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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

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

Feb. 12, 2014 — More than 400 years after its discovery by Galileo, the largest moon in the solar system has finally claimed a spot on the map. A team of scientists has produced the first global geologic map of ... 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

May 29, 2013 — From a distance, most of the Saturnian moon Dione resembles a bland cueball. Thanks to close-up images of a 500-mile-long (800-kilometer-long) mountain on the moon from NASA's Cassini ... read more

Dec. 4, 2012 — Two researchers have recently proposed the first ever model explaining how the great majority of regular satellites in our solar system were formed out of planet rings. The model, the only one of its ... read more

Nov. 21, 2012 — Dwarf planet Makemake is about two thirds of the size of Pluto, and travels around the Sun in a distant path that lies beyond that of Pluto but closer to the Sun than Eris, the most massive known ... read more

Nov. 8, 2012 — Every six seconds, for many millions of years, comets have been colliding near a star visible to the naked eye, astronomers ... read more

Oct. 16, 2012 — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is now almost seven years into its 9.5-year journey across the solar system to explore Pluto and its system of moons. Just over two years from now, in January ... read more

Sep. 26, 2012 — Despite being infamously demoted from its status as a major planet, Pluto (and its largest companion Charon) recently posed as a surrogate extrasolar planetary system to help astronomers produce ... read more

July 11, 2012 — A team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to ... read more

Apr. 27, 2012 — Data from NASA's Cassini mission reveal Saturn's moon Phoebe has more planet-like qualities than previously thought. Scientists had their first close-up look at Phoebe when Cassini began ... read more

Dec. 20, 2011 — Astronomers have discovered a strong ultraviolet-wavelength absorber on Pluto's surface, providing new evidence that points to the possibility of complex hydrocarbon and/or nitrile molecules ... read more

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