

The winter solstice is upon us: Wednesday, December 21, will be the shortest day of 2016 for anyone living north of the equator (and Tuesday night was the longest night of the year). If pagan rituals are your thing, this is probably a big moment for you. If not, the official first day of winter is …

Astronomy

Cassini completes first ring-skimming dive

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has completed the first of 20 close-proximity passes of Saturn's outermost rings. The pass, which took place on Dec. 4 at …

Solar System

'Fluffy' Seeds Grow Into Baby Planets

The world's most powerful radio observatory has spied on the fluffy microscopic dust particles that will go on to form the building blocks of planets …

Astronomy

Deep-Space Photo Shows Four Galaxies Colliding

About 300 million light-years away, four galaxies are colliding in a flurry of superheated gas and X-rays, and a Hungarian astrophotographer captured …

Astronomy

The sun looks like a creepy jack-o'-lantern in this NASA photo

Photos taken by a NASA space observatory in 2014 capture the sun in all its incredible, scary glory.<p>The images show our home star shining with a menacing, jack-o'-lantern-like smile.<p>The image, taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) just before Halloween two years ago, actually shows active …

Astronomy

Weird Extragalactic X-Ray Flares Baffle Astronomers

Astronomers are scratching their heads over two mysterious objects in space that are unlike anything scientists have seen before. The objects blast …

Our Best Map Yet of Io's Volcanic Activity Looks Terrifying

Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanically-active body in our solar system, and a recent observational campaign offers a little more insight into the …

Astronomy

Night Photography Camera Settings to Start With for Stars, Moon Milky Way

Once you’re comfortable creating communication between yourself, your camera, and the universe at night, it’s time to bring those technical and …

Look Out Below! Landslides Spotted on Pluto's Moon Charon

Look out below! Scientists have found evidence of landslides on Pluto's moon Charon. This is the first time this geologic feature has been discovered …

Ceres

Ultaviolet Imaging Is Showing Us Mars Like We've Never Seen It

For the first time, scientists have obtained images of Mars’s fabled “nightglow,” a mysterious atmospheric phenomenon on the Red Planet, that could …

Solar System

Universe may hold 10 times more galaxies than once thought

The observable universe was already incomprehensibly big, but it now looks to be even bigger. Astronomers have determined that are likely about 10 times more galaxies than previously thought, or between 1 trillion to 2 trillion. We just don't have the technology (or physical proximity) to detect …

Cosmology

Galaxies Found Close Together Show Signs Of Impending Doom

, Contributor<p>The four galaxies of Hickson Compact Group 87, as imaged by Hubble. Two foreground stars towards the image center are part of the Milky Way. Image credit: ESA, NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA/NASA).<p>They might call it “empty space” because of the great distances between …

Astronomy