Southwest Research Institute

July 6, 2017

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to peer into the depths of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

We’re getting our closest view ever of the 10,000-mile-wide storm. Humankind has been ogling Jupiter’s Great Red Spot through our telescopes for more than 300 years. […]
May 8, 2017

Going Back to Pluto? Scientists to Push for Orbiter Mission

Humanity’s first up-close look at Pluto was so intriguing that some researchers want to go back and spend a lot more time studying the icy world. […]
August 28, 2016

NASA's Juno probe makes its closest approach yet to Jupiter

Soaring about 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) above the planet’s clouds, NASA’s Juno space probe had its closest-ever look at Jupiter Saturday. The pass was the first […]
August 15, 2016

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 virtually all of them come from the […]
August 1, 2016

The Significance of Pluto

I first learned about the Solar System‘s planets when I was six years old. My music teacher conditioned our class to learn their names in the […]
July 13, 2016

New dwarf planet with 'eccentric' orbit unexpectedly discovered by astronomers

Large, looping orbit takes dwarf planet 700 years to travel around the sun A team of astronomers has discovered a new dwarf planet, and they weren’t even […]
July 13, 2016


NASA’s Juno spacecraft arrived in orbit around Jupiter on July 4, to much fanfare and celebration. However, just like the many Americans grilling burgers and hotdogs, Juno […]
November 1, 2015

So – You’re Still Interested in Astronomy?

Hello again. Last time we looked at the amazing satellites surrounding Pluto. This time around we’ll take a look at the moons of the rest of […]
October 25, 2015

Pluto's moon Kerberos finally shows itself

An image of Kerberos, one of the two tiny moons of Pluto, has finally been returned by the US space agency’s New Horizons probe. It shows […]