Solar System

NASA’s Dawn Probe Prepares for its Closest Encounter Ever with Dwarf Planet Ceres
June 02, 2018
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NASA’s Dawn Probe Prepares for its Closest Encounter Ever with Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn probe is currently orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres. In early June, it will enter lowest ever orbit around Ceres. This month, Dawn will get to its final orbit around Ceres. It will enter an elliptical path that will take the probe 10 times closer to the surface than it’s ever been. The probe will orbit less than...

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Astronomers Explain How Pluto Dunes Form Without Wind
May 31, 2018
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Astronomers Explain How Pluto Dunes Form Without Wind

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto in July 2015, thus, finding dunes. But, how can dunes form without wind? Well, they are not sand dunes. Astronomers have recently discovered surprising evidence for methane Pluto dunes. Pluto’s dunes appear truly Earthly. They’re situated parallel to the edges of the...

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Rosetta Explains Origins of Sunrise Jets on Comet 67P
May 23, 2018
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Rosetta Explains Origins of Sunrise Jets on Comet 67P

Astronomers are studying data collected by the Rosetta probe. Therefore, better understanding the factors responsible for the formation of sunrise jets on Comet 67P. The sunrise jets are unique dust and gas jets. Comets emit them. The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany is leading a study, also...

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Here’s Why Saturn’s Moons have a Weird Shape
May 22, 2018
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Here’s Why Saturn’s Moons have a Weird Shape

A new study details the history of Saturn’s moons. The small inner moons of Saturn look like giant ravioli or baguette. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has studied the ringed planet up close for 13 years. It has also revealed their spectacular eerie shapes. The legendary spacecraft took images that got planetary...

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First Interstellar Immigrant in Jupiter’s Orbit
May 22, 2018
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First Interstellar Immigrant in Jupiter’s Orbit

Astronomers spot another interstellar asteroid in our solar system. This one is more like the first interstellar immigrant. This asteroid has come from another star system. However, a study suggests that it has since been hiding out in Jupiter’s orbit. The study was published today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal...

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On This Day May 20, 1978 NASA Launches Pioneer Venus 1
May 20, 2018
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On This Day May 20, 1978 NASA Launches Pioneer Venus 1

Pioneer Venus mission consisted of two spacecraft, the orbiter, and the multiprobe which launched separately to study Venus.  The Pioneer Venus 1 (also known as the Pioneer Venus orbiter) was the first of two spacecraft. NASA launched it on May 20, 1978, from the Kennedy Space Center aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket. The...

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New Beautiful Photo of Saturn’s Three Moons
May 13, 2018
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New Beautiful Photo of Saturn’s Three Moons

Even though Cassini has finished its mission, NASA is still releasing new photos. So, this one shows Saturn’s beautiful rings and amazing three moons. NASA’s legendary Cassini spacecraft finished its mission on 15 September 2017, plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere. However, NASA is still releasing spectacular...

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Uranus’ Cloud Tops Smell Rotten Eggs
April 24, 2018
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Uranus’ Cloud Tops Smell Rotten Eggs

An international team of astronomers using the Gemini North Telescope on Hawaii’s Maunakea have detected hydrogen sulfide. This gas gives rotten eggs their unpleasant smell. They have detected this kind of gas throughout the upper atmosphere of Uranus. Scientists have long debated whether hydrogen sulfide or ammonia dominate...

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Football Field Asteroid Flies Through the Earth-Moon Orbit
April 16, 2018
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Football Field Asteroid Flies Through the Earth-Moon Orbit

On Sunday (April 15), a football field asteroid buzzed by Earth. Astronomers call it 2018 GE3 and it’s one of the largest asteroids to pass that close to Earth. 2018 GE3, made its closest approach to Earth at around 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT). At its closest point, the giant object was just 119,500 miles away from...

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Astronomers Give Official Names to Landmarks on Pluto’s Moon Charon
April 14, 2018
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Astronomers Give Official Names to Landmarks on Pluto’s Moon Charon

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has approved the official names for landmarks on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon.  So, earlier this week astronomers have announced approval of different names for a dozen craters, canyons, and other surface features on Charon. The New Horizons spacecraft is the legendary probe...

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