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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.

Science fiction becomes science fact with a better look at Jupiter’s moon Io

Science fiction becomes science fact with a better look at Jupiter’s moon Io New research from the Southwest Research Institute shows that exactly that process is happening on Io, except on a daily basis.But for two hours out of every day on Io, when Jupiter eclipses the Sun and its warmth, the moon’s surface temperature plummets from the positively summery -235F to a frigid -270F.

Scientists advance theory that the Moon is made of many smaller moonlets

Scientists advance theory that the Moon is made of many smaller moonlets But every good theory advances us closer to the much-sought-after point where our predictions and our observations agree.The latest, which is still open for debate: the Moon may have coalesced out of many smaller moonlets produced by many smaller impacts.

Astronomers may have figured out why alien planets lack exomoons

Astronomers may have figured out why alien planets lack exomoons Astronomers have found a great many exoplanets out there among the stars, but one thing they have not found is exomoons.There’s no evidence of moons orbiting any of the planets we’ve found orbiting other stars, and it’s not clear why.

Scientists Detect Giant Waves of Lava on Jupiter's Moon Io

Scientists Detect Giant Waves of Lava on Jupiter's Moon Io Jupiter’s moon Io would be a terrible place to visit, with active volcanoes and planes of sulfur-dioxide frost.As Europa slid across Io (right), astronomers took readings with the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO) in Arizona.

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.