Dwarf Planet

NASA Pluto Photos: 5 Gorgeous Images Of The Dwarf Planet

Pluto may have been downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet, but it hasn’t lost any of the many features that make it special. NASA’s New Horizons …

Astronomy

Pluto mystery that confounded scientists might finally be solved

For such a tiny little world, Pluto sure has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. After being demoted from “planet” to “dwarf planet,” Pluto …

Science

Mystery of Pluto's Super-Cold Weather Solved

The more we learn about Pluto, the more interesting the little world becomes.<p>Hydrocarbon particles in Pluto's atmosphere are responsible for the …

Planets

Dwarf planet Ceres may have had a global ocean in ancient past

Nestled in the asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres contains water-rich materials that suggest it once boasted a global ocean in its distant past. Now, two new studies from NASA's Dawn mission may reveal traces of an ancient ocean in the crust, with remnants left behind in the muddy mantle beneath.<p>…

Planets

Nasa reveals what Ceres' outer layer says about its interior makeup

The dwarf planet is the largest object in the asteroid belt and has a number of mysterious surface features.<p>A study published by Geophysical Research …

Planets

Pluto's hydrocarbon haze keeps dwarf planet colder than expected: New analysis of Pluto's atmosphere explains why New Horizons spacecraft measured temperatures much colder than predicted

New analysis of Pluto's atmosphere explains why New Horizons spacecraft measured temperatures much colder than predicted<p>The gas composition of a …

Solar System

NASA finds evidence of ancient global ocean on Ceres

Once thought to be a unique feature of Earth, evidence has been found to suggest that water does, or once did, exist on the Moon, Venus, Mars, Pluto, …

Planets

NASA's Dawn mission finds signs of ancient ocean on dwarf planet Ceres

The crust of the dwarf planet comprises ice, salts and materials belonging to geological activities which took place in the past.<p>NASA' Dawn mission …

Planets

NASA's Dawn Mission To Dwarf Planet Ceres Finds Evidence Of Ancient Ocean

A team from NASA studying data from Ceres has found a mixture of ice, salts and hydrated material on the crust of the dwarf planet, a report released …

Planets

Nasa might have found traces of ancient oceans on dwarf planet Ceres

Remnants of 4-billion year-old global ocean could still have liquid water deep below its frozen crust.<p>Nasa's Dawn mission might have stumbled upon …

Planets

Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres

Minerals containing water are widespread on Ceres, suggesting the dwarf planet may have had a global ocean in the past. What became of that ocean? …

Planets

This Dwarf Planet Might Have Had an Ancient Global Ocean

By on<p>Filed Under Science & NASA<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Everyone’s favorite non-Pluto dwarf planet, Ceres, seems to be hiding a few tricks …

Planets

Moon-gazing tonight? Think of Pluto

Tonight – October 25, 2017 – and tomorrow night, the rather wide waxing crescent moon shines fairly close on the sky’s dome to the dwarf planet …

Astronomy

Who owns space? A guy called Dennis

If you think Earth is plentiful, wait until we get to space. Many thousands of near-Earth asteroids are littered with valuable minerals, and the moon …

World News

Dawn's mission extension to send probe into indefinite orbit around dwarf planet

Back in May 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft became the first man-made object to enter orbit around a dwarf planet. It has circled Ceres ever since, with …

Space Exploration

NASA decides to hang out at dwarf planet Ceres just a little while longer

With its hardware already right where it needs to be, NASA has decided it wants to extend its Dawn mission, which will bring its spacecraft extremely …

Science

Nasa extends Dawn's mission for the second time to get a closer look at dwarf planet Ceres

The space probe will manoeuvre itself into a new orbit which is closer to Ceres' surface in order to get new insights about the dwarf planet.<p>Nasa has …

Space Exploration

NASA is extending Dawn’s mission over Ceres for a second time

Mission planners want to bring the spacecraft even closer to the surface<p>In June 2016, the Dawn spacecraft reached the end of its primary mission over Ceres. Since then, the spacecraft has remained in orbit around the dwarf planet, where it has continued to monitor and study its surface. This week, …

Space

NASA Extends Dawn Mission To 2018 To Study Ceres' Perihelion

NASA has announced that the DAWN space probe will hitch a permanent orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres and will spend the rest of its life studying …

Space Exploration

Haumea, a Dwarf Planet in the Kuiper Belt, Has Its Own Ring

There's a lot going on just outside of our solar system, planet-wise. Sure, there's the dwarf planet Pluto lurking out there beyond Neptune. But …

Astronomy

Dawn spacecraft will keep orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres indefinitely

It’s a new day for the Dawn spacecraft. The NASA spacecraft, which has been orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres since 2015, just got its final marching …

Space Exploration

Dawn Gets One Last, Close Look at Ceres

NASA has decided the spacecraft's final mission will be to get closer to the dwarf planet than ever before.<p>For the past three years, the Dawn spacecraft has been dutifully orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It's mapped the entire surface of the …

Space Exploration

NASA Finds Organic Material On Dwarf Planet Ceres Could Be Locally Produced

NASA's Dawn space probe detected the presence of organic materials on Ceres — a dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — in …

World News

Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres

NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. During this …

Space Exploration

Google Maps now lets you explore other planets and moons in the solar system

Google Maps has added the rocky planets, moons of the ice giants, the "<b>dwarf planet</b>" Pluto and the International Space Station. To access the menu …

Technology (India)

There's a giant egg floating in our solar system with a ring around it

Some of the most exciting new discoveries in space come from far, far away, thanks to telescopes capable of detecting exoplanets that are so distant we'd likely never be able to actually visit them, but that doesn't mean there isn't still some pretty interesting stuff here in our own Solar System. …

Science

Astronomers Spot Ring Around Dwarf Planet

Credit: IAA-CSIC/UHU<p>It’s an exciting time for astronomy. If it’s not the constant stream of newly discovered exoplanets, it’s the new discoveries …

Astronomy

First ringed dwarf planet Haumea discovered: 7 things to know

First discovered in 2004 by a team led by MikeBrown of Caltech at the Palomar Observatory in the US, the planet is located beyond Neptune's orbit and …

Astronomy

There’s a huge egg with a ring floating around our solar system

Some of the most exciting new discoveries in space come from far, far away, thanks to telescopes capable of detecting exoplanets that are so distant …

Science

Ring discovered around dwarf planet beyond Neptune

<b>(CNN) —</b> Astronomers have made an unexpected discovery about Haumea, a mysterious dwarf planet on the edge of our solar system.<p>It has a ring around it.<p>Until now, such rings had only been found around the four giant, outer planets -- Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.<p>"It is the first time a ring …

Astronomy