Solar System

NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless, who died Thursday, gave us one of the best space photos ever

An astronaut floats alone with the blackness of space behind him and the…

Cosmic Watch – A Time Traveller’s Delight

Since I was a child I have always been fascinated with the Cosmos…

New Data From Mars Further Dampens Prospects for Life Around Red Dwarf Stars

Habitability on planets orbiting a star that is cooler and dimmer than our sun appears to be much less…

Canadian astronomer spots ‘visitor’ from beyond our solar system

‘Astronomers have been looking for this for more than a century,’ professor…

International Space Station

What Did It Take to Build the International Space Station?

The International Space Station, also known as the ISS, was a…

Cassini: Saturn probe to set up death plunge

The international Cassini probe at Saturn will execute the course correction on…

Who’s Out There?—Star Chips? (and required reading for students of alife and exobiology)

When I first heard the idea I was appalled. Spend millions of dollars to pepper the vicinity of

Mars May Have Been Born in the Asteroid Belt

Research suggests that gravitational interactions forced Mars out of the asteroid…

TRAPPIST-1 Planets Have No Large Moons, Study Argues

The conditions for habitable exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system…

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…

This Gallery Is Selling Vintage NASA Photos Like High Art

NASA produced these prints for science or souvenirs. Now, they’re objets d’art that…

HOW WE COULD SEE THE NEW ‘EARTH-LIKE’ PLANET UP CLOSE

WE NEED TINY SPACESHIPS. LOTS OF ‘EM. The dramatic announcement that a small rocky…

Earth-like planet found orbiting the star next door

Rocky planet orbits Proxima Centauri, the sun’s nearest neighbour, just 4 light…

Life in the Universe – Fact or Fiction?

Extraterrestrial life has been theorized to exist for centuries. From planets and moons within our own solar system, to…

This Bizarre Meteorite May Be the First to Come From the Outer Solar System

People often speak of meteors and meteorites as if they come from far-flung stars, but the truth is that…

The Significance of Pluto

I first learned about the Solar System‘s planets when I was six years…

Jupiter’s great red spot is mysteriously hot

AND MAY BE GENERATING HEAT IN THE PLANET’S

New Crater On Mars

A new crater was discovered on the surface of

New dwarf planet with ‘eccentric’ orbit unexpectedly discovered by astronomers

Large, looping orbit takes dwarf planet 700 years to travel around the…

CLOUDS OF WATER DETECTED OUTSIDE THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Astronomers have located water clouds around the coldest-known object outside the solar system, a

LISTEN TO THE SOUNDS OF JUPITER CAPTURED BY NASA’S APPROACHING JUNO SPACECRAFT

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to make history…

So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? New Moon Rising?

Hello again. Last time out, we looked at 10 factors conducive to life, and in doing so, found out…

NASA’s Juno could help us understand origins of solar system

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will begin orbiting

The Necessity of Space Exploration

I recently heard a few people talking about how humankind shouldn’t spend such extravagant…

NASA finds cosmic dust speeding through our solar system

NASA just discovered some special particles floating in our cosmic neighborhood. The Cassini spacecraft, which has…

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy – Exoplanets

Hi, Last time, we looked at the main asteroid belt, a feature of the…

Who’s Out There?—Water and Genes, The Odds Go Up (1)

The news keeps pouring in—surprising bits of information about exoplanets and micro-biochemistry that make the existence of life beyond…

Pluto: what are Nasa’s five big discoveries so far?

1. A dwarf planet with remarkable secrets Pluto is too far…

Nasa releases incredible video of flight over dwarf planet Ceres

The space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a detailed animation of what it…

Astronomers discover largest solar system

Astronomers have discovered the largest known solar system, consisting of a large…

Can there really be a planet in our solar system that we don’t know about?

How skeptical should we be, and how will we find out if this mystery

Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto

The solar system appears to have a new ninth planet. Today, two scientists announced evidence that a body nearly…

Study confirms that something’s weird about the ‘alien megastructure’ star

Astronomers really want to know what’s happening around a star that’s 1,480 light-years away. In…

These Are NASA’s ‘Spiders’ on Mars

David Bowie will live on in space, but his lyrics are…

So – You’re Still Interested in Astronomy? The Asteroid Belt

Hello again. Last time we looked at the amazing dwarf planets in our

Dark Energy

The universe, one of the most elusive entities known to the

5 Outta-This-World Room Ideas

Going to space isn’t exactly the easiest process – or the least expensive. But these

Scientists watch cosmic dust transform into newborn planet

The primordial process that turns enormous clouds of cosmic dust into newborn planets…

NASA scientists shocked by what they found on Pluto’s surface

As more New Horizons photos arrive on Earth, NASA scientists are perpetually…

‘Most distant’ Solar System object spied

Astronomers have identified the most distant object yet in the Solar System. Observations…

Molecular oxygen found on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Scientists say they have detected significant amounts of molecular oxygen coming out of a…

Venus, Jupiter and Mars line up for skyline spectacle

Venus, Jupiter and Mars can…

HOW DID THE HALLOWEEN ASTEROID SNEAK UP ON US?

FORTUNATELY IT’S NOT HEADED FOR EARTH! Earth is getting a very large trick-or-treater this…

Depictions of astronomy in movies

Space, the stars and planets have become so commonplace in movies and popular media…

Io—Jupiter’s Volcanic Moon

Io is the fifth moon from Jupiter—the largest planet in our

Fly over Pluto in this new video from NASA and New Horizons

NASA has released some truly stunning images of Pluto…

Triton—Neptune’s Moon

Triton, the son of Poseidon (the Greek equivalent of the 

So – You’re Still Interested in Astronomy? Pluto

Hello again. Last time we looked at the amazing satellites surrounding Neptune. This time around we’ll take a look at…

New Horizons: Pluto probe’s next target chosen

Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has a new…

Planets: Gliese 581 c

Mankind has been tirelessly searching for planets that support or can support various forms of life, and

Beyond Pluto: 5 things left to explore in our solar system

With New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto, spacecraft launched by humans have now visited the…

Exoplanet TrES- 2b

Every planet has some feature distinctive to it that makes it a source of enigma. In this case, the…

The Boomerang Nebula

  The Boomerang Nebula   Nebulae have always been sources of mystique to astronomers and scientists. A nebula is an

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…

NASA’s New Horizons Pluto mission offers a successful ‘Apollo moment’

Nearly five billion kilometres from Earth, an intrepid

Why is Pluto no longer a planet?

Nasa’s New Horizons mission will fly past

New Horizons: Pluto map shows ‘whale’ of a feature

It unwraps the visible parts of the sphere on to a flat projection, giving another view of the features…

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy: The Moons of Neptune.

So – You’re Still Interested in Astronomy? Hello again. Last time, we looked at the incredible moons of Uranus. As promised,…

Multiple studies address riddles of the Moon’s origin

The Moon may have been formed by a collision between Earth and an…

Boldly go explore an asteroid with NASA’s Vesta Trek

NASA has announced the release of Vesta Trek, a…

The Moon’s two-night encounter with Jupiter

Despite being closest to Earth last month, the

Alien star system buzzed the Sun

An alien star passed through our Solar System just 70,000 years ago, astronomers have discovered. No other star…

Here Are NASA’s Plans to Send a Submarine to Titan

If we’re ever going to explore the only celestial body in our

Kepler telescope identifies ancient solar system

New Horizons probe eyes Pluto for historic encounter

A Nasa probe is to start photographing the icy world of Pluto, to prepare itself for a…

Nasa produces vintage travel posters for newly discovered planets

The US space agency has created a series of striking travel…

Who’s Out There—The Probability For Exolife Rises

Looking back at the year 2014—some breakthroughs in both biochemistry and astronomy have made the prospects for finding life more…

Alien hunters spot a ‘COFFIN’ on Mars – and they want Nasa to take a closer look

From fossilised iguanas to Obama’s head, conspiracy theorists appear to have found all manner of things on

NASA craft to probe Pluto after nine-year journey

Washington (AFP) – An American…

Rosetta: Comet lander Philae now stable

The robot probe Philae that made a historic comet landing is now stable after initially failing to…

Rosetta mission: Radio hook-up made to comet robot

A key milestone has been reached in the quest to land a spacecraft on a comet. Controllers say…

Habitable ‘Goldilocks’ planet not a real planet after all

WASHINGTON — A new study says a

Kickstarting the Youngest Astronomers with “Universe in a Box”

Most children are naturally interested in science. And if you’ve ever heard a five-year-old recite complicated dinosaur…

So – you’re still interested in astronomy? Uranus

Hi everyone. As you know, last time we took a look at 10 things you wanted to know about…

How Many Moons Does Venus Have?

There are dozens upon dozens of moons in the Solar System,…

Is there anybody out there? New planet could hold life

Main Picture: the artist’s concept depicts Kepler-186f , the first validated earth-size

So – you’re still interested in astronomy? Neptune

Hello again. If you remember, last time we took a look at 10 things you wanted to know about…

So – you’re still interested in astronomy?

Hello again. If you remember, last time we took a look at 10 things you wanted to know about…

So – you’re still interested in astronomy? Mercury

If you remember, last time we took a look at 10 things you wanted to know about

So – you’re still interested in astronomy? Venus

So – you’re still interested in astronomy? If you remember, last time we took a look at 10 things you…

Gaia: Huge Billion-Star Telescope Launched

The world’s most powerful satellite camera has been launched into space aboard a rocket. The £620m

Welcome 2014, Here’s 14 Facts About Astronauts and Space

2014 is just around the corner, and every year we’re finding new and fascinating things about space! To celebrate…

NASA Detects Water on Five Planets

So – you’re still interested in astronomy? The Asteroid Belt

If you remember, last time we took a look at 10 things you wanted to know about

‘FREAKISH’ SPACE OBJECT sighted by Hubble telescope

A bizarre object far beyond the orbit of Mars, described by

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…

Dwarf Planet Ceres May Harbor Life

In the frenzy to find life elsewhere in the solar system,

So – you’re still interested in astronomy?

So – you’re still interested in astronomy? If you remember, last time we took a look at 10 things you…

Voyager’s Great Leap

Has Voyager 1 finally left the Solar…

Interstellar Space Travel Conference Warps Into Houston This Week

Move over, Scotty: Some real-life engineers and scientists are flocking to Houston this…

NASA’s Plutonium Problem Could End Deep-Space Exploration

In 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft left Earth…

Turns Out Deep Space Makes The Creepiest Sound

In space, no one can hear you scream. But oh, you’ll be screaming, because it…

Voyager probe ‘leaves Solar System’

The Voyager-1 spacecraft has become the first manmade object to leave the…

Three of the Biggest Storms in Our Solar System that Don’t Mess Around

Mother nature can be unforgiving when it comes to a storm that can wipe out your city. However, storms…

So, You’re Interested in Astronomy?

Hello again, and welcome back to – So, You’re Interested in Astronomy? If you remember, so far we’ve looked at…

NASA releases animation of mission to capture asteroid

TORONTO – Heading to an asteroid to mine…

This date in science: NASA launched Voyager 2 space probe

August 20, 1977. NASA launched the…

Who’s Out There—On Venus?

After landing on the surface of Venus in December 1970, the Soviet’s 

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

About 57 light years from Earth, astronomers have discovered…

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…

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