solar system

mercury

Humanity’s Next Mission to Mercury Will Test Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

BepiColombo is scheduled to launch from French Guiana at 9:45 PM ET on October 19.
Becky Ferreira
10.19.18
Space

Search for Planet Nine Turns Up Dwarf Planet at the Edge of Our Solar System

The world called 'Goblin' orbits about two times farther from the Sun than Pluto—and that's at its nearest point.
Becky Ferreira
10.2.18
astronomy

Twelve New Moons Discovered Orbiting Jupiter

The moons were discovered serendipitously while astronomers hunted for the hypothetical Planet Nine.
Becky Ferreira
7.17.18
Bygone Planets

These Alien Diamonds Belonged to a Lost Mars-Sized World

Earth survived the solar system’s tumultuous infancy more or less intact. Other planets were not so lucky.
Becky Ferreira
4.17.18
discoveries

This Spliff-Shaped Interstellar Asteroid Just Buzzed by Earth

‘Oumuamua’s bizarre dimensions have “never been seen in our own solar system.”
Becky Ferreira
11.20.17
future Earth

How Far into the Future Can Total Solar Eclipses Be Predicted?

The Moon is slowly distancing itself from Earth, which means total solar eclipses have an expiration date.
Becky Ferreira
8.18.17
space sludge

Asteroids Started Out as Space Mud, a New Theory Suggests

This is weird.
Kate Lunau
7.14.17
space computers

How the Humble CPU Launched NASA’s Golden Age of Space Exploration

Even today, retro-computing is carrying humanity to the edge of interstellar space.
John Wenz
5.28.17
Cosmic Jam Band

The TRAPPIST-1 Star System Is Alive With the Sound of Music

“The goal is try to convert as many things in space into music as possible.”
Becky Ferreira
5.10.17
ALIENS

We Have Strong Evidence Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Can Support Microbial Alien Life

Scientists find potential evidence of methanogenesis, a biological process, on Saturn’s moon Enceladus—which means methane-breathing aliens could be chilling there.
Becky Ferreira
4.13.17
Walking on Sunshine

Humanity Will 'Touch the Sun' with the Fastest Spacecraft Ever Made

The most ambitious NASA mission you’ve never heard of.
Becky Ferreira
4.8.17
RIP Spaceship

Watch NASA’s Tribute to Its Doomed Saturn Orbiter, and Cry for Our Robot Friends

On September 15, Cassini will throw itself into Saturn after nearly 20 years in space.
Becky Ferreira
4.4.17
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