Solar System

All-star cast of spacecraft chases solar storm across the Solar System

Like <i>The Avengers</i> of outer space, an all-star cast of satellites and spacecraft have teamed up from across the Solar System for a common goal. After a …

Space Exploration

The Voyagers at 40: Their greatest hits still look amazingly great | Ars Technica

“Time after time, we discovered things that we hadn’t even imagined.”<p>Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 which, at the time, …

Space Exploration

Voyager: Inside the world's greatest space mission

In 1977, two spacecraft started a mission that has redefined our knowledge of the Solar System we live in – and will soon become our ambassadors on a journey into the unknown.<p>In a beige-coloured cubicle, on the ground floor of a nondescript suburban office block in a suburb of Pasadena, California, …

Space Exploration

NASA's Awesome Voyager Probes Are Both Still Going Strong After 40 Years

Happy Birthday, Voyager 2!<p>Forty years ago, the <i>Voyager 1</i> and <i>2</i> missions began their journey from Earth to become the farthest-reaching missions in …

Space Exploration

Earth Has The Solar System’s Best Eclipses

Anyone who’s seen an eclipse like the one coming to the U.S. on Monday is likely to tell you that they’re special because of their strangeness, …


NASA’s Voyagers: 35 years of inspiration [Update: Now it’s 40] | Ars Technica

The two Voyager probes changed how we view science and the Universe.<p>This weekend, NASA's historic Voyager spacecrafts celebrate their 40th year in …

Space Exploration

Tour every planet in our solar system through NASA images


From the edge of the Solar System, Voyager probes are still talking to Australia after 40 years

This month marks 40 years since NASA launched the two Voyager space probes on their mission to explore the outer planets of our Solar System, and …

Space Exploration

NASA Plans to Send CubeSat To Venus to Unlock Atmospheric Mystery

From space, Venus looks like a big, opaque ball. Thanks to its extremely dense atmosphere, which is primarily composed of carbon dioxide and …


Paramount Players Lands First Project: ‘Vacation Guide To The Solar System’ | Deadline

Paramount Players has acquired its first project. In competitive bidding, the division hatched by Brian Robbins acquired the book <i>Vacation Guide To</i> …


Jupiter's Closeup

NASA's Juno mission captured this image of Jupiter on July 10th, at 10,274 miles (16,535 kilometers) above the clouds. The north of the planet is to …


A Look at The Solar System's Most Intense Storms

Earth's storms are pretty mild by comparison.<p>Hurricane season is upon us, and everyone within a few hundred miles of the Atlantic Ocean is preparing for the inevitable disaster to come. But if you're worried about a hurricane making landfall in your town, just remember it could be worse: You could …

Great Red Spot

The Tricky Way We Define a Moon

Weird celestial arrangements in our solar system challenge our definition of a moon.<p>In less than a week, the entirety of North America will experience a partial or total eclipse, where the sun will temporarily be blocked by the moon. Therefore, it's worth taking a moment to talk about what exactly …

Dwarf Planet

Unintended Experiment Tracks A Solar Eruption To The Outer Reaches Of The Solar System

On 14 October 2014, our Sun let out a great big burp, a coronal mass ejection that swept through the Solar System at an incredibly fortuitous angle. …

Technology (Australia)

Voyager 40th anniversary: Tracing an epic journey of discovery

On August 20, 1977, Voyager 2 was launched, beginning humanity's most epic astronomical adventure. Two weeks later its sister spacecraft, Voyager 1, …

Space Exploration

Wonderful Map Shows Surface Area of Planets as Though They Were Continents

How big is Pluto compared to North America? We have the map for you.<p>A fantastic map from webcomic artist Randall Munroe shows the relative surface areas of all the rocky planets and moons in the solar system as though they were continents branching off from the oceans of Earth. The map, entitled …


Scientists Discover TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System

In February of 2017, a team of European astronomers announced the discovery of a seven-planet system orbiting the nearby star TRAPPIST-1. Aside from …


Trappist-1 Could Be Twice As Old As Solar System, Changing the Odds of Finding Life

The planetary system, located 40 light years away from Earth, is considered a candidate for finding life outside our solar system.


Cassini has unlocked Saturn's secrets, but that's just the start

The spacecraft has unlocked the secrets of Saturn and two of its moons but there's one final act left<p>On October 15, 1997, Nasa launched one of its …

Space Exploration

Uranus' magnetic forces switch 'on and off'

Farewell shot of Uranus’ crescent as Voyager 2 departed the icy giant on January 25, 1986. Photo by NASA<p>Voyager 2, NASA’s legendary interstellar …


Charon Flyover from New Horizons

What if you could fly over Pluto's moon Charon -- what might you see?


Nasa to wake up New Horizons spacecraft for voyage into mysterious Third Zone

Nasa is to wake up its New Horizons spacecraft next month following a five month hibernation, ahead of a journey deeper into one of the most mysterious regions of the Solar System.<p>New Horizons, which captured incredible images of Pluto in July 2015, was powered down in April to conserve energy as …


The terrifying way our universe will end — and when

Our universe is racing toward its destruction as we speak. The end is not going to be especially pleasant, but when that end will happen is still a point of contention amongst cosmologists. Following is a transcript of the video:<p><i>Everything has a beginning and an end — including our universe. But</i> …


Scientists predict Neptune's chemical make-up

Scientists have helped solve the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of Neptune – the most distant planet in our solar system. A new study sheds …


Researchers and musicians translate the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system into a musical instrument

In February 2017, NASA announced that its Spitzer space telescope had found <b>seven Earth sized exoplanets in orbit around TRAPPIST-1</b>, an ultracool …


Calling all aliens: What's the best way to contact our galactic neighbors?

August 20, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of the the first NASA Voyager mission, which is carrying a golden record filled with …


‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Spoilers: New Promotional Images Released [Photos]

The Walking Dead Season 8 Spoilers New Promotional Images Released Photos<p>What are Father Gabriel and Rick Grimes talking about in ‘The Walking Dead’ …

TV Series

What's The Difference Between A Meteor, Comet And Asteroid?

At approximately 12am tonight, the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower is set to wow the world. Many eyewitnesses will use the words "meteor", "meteorite", …


New Horizons' Next Mission to a 'Provocatively' Shaped Object Just Got Weirder

Two years ago, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto, capturing never-before-seen views of the dwarf planet and its icy heart. Since then, the …


New Horizons’ Next Flyby Target Just Got Weirder!

Since it made its historic flyby of Pluto in July of 2015, the <i>New Horizons</i> mission has been venturing farther into the outer Solar System. With the …