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NASA celebrates the Fourth of July with the arrival of its next-gen Jupiter probe

NASA celebrates the Fourth of July with the arrival of its next-gen Jupiter probe Thus was born the name for NASA’s Jupiter-exploring space probe, which just reached the gas giant this Fourth of July.The main goal of Juno is to better understand the evolution of Jupiter, and to use that to better understand the evolution of the solar system.

New data from Cassini reveals Titan has canyons filled with liquid methane

New data from Cassini reveals Titan has canyons filled with liquid methane It’s hard to describe Titan without getting a little breathless — the place is a little like Earth’s “upside down.As hydrocarbon rain turns into rivers and carve through the surface, canyons proportionate to our Grand Canyon run with flowing methane.

New evidence strengthens the case for ‘Planet 9’ in the outer solar system

New evidence strengthens the case for ‘Planet 9’ in the outer solar system In fact, we aren’t 100% sure we’ve found all the planets in our own solar system.In a new study published in The Astronomical Journal, scientists present compelling evidence for the existence of a large planet orbiting at the edge of the solar system.

The giant impact that created the Moon also seeded Earth with life-giving carbon

The giant impact that created the Moon also seeded Earth with life-giving carbon The story goes like this: About four and a half billion years ago, the Earth first settled together into a planet.According to the giant impact hypothesis, that massive body was Theia, and the impact sent a bolus of mashed-together molten planet sloshing into space, where it coalesced into the Moon.

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.

Earth is no longer the only planet with confirmed geological activity

Earth is no longer the only planet with confirmed geological activity And now, brand new insights into Mercury have confirmed Earth isn’t even the only geologically active planet.It’s not surprising that planets in general would have this attribute, but for Mercury scientists it is a surprise.

Closest exoplanet Proxima b remains mysterious, in the absence of direct observation

Closest exoplanet Proxima b remains mysterious, in the absence of direct observation The best we can do right now is make some educated guesses about conditions on Proxima b.According to researchers at France’s CNRS, there’s at least a possibility that Proxima b has liquid oceans on the surface.

NASA develops model to predict global dust storms on Mars

NASA develops model to predict global dust storms on Mars That’s why understanding the massive dust storms that can sometimes engulf the entire planet is so important.A new model of Mars’ dust storms has been published, and we’ll know in a few months if it can predict the next global storm.

Planet nine might be pulling our solar system out of alignment

Planet nine might be pulling our solar system out of alignment Their observations indicate that planet nine could be causing a “wobble” in the solar system.While we can’t see planet nine, astronomers have detected a number of bizarre effects in the solar system that could be explained by the object.

Scientists identify missing mass in Earth's core

Scientists identify missing mass in Earth's core Contrary to what the money-losing 2003 film “The Core” would have you believe, we have no way to access the Earth’s core directly.Now, a new study from researchers at Tohoku University in Japan may have identified the core’s missing mass as silicon.

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.

Earth's crust bears the scars of bombardment by shattered cores of failed planets

Earth's crust bears the scars of bombardment by shattered cores of failed planets William Bottke presented details from his ongoing research on the Earth’s history of getting smashed with debris.By “elsewhere,” he means from a population of failed planets whose cores never got the chance to become fully formed.

Remembering the Original Planets of Star Wars

Remembering the Original Planets of Star Wars When Disney and Kathleen Kennedy took over the Star Wars franchise in 2012, Kathleen and Force Awakens director JJ Abrams were asked if any already existing planets would appear in future films.Abrams told fans that no existing planets would show up, at least in his film.

Scientists need your help to find the mysterious planet they suspect is lurking in our solar system

Scientists need your help to find the mysterious planet they suspect is lurking in our solar system The website, called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, asks people to look through flipbooks of images to try to find "failed stars," known as brown dwarfs, or even the elusive "Planet 9" — a theoretical planet thought to circle the sun from the reaches of the solar system.Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 should help add to the automated searches for these objects already underway.

Listen up: NASA wants to talk about a ‘discovery beyond our solar system’

Listen up: NASA wants to talk about a ‘discovery beyond our solar system’ These planets orbiting stars outside our solar system have fascinated astronomers for decades.The agency said yesterday it will host a news conference on Wednesday to discuss recent discoveries of planets beyond our solar system.

7 planets orbiting a star 39 light-years away could play host to alien life

7 planets orbiting a star 39 light-years away could play host to alien life Scientists have discovered that at least seven Earth-sized worlds circle the star TRAPPIST-1, a ultracool dwarf star only about 40 light-years from Earth.Just like Jupiter's moons, the planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1 all interact with one another, meaning that their orbits are influenced by one another.

NASA just discovered 7 Earth-sized exoplanets in the habitable zone of a dwarf star

NASA just discovered 7 Earth-sized exoplanets in the habitable zone of a dwarf star Seven Earth-sized planets have been discovered around a star 39 light-years away by a team behind NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.Three of these were found to orbit the star’s “Goldilocks zone,” the single largest haul of potentially habitable planets around a single star.

The alien planets of TRAPPIST-1 are already inspiring great art, poetry, and writing

The alien planets of TRAPPIST-1 are already inspiring great art, poetry, and writing In general, basically any photo or picture you see of TRAPPIST-1 and its planets is art in some form.NASA's also released a "travel poster" advertising (fake) tourist trips to "planet hop" around the TRAPPIST-1 star system.