International Astronomical Union

February 5, 2019

What will we name the solar system’s next planet?

Even in space, bureaucracy exists. In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a “dwarf planet.” This had two main effects on our solar system: it reduced the number of […]
January 4, 2019

NASA’s New Horizons Promises a Treasure Trove of Data on Ultima Thule

It will take 20 months to receive all of the spacecraft’s data on the distant world, which could offer insights into the formation of our solar […]
March 4, 2017

Pluto Could Be Made A Planet Again, Along With 102 Other Celestial Bodies

According to this new definition, if Pluto becomes a planet, then our moon will too! Way back in 2015, NASA’s New Horizon’s mission flew by the […]
December 14, 2015

NASA’s 5 fun facts about the Geminid meteor shower

The skies will be lit up on Sunday night during the best night of the year’s best meteor shower, but what do you actually know about the […]
July 19, 2015

Here's what it took to get New Horizons to Pluto

Science is hard and good science is harder — it takes persistence and tons of patience. When we began planning a mission to Pluto over 15 […]
July 14, 2015

NASA probe braces for first close-up photos of Pluto

As a spacecraft passes Pluto for the first time, the first close-up photos of the relatively unknown dwarf planet will be broadcasted to the world. After […]
July 13, 2015

Why is Pluto no longer a planet?

Nasa’s New Horizons mission will fly past Pluto this week. For more than 70 years, Pluto was one of nine planets recognised in our Solar System. […]
November 3, 2013

Rare solar eclipse in America, Europe and Africa

A rare solar eclipse allowing a view of the Sun that is totally or partially blocked out by the Moon is under way. It was first […]
August 7, 2013

So…. You're Still Interested In Astronomy?

If you remember, last time we took a look at 10 things you might want to know about our Solar System. Not only did we found […]