Solar System

Astronomers Discovered 12 New Moons Around Jupiter. Here's How

Sometimes a search for one thing presents the chance to look for something else. If you're like me, that something else is usually something small: …

Astronomy

Ceres’ salty bright spots revealed in stunning detail

It has been a couple years since we last heard anything interesting about dwarf planet Ceres’ mysterious bright spots. First spied in early 2015 as …

Astronomy

These Pictures of Venus and the Moon Together Are Stunning

They make a nice pair.<p>On Sunday night, the moon hung out next to Venus in the sky. The crescent moon was just two degrees from Venus by mid-twilight, appearing right next to each other to the naked eye.<p>This is a neat alignment, because the moon is approximately 240,000 miles away from Earth, while …

Astronomy

New Book Shows Children How New Horizons Got to Pluto

One new children's book takes readers on a journey to Pluto with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.<p>"To Pluto & Beyond: The Amazing Voyage of New …

Space

Hulu's Mars drama 'The First' debuts September 14th

Hulu has released photos of its upcoming astronaut drama <i>The First</i> starring Natascha McElhone and Sean Penn, and revealed that it will premiere on September 14th. Developed by <i>House of Cards</i> creator Beau Willimon, the series follows the first human Mars mission and the challenges of planetary …

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Scientists accidentally find 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter

Astronomy

Astronomers Discover 12 New Moons Around Jupiter

In searching for a new world, scientists find moons that they call ‘the last building blocks of the solar system’<p>By<p>Robert Lee Hotz<p>Robert Lee Hotz<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@LeHotz<p>Lee.Hotz@wsj.com<p>Astronomers searching for a planet beyond Pluto discovered instead a dozen new moons orbiting …

Astronomy

Crescent Moon and Venus – Kilauea eruption

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Astronomy

Astronomers have found a new crop of moons around Jupiter, and one of them is a weirdo

The total is up to 79 now<p>Ten more moons have been confirmed to orbit around Jupiter, bringing the planet’s total known satellite count to 79. That’s the highest number of moons of any planet in the Solar System. And these newly discovered space rocks are giving astronomers insight as to why the …

Astronomy

Incredible photos show Venus dancing near the moon

Venus and the moon created a spectacular sight in the western sky Sunday night, appearing inches away from each other.<p>A crescent moon sat to the right, just two degrees from Venus by mid-twilight. The view was visible with a naked eye about 30 minutes after sunset. For reference, holding three …

Astronomy

Venus photobombed the Moon last night, and everyone loved it

If you’re staring at the sky on a clear night it’s usually pretty easy to spot the Moon, but we often forget that it’s sometimes possible to see …

Astronomy

NASA Snags an Emmy Nomination for Cassini Spacecraft's Grand Finale

NASA's coverage of the Cassini spacecraft's Grand Finale at Saturn has snagged an Emmy nomination.<p>The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has …

Astronomy

Pluto's Underground Ocean

Over three and a half billion miles from the Sun, Pluto is too cold for liquid water to exist on its surface. Its interior however, may tell a …

Astronomy

With Several Rocket Launches Planned, A Busy Year Ahead For ISRO

October will also see India''s heaviest rocket 640-ton GSLV Mk III flying up with GSAT-29 with Ka x Ku multi-beam and optical communication</b> …

Space Exploration

ISRO scientists successfully test Vikas Engine from Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli

The Vikas Engine is the workhorse liquid rocket engine used to power the second stage of the ISRO's trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).<p>By: …

Space Exploration

Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch

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In Depth | P/Shoemaker-Levy 9

<b>Discovery</b><p>Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered by Carolyn and Gene Shoemaker and David Levy in a photograph taken on Mar. 18, 1993 with the 0.4-meter …

Astronomy

Catalog Page for PIA05167

<b>PIA05167: Recovering Spirit Sends a New Picture</b><p> Target Name: <p> Is a satellite of: <p> Spacecraft: <p> Instrument: <p> Product Size: <p><b>512 x 512 pixels (w x …

Mars Rover

Waxing Crescent in Conjunction with Venus over Perris Valley

The post Waxing Crescent in Conjunction with Venus over Perris Valley appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

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Uranus, Neptune, Pluto: A longer view

Beloved astronomer Guy Ottewell announces his newest book.<p><i>Editor’s Note: Guy Ottewell’s new book – Uranus, Neptune, Pluto: A Longer View – looks at</i> …

Astronomy

Catalog Page for PIA07243

<b>Original Caption Released with Image:</b><p>This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter highlights the spacecraft's radar capability. The …

Mars Orbiter

Pluto Just Aligned With Earth And The Sun For The First Time In 87 Years

Pluto reached opposition on July 12 and won't align with the rest of the solar system again until the year 2179.<p>This week marked a grand occasion for …

Astronomy

5 things we know – and 5 we don’t – about ‘Oumuamua

Mysterious ‘Oumuamua is the 1st confirmed interstellar object to pass through our solar system.<p><b>1. We know it’s not from around here.</b><p>The object known …

Astronomy

10 Things: Looking Back at Pluto

In July 2015, we saw Pluto up close for the first time and—after three years of intense study—the surprises keep coming.<p>“It’s clear,” says Jeffery …

Space

Celebrating 40 years of Pluto's largest moon, Charon

Today, Pluto is known to sport five moons. Its most massive companion, Charon, is the largest moon in the solar system relative to its parent body. This moon is so large that Pluto and Charon are classified as a binary planet system. Yet, 40 years ago, scientists didn't even know Charon existed.<p>In …

Space

Over 130 companies show interest in ISRO's lithium-ion cell technology- Technology News, Firstpost

Over 130 companies have shown interest in the Indian space agency's lithium-ion cell technology and the pre-application conference will be held on …

Lithium Ion

Look Up! Venus Snuggles Up to the Moon Tonight

Venus is due for a date with the moon tonight, July 15, with the two bodies appearing to dance within half an inch of each other in the western sky, …

Astronomy

Using Mobile Apps to Explore Pluto at Opposition

This week, the small and distant dwarf planet Pluto will reach opposition, the time of the year when the object is closest to Earth and brightest in …

Astronomy

See it! Last night’s moon and Venus

Photos from EarthSky friends around the world of Sunday evening’s spectacular moon and planet Venus, and Saturday’s moon and Mercury. Thanks to all …

Astronomy

Catalog Page for PIA06772

<b>Original Caption Released with Image:</b><p>Figure 1<p>This approximate true-color image taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the rock outcrop …

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