Solar System

Google maps out moons and planets across the Solar System

Google Maps is both amazing and a little terrifying at times. Starting from your own front porch, close enough to read the numbers on the letterbox, …

Space

NASA says the evidence for a ‘Planet Nine’ is mounting

We might not actually know how many planets are in our Solar System — and no, this isn’t a trick regarding Pluto’s status. For years, scientists have …

Science

Explore the Solar System with Google Maps

Just don't ask it for directions.<p>If you're planning a vacation and trying to decide where to go, sometimes it's a good idea to tour the planet with Google Maps, just to get a sense of all the popular destinations. With Google Maps, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge, tour the Pyramids of Giza, or …

Astronomy

Saturn's Rings Rain Methane Down on Planet

There's rain on Saturn, and it's not what scientists were expecting.<p>Although Cassini has vaporized in Saturn's atmosphere, scientists are still learning from its final findings. The latest discovery looks into how Saturn's rings effect the planet itself: by raining methane onto the planet's …

Planets

One of The Sun's Most Perplexing Mysteries May Finally Be Solved

The Sun isn't as hot as you think.<p>It takes a little over 8 minutes for sunlight to journey across the chasm of space to Earth, but it took scientists …

Science

Surprise! Dwarf Planet Haumea Has a Ring

<b>When the distant dwarf planet Haumea briefly slipped in front of a star last January, astronomers found more than they expected.</b>An artist's concept …

Astronomy

Debris Disks Around Stars Could Point the Way to Giant Exoplanets

According to current estimates, there could be as many as 100 billion planets in the Milky Way Galaxy alone. Unfortunately, finding evidence of these …

Exoplanets

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

5 NASA Photos That Changed The World

Ever since humanity first broke the bonds of gravity and slipped up above our planet’s atmosphere, we’ve been able to view the Universe like never before. No longer restricted to our location here on Earth, and no longer doomed to fight with the interference from the miles and miles of atmosphere …

Astronomy

What Does the Milky Way Look Like? Astronomers Use High-School Math to Find Out

We have stunning shots of other galaxies but we don’t exactly know what the Milky Way itself looks like. Large parts of it that lie on the far side …

Universe

Behold @BergenBags, The Largest Collection Of Custom Birkins Known To Man

Little exists on Instagram these days outside of street style snaps, memes, and #sponcon. But deep in the pockets of the insatiable social media app …

Astronomy

This Meteorite Came From a Volcano on Mars

Today, it is well understood that Mars is a cold, dry, and geologically dead planet. However, billions of years ago when it was still young, the …

Geology

'Weird' dwarf planet Haumea has unexpected ring

ANU astrophysicist Brad Tucker explains the significance of the ring recently discovered around the dwarf planet Haumea, a potato-shaped body not …

Dwarf Planet

Dwarf Planet Haumea Has a Ring

A unique opportunity to study the dwarf planet Haumea has led to an intriguing discovery: Haumea is surrounded by a ring.Add this to the already long …

Astronomy

Astronomers Just Found an Epic Ring Around an Exotic Dwarf Planet in Our Solar System

BREAKING: It's the first of its kind in our Solar System.<p>Beyond the orbit of Neptune there are hundreds or even thousands of mysterious dwarf …

Science

Surprise! Bizarre Dwarf Planet Haumea Has Rings

Scientists have discovered a ring system around the dwarf planet Haumea.<p>Earlier this year, Haumea passed between Earth and a distant star, allowing …

Astronomy

Odd, potato-shaped dwarf planet has ring, may not be a planet | Ars Technica

Rings may be a common feature of objects that orbit outside of Neptune.<p>Thanks largely to the improvements in our instrumentation, we've started to …

Astronomy

NASA Is Running Out of The Most Precious Ingredient Needed For Future Space Missions

Houston, we really do have a problem.<p>Classroom models lie - our Solar System isn't a bunch of bright, closely nestled orbs.<p>Instead, other planets are …

Exoplanets

How a 1604 Supernova Presented a Challenge to Astronomers

More than 400 years ago, a bright new star appeared in the sky. Its appearance helped a groundbreaking generation of astronomers puzzle out new …

Universe

Still missing Cassini? Here's what else is out there

<b>(CNN) —</b> Do you miss seeing all those amazing new images of Saturn? It's because Cassini is gone.<p>The Cassini mission to explore Saturn and its moons ended September 15, concluding a 13-year stream of awe-inspiring photos and observations that changed the way scientists look at the gas giant. There …

Planets

New Clues Emerge for the Existence of Planet 9

Planet 9 cannot hide forever, and new research has narrowed the range of possible locations further! In January of 2016, astronomers Mike Brown and …

Universe

Planet 9 Might Be an Immigrant

In a new paper, Caltech researchers Michael Brown and Konstantin Batygin put some constraints on the possible existence of Planet 9, which they …

Exoplanets

Ask Ethan: How Many Planets Did NASA's Kepler Miss?

How many planets are there in our galaxy? It’s a question that, 30 years ago, was pure speculation, as we had not yet even found the first planet beyond our own Solar System. Fast forward to the present day, and we’ve directly found thousands of them, with the overwhelming majority discovered by …

Exoplanets

Mike Pence wants to see astronauts return to the Moon

<b>US Vice-President Mike Pence has expressed the intention for America to send humans back to the Moon's surface.</b><p>Speaking to the National Space Council, he said Earth's satellite would be a "stepping stone" to the wider exploration of the Solar System.<p>"We will return astronauts to the Moon - not only …

Exploration

Juno Observes Jupiter, Io and Europa

This color-enhanced image of Jupiter and two of its largest moons – Io and Europa – was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed its eighth …

Space Exploration

New Study Proposes a Giant, Space-Based Solar Flare Shield for Earth

In today’s modern, fast-paced world, human activity is very much reliant on electrical infrastructure. If the power grids go down, our climate …

Astronomy

Li-quid hot mag-ma: There's a Martian meteorite in your backyard. How'd it get there?

Asteroid smacks chunks off a volcano... but not as we know itNew research adds extra support for where exactly six meteorites that travelled from …

Geology

Biomarker found in space complicates search for life on exoplanets

A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, …

Space Exploration

The Russians And The Americans Only Want The Moon

For the generations who lived through the decades of the Space Race, the skies above were an exciting place. Every month it seemed there was a new …

Astronomy

NASA Spacecraft to Investigate Strange Asteroid of Metal

The asteroid Psyche is mostly nickel and iron, and researchers think it could be the core of an early planet set adrift.<p>NASA has begun preparations to study Psyche, the largest metal asteroid known to humanity. The space agency hopes to reach what it calls one of the "most intriguing targets in the …

Space Exploration