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Say hello to MK 2, our solar system’s newest moon

Say hello to MK 2, our solar system’s newest moon Some in the scientific community are still trying to do an exhaustive search of our own solar system, however, especially in the little-known area beyond Neptune.This week, NASA announced a new discovery in that effort to catalog local wanderers: a new moon they’ve nicknamed MK 2.

Red Dwarf: Planet beyond Neptune confirmed as third-largest in the solar system

Red Dwarf: Planet beyond Neptune confirmed as third-largest in the solar system Astronomers have confirmed that the dwarf planet 2007 OR10 is one of the largest objects beyond the orbit of Neptune that we’re currently aware of.By using these two sources, the researchers were able to confirm that 2007 OR10 is larger than we first thought, with a much slower rotation period.

Pluto’s smooth surface is probably a sea of slow-flowing nitrogen ice

Pluto’s smooth surface is probably a sea of slow-flowing nitrogen ice A pair of studies have just been published that could offer an explanation — convecting nitrogen ice.On Pluto, it’s well below the freezing point of nitrogen, so you’d naturally expect to find some nitrogen ice.

Pluto may still have a subsurface liquid ocean

Not only is the topography unique and the atmosphere cloudy, but Pluto may even have a liquid ocean.A new analysis of Pluto suggests that the subsurface ocean that gave rise to some of its geological anomalies could still be sloshing around down there.

Unexpected, mysterious x-rays found emanating from Pluto

Unexpected, mysterious x-rays found emanating from Pluto The image above may look like a blue blob, but it’s actually the dwarf planet Pluto.If this is confirmed, Pluto would be the most distant x-ray source in the solar system.

This week in space: lots of things about planets we don't live on

This week in space: lots of things about planets we don't live on There are three kinds of space weather: photons, plasma and protons.“These protons may be the biggest challenge of getting humans to Mars and back healthy,” Rodney Viereck, a physicist with NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, told NPR’s Morning Edition.

Cold, mysterious, and also sad: this week in space

Cold, mysterious, and also sad: this week in space Navy, [he] left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon.In this case, the wave may form as the lower atmosphere flows over mountains on Venus’ surface.

This week in space: Pluto, Europa, and 96 Planet nanosats

This week in space: Pluto, Europa, and 96 Planet nanosats ” Counting the 96 new ones, that brings Planet’s constellation to 149, which is also a world record.The latest news on Proxima b is that scientists have revised the odds on its habitability, probably downward.

We're so close to getting a crater named after Luke Skywalker

We're so close to getting a crater named after Luke Skywalker The IAU's naming scheme for Charon would allow scientists to name features on the moon after "fictional and mythological voyagers, travelers and explorers," according to NASA.So yes, you guessed it, this means that Skywalker Crater — which is a provisional name for one of Charon's holes in the ground — could become a reality.

Possible Mars-sized Planet Detected in the Outer Solar System

Possible Mars-sized Planet Detected in the Outer Solar System A new paper published in the Astronomical Journal suggests that the unusual tilt of some Kuiper Belt objects could be explained by a Mars-sized planet lurking in the outer solar system.None of these are considered to be Kuiper Belt objects, all of which sit considerably closer to the sun.

NASA video lets you soar over Pluto and its moon

NASA video lets you soar over Pluto and its moon Using data from the New Horizons spacecraft and digital elevation models of both the planet and its largest moon, Charon, scientists were able to develop these awesome flyover movies.A flight over Pluto shows the highlands and the planet's nitrogen icy plain, Sputnik Planitia.

Why the Earth is the only planet that has total solar eclipses

Why the Earth is the only planet that has total solar eclipses There are other planets that have solar eclipses, but earth is the only solid planet where you can view a total solar eclipse.Neil deGrasse Tyson sat down with Meteorologist Joe Rao to discuss more about this earthly phenomena.

NASA's New Horizons Probe Wakes Up to Study Kuiper Belt

NASA's New Horizons Probe Wakes Up to Study Kuiper Belt More than three and a half billion miles away, NASA’s New Horizons probe has woken up from its long slumber, ready to take on a new mission in the outer reaches of the solar system.Now it’s on toward other Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), which could tell us even more about the solar system than Pluto did.