Solar System

NASA Discovers Eerie-Looking Veil Of Ice Haze Floating Over Pluto NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has given humanity a spectacular new look at Pluto, with each photo divulging fresh information about the mysterious icy world 4.67 billion miles away from Earth.
Dazzling Photos Reveal Giant Peaks On Pluto, Canyons On CharonMankind's first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and canyons on its big moon Charon that appear deeper than those on Earth.
6 Extraterrestrial Surf Spots To Try To Catch An Alien WaveWith all the discoveries about extraterrestrial water this month, the question arose -- where is the BEST place to catch alien waves, assuming you had a "wet suit" to protect you from extreme heat and cold (and give you oxygen), that you could survive a 1-2 year space journey to get there, and had a pretty good sponsor to pony up $10 billion or so. There technically is only one place where the surf truly is up...
NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Closer To Unraveling Mystery Behind Bright Spots On Dwarf Planet CeresScientists are on the edge of their seats as NASA's Dawn spacecraft nears dwarf planet Ceres and the mysterious spots first seen on its surface last month.
NASA’s Kepler Telescope Spots 3 ‘Earth-Like’ PlanetsNASA scientists have identified a whopping 1,000 planets outside the solar system using data from the Kepler telescope, which has recorded thousands more potential planets in our galaxy.
Observers Warned To Not Stare At The Sun During Partial Solar Eclipse Over Bay AreaA partial solar eclipse will be visible from the Bay Area later this month.
StarDate 7/16/2014: Cosmic Missiles Slam Into JupiterOur solar system can be a dangerous place. The most striking evidence of that came 20 years ago today, when the first fragment of a shattered comet blasted the planet Jupiter.
StarDate 7/3/2014: Looking For Fresh IdeasJupiter’s moon Europa is one of the most intriguing bodies in the solar system. Its icy crust appears to cover a global ocean that could be many miles deep.
StarDate 5/21/2014: Looking For Distant NeighborsThe hinterlands of our solar system are tough to study. The objects beyond the realm of the planets are so far and small that it’s difficult to even find them.
StarDate 5/1/2014: Young Planets On The MoveYoung planets are on the move — they may be born far from their stars but quickly move closer. Some may get too close — they may fall into the star and be destroyed.
StarDate 4/30/2014: A Giant Planet Near The Head Of The Water Snake Hydra, the water snake, slithers low across the sky on spring evenings. Its faint head is in the southwest at nightfall. Last year, astronomers reported the discovery of a giant planet orbiting a star that’s not far from the head.
Kepler Telescope Finds Smallest Planet Yet Outside Solar SystemAstronomers have found the smallest planet yet outside of our solar system.