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August 31, 2015

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August 31, 2015

July 13, 2015 — The moment is finally here: after a decade of travel, the New Horizons probe is about to encounter Pluto. Flying faster than a speeding bullet -- literally -- the probe has to perform complex ... read more

June 15, 2015 — As a worldwide audience awaits images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto on July 14, scientists are already are supporting astronomers' understanding of the dwarf ... read more

June 3, 2015 — If you lived on one of Pluto's moons Nix or Hydra, you'd have a hard time setting your alarm clock. That's because you could not know for sure when, or even in which direction, the sun ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Astronomers have identified a young planetary system which may aid in understanding how our own solar system formed and developed billions of years ... read more

May 1, 2015 — For the first time, images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto -- the primary target of the New Horizons close flyby in ... read more

May 1, 2015 — The discovery of a strange exoplanet orbiting very close to a small cool star 500 light years away is challenging ideas about how planets ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small ... read more

Jan. 19, 2015 — As NASA's Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in early December. These are the ... read more

Jan. 15, 2015 — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14 with the ... read more

Oct. 15, 2014 — NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects that the agency's New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July ... read more

Aug. 22, 2014 — NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first close-up look at Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. Like an old film, Voyager's historic footage of Triton has been ... read more

Aug. 5, 2014 — Astronomers are making high-precision measurements of Pluto's location and orbit around the Sun to help NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft accurately home in on its target when it nears Pluto and ... read more

July 1, 2014 — Planetary scientists have successfully used the Hubble Space Telescope to find two Kuiper Belt objects for NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto. After the marathon probe zooms past Pluto in July ... read more

June 16, 2014 — NASA's Hubble Space Telescope will be used to search for a suitable Kuiper Belt object that NASA's New Horizons space probe could visit. It would be our first and perhaps last look at such ... read more

June 13, 2014 — If the icy surface of Pluto's giant moon Charon is cracked, analysis of the fractures could reveal if its interior was warm, perhaps warm enough to have maintained a subterranean ocean of liquid ... read more

Mar. 26, 2014 — The Solar System has a new most-distant member, bringing its outer frontier into focus. New work reports the discovery of a distant dwarf planet, called 2012 VP113, which was found beyond the known ... read more

Jan. 8, 2014 — An object discovered by astrophysicists nearly 500 light years away from the Sun may challenge traditional understandings about how planets and stars form. The object is located near and likely ... read more

Cosmic Dust Belts Without Dust

July 8, 2013 — Planets and asteroids, red giants and brown dwarfs – there are all kinds of objects in our Universe. Debris disks are among them. These are belts consisting of countless dust particles and ... read more

July 2, 2013 — The International Astronomical Union has officially recognized the names Kerberos and Styx for the fourth and fifth moons of Pluto respectively (formerly known as P4 and P5). These names were backed ... read more

Jan. 8, 2013 — Newly released Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut and a mysterious planet circling it may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary ... read more

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