Solar System

TESS Science

TESS Science Objectives<p>Using a wide variety of methods, astronomers have discovered nearly 2,000 exoplanets to date, largely with ground-based radial …

Exoplanets

2017 December 18 - The Kepler 90 Planetary System

<b>The Kepler-90 Planetary System</b> <b><br>Illustration Credit:</b> NASA Ames, Wendy Stenzel<p><b>Explanation:</b> Do other stars have planetary systems like our own? Yes -- …

Astronomy

Day Trips From Ostrava: Castles, Breweries and Hats

Table of Contents<p>Things to do near Ostrava<br>• How to organize your day trips from Ostrava<br>• The Czech Republic Travel …

Europe

Dinosaurs Were Around Before Saturn Had Rings

Data from the Cassini space probe suggests that the rings may be as young as 150 million years old<p>Comment on this Story

Astronomy

Another 8-Planet Solar System Discovered 2,500 Light Years Away

<b>BALTIMORE (WJZ)–</b> Since the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet, our solar system is made up of eight planets. It turns out that number is …

Astronomy

Reddit is obsessed with Earth-chan, an anime version of Earth

She’s an adorable schoolgirl with blue-and-green hair. She’s fragile and often wears a surgical mask due to an unspecified illness. She’s really into …

Memes

How Long Can a Rocky World Withstand the Blasts From a Red Dwarf Star?

Red dwarf stars have become a major focal point for exoplanet studies lately, and for good reason. For starters, M-type (red dwarf) stars are the …

Planets

NASA And Google Just Announced They've Found Another Solar System Like Ours

It also has 8 planets.<p>NASA and Google announced a "major discovery"on Thursday: another solar system with eight planets.<p>That finding is due to the …

Exoplanets

HamishALSEP

Copyright © 2008 by Hamish Lindsay;<br>Last revised 19 July 2010.<p>ALSEP was a collection of geophysical instruments designed to continue to monitor the …

The Moon

Nature

Cell biology<p>DNA dictates response to common drugs<p>Genes affect the shape of proteins targeted by medications.<p>Variations in genes encoding cell-surface …

Biology

Most of the life in the cosmos may exist on frozen ice worlds

In the hunt for extra-terrestrial life, scientists tend to take what is known as the “low-hanging fruit approach”. This consists of looking for …

Planets

Giant storms cause palpitations in Saturn's atmospheric heartbeat

13 December 2017<p><b>Immense northern storms on Saturn can disturb atmospheric patterns at the planet's equator, finds the international Cassini mission.</b> …

Astronomy

Nasa's New Horizons probe strikes distant gold

<b>The American space agency's New Horizons mission has struck gold again.</b><p>After its astonishing flyby of Pluto in 2015, scientists have just discovered that the probe's next target is not one object but very likely two.<p>Earth-based observations suggest the small icy world, referred to simply as MU69, …

Astronomy

New Horizons' Target Could Be Two Objects and Might Have a Moon

"The more we examine it, the more interesting and amazing this little world becomes."<p>NASA's New Horizons space probe is charged with exploring some of the farthest reaches of the solar system: the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt beyond. The spacecraft's next target, a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) …

Astronomy

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is 50 Times Deeper Than the Oceans of Earth

"The closer you get to Jupiter, the weirder it gets."<p>Jupiter's Great Red Spot is one of the solar system's great wonders, a centuries-old storm that is larger than the entire Earth. NASA's Juno spacecraft has been studying the Great Red Spot since July 2017, a part of its mission to learn how …

Astronomy

Meg Schwamb discusses managing a Hawaii telescope and gender imbalance in the sciences

What do you think of when you hear "Hawai'i"? It's probably gorgeous beaches and blue water as far as the eye can see. But that's not what …

Astronomy

Neil deGrasse Tyson bringing 'Search for Life in the Universe' to Alabama

The "Pluto killer" cometh.<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist, science icon, talk show favorite and host of TV's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Glen Cove Students Experience Augmented Reality

Students explored the solar system and learned about the world of ancient Rome.<p>Robert M. Finley Middle School students had an opportunity to study …

New York City

Why Isn't Mercury A Dwarf Planet?

<i>Why isn’t Mercury classified as a dwarf planet? It’s not much larger than Pluto. originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Corey Powell, Book author and science editor at Aeon, on …

Astronomy

The Labs That Forge Distant Planets Here on Earth

Yingwei Fei and his colleagues had spent a month carefully crafting the three slivers of dense silicate—shiny and round, each sample was less than a …

Exoplanets

2017 December 11 - Mercury Visualized from MESSENGER

<b>Mercury Visualized from MESSENGER</b> <b><br>Video Credit:</b> NASA, JHUAPL, CIW; <i>Processing:</i> Roman Tkachenko; <i>Music:</i> Open Sea Morning by Puddle of …

Astronomy

Ask Ethan: Why Don't Comets Orbit The Same Way Planets Do?

When you look at how the planets orbit in our Solar System, the correct answer was given hundreds of years ago: first by Kepler, whose laws of motion described it, and then by Newton, whose law of universal gravitation allowed it to be derived. But comets, both the ones originating from our Solar …

Astronomy

The year in space: 15 spectacular photos of the cosmos shared by Nasa in 2017

Nasa continues to provide breathtaking images regularly. Here is our pick of the best ones this year.<p>The year 2017 has been one of spectacular images …

Astronomy

This week in Space: The Big Bang theory, gold from alien worlds, distant new galaxies and more

IBTimes UK's science team brings you the biggest and best space stories of the week.<p>1 of 4<p>The past week has seen some incredible new observations and …

Space Science

The Best Science Books Of 2017

It’s been a bumpy road for science in 2017, and now’s a good time to reflect on what makes science so great. Stories of discovery and wonder, and the …

Books

Earth and Venus are the Same Size, so Why Doesn't Venus Have a Magnetosphere? Maybe it Didn't Get Smashed Hard Enough

For many reasons, Venus is sometimes referred to as “Earth’s Twin” (or “Sister Planet”, depending on who you ask). Like Earth, it is terrestrial …

Geology

The Year's Best Meteor Shower Is Here, And The Geminids Are Better Than Ever

Every year, the Earth travels some 940 million kilometers through space in its orbit around the Sun. Over the past years, decades, and centuries, comets and asteroids have traveled through the same region of our Solar System, leaving a trail of debris in orbit around the Sun. If the alignment is …

Astronomy

The Best Meteor Shower Is Better Than Ever

Every year, the Earth travels some 940 million kilometers through space in its orbit around the Sun. Over the past years, decades, and centuries, …

Space

Meet NASA's "Energizer Bunny" Space Telescope

Some of the most fascinating objects in the universe emit a form of radiation that we know as infrared light. To "see" those celestial sights in all …

Astronomy

Largest Planetarium In Western Hemisphere Opening In Jersey City

The new Chalsty Planetarium is the fourth largest in the world. See a preview of a new show here.<p>JERSEY CITY, NJ — The largest planetarium in the …

New York City