Solar System

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 2, 2019

It’s official: NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has made history

Visiting the most distant object ever. It’s official: NASA’s New Horizons, which visited Pluto back in 2015, has successfully completed a flyby of 2014 MU69—the most distant object […]
January 1, 2019

New Horizons Spacecraft Makes New Year’s Day Flyby of Ultima Thule, the Farthest Rendezvous Ever

LAUREL, Md. — Wow, what a way to ring in the new year. As the world celebrated the start of 2019, scientists with NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft partied […]
December 20, 2018

Meet Farout, the new most distant member of our solar system

It’s the farthest object we’ve ever spotted in our neighborhood. Say hello to 2018 VG18, the most distant solar system object ever spotted. Nicknamed “Farout,” it’s […]
October 24, 2018

Asteroid or Comet? Weird Blue Space Rock ‘Phaethon’ Gets a Close-Up

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A bizarre, blue asteroid that acts like a comet and appears to be responsible for the annual Geminid meteor shower made a close flyby of […]
October 15, 2018

What’s the difference between a comet and an asteroid?

They both orbit the sun, but they’re very different. In our solar system, there are a lot of things that circle, or orbit, around our Sun. […]
September 24, 2018

How Does NASA Search For New Planets and How Do They Find Them?

How does NASA search for new planets, and how do they find them? Sometimes we take for granted all the things we know about our solar […]
September 3, 2018

Planet Nine might be invisible for at least 1,000 years

Scientists have long believed that our solar system might have a ninth planet orbiting well beyond Neptune and Pluto. Scientists hypothesize that the mysterious planet would […]
July 21, 2018

NASA probe designed to ‘touch the sun’ set to launch in early August

A specialized probe 60 years in the making will soon be launching into space on a mission to “touch” our sun for the very first time. […]