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Comet Sheds Light Into The Origins Of The Solar System, Providing Clues About Its Earliest History

Samples taken from a comet may shed light on just how the solar system formed. The dust particles date from the time of the formation of the solar system and could give clues to the possible origin.

Space March 30, 2018

Neanderthals, Early Humans May Have Seen Alien Star That Sideswiped Solar System 70,000 Years Ago

The Scholz´s star flew by the Solar System and moved comets and asteroids off of orbits 70,000 years ago. The Neanderthals and early humans who looked up the night sky may have seen it as a faint reddish light.

Space March 24, 2018

Space Tesla May Contaminate Mars: Here's How NASA Protects Other Planets From Earth Bacteria

Planetary protection is something that NASA takes seriously. Every interplanetary mission is guided and designed based on planetary protection principles aiming to prevent biological contamination of solar system bodies.

Space March 4, 2018

First Jupiter, Now Neptune's Great Dark Spot Is Shrinking

The news came out that Jupiter would be losing its Great Red Spot, now Neptune's Great Dark Spot is shrinking. Even though it's not as iconic as Jupiter's storm and not the first for Neptune.

Space February 22, 2018

'Make Pluto A Planet Again,' 6-Year-Old Girl Tells NASA

A six-year-old girl from Ireland wrote to NASA, asking the space agency to 'make Pluto a planet again.' The little astronaut wannabe is now the most adorable member of the contingent pushing to give Pluto back its planetary status.

Space February 19, 2018

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster And Its Mannequin Passenger Starman Could Survive Millions Of Years In Space

Elon Musk's Red Tesla Roadster and its passenger Starman will have close encounters with Earth over the next 3 million years. It has 6 percent odds of crashing into the planet over this period.

Space February 17, 2018

NASA Makes History: New Horizons Captures Photos At Greatest Distance From Earth

Last December, the New Horizons spacecraft snapped images of objects along Kuiper Belt. At billions of kilometers away in outer space, these photos set the record for being the farthest to be captured from Earth.

Space February 12, 2018

TRAPPIST-1 Planets Are Rocky And May Have Water

A new study shows that the planets found in the TRAPPIST-1 system are more Earth-like than previously thought. The planets were found to possibly have as much as 250 times more water than Earth.

Space February 8, 2018

Crystals From Extraterrestrial Rocks Contain Building Blocks Of Early Life

20 years after they landed on earth, meteorite fragments studied by scientists were known to contain organic elements considered as ingredients to life. Monahans and Zag meteorites could answer questions if life existed in the early solar system.

Space January 12, 2018

NASA's Juno Captures Close-Up Image Of Jupiter's Colorful Clouds

A striking image of Jupiter's brilliant clouds was captured by the Juno probe. Unlike previous photos, it features the gas planet's northern hemisphere for the first time.

Space January 10, 2018

Extraterrestrial Stone Found In Egypt Contains Compounds Not Found Elsewhere In The Solar System

The Hypatia stone found in Egypt contains compounds not found elsewhere on Earth and even the Solar System. Analysis revealed it also contains minerals that appear to be older than the Sun.

Space January 10, 2018

Mysterious Planet Nine Exists: NASA Close To Finding It, Reassures Us It Won't Hit The Earth

NASA is getting close to finally finding the mysterious Planet Nine, as Caltech researchers have presented new evidence for its existence. NASA also reiterated that Planet Nine, Nibiru, or whatever people want to call it, will not collide with Earth.

Space October 16, 2017

Egg-Shaped Dwarf Planet Haumea Discovered To Have A Ring, The Only One Of Its Kind

Astronomers have discovered the first-ever dwarf planet in the Solar System to be surrounded by a ring. But the question is, how did it even form one of its own?

Space October 12, 2017

Kuiper Belt Tilt Suggests Planet 10 Could Be Lurking At The Edge Of The Solar System

Scientists from the University of Arizona found evidence of a planetary mass object possibly the size of Mars in the outskirts of the Kuiper Belt. Could this be a hidden member of our solar system?

Space June 24, 2017

All Stars Including The Solar System's Sun Likely Born With Twin

New analysis strengthens the "born together" hypothesis, which posits that stars are born with companions. Models even back up the idea that the solar system’s sun has a twin.

Space June 16, 2017

Did The Sun Have A Twin? Scientists Say Yes And It May Have Wiped Out The Dinosaurs

Latest study has led researchers to believe that all stars are born with twins. In the sun's case, Nemesis, as it is called, may have been responsible for the end of the dinosaurs.

Space June 14, 2017

Evidence Points To Jupiter Being The Oldest Planet In The Solar System

What is the oldest planet in the solar system? New evidence suggests Jupiter is older than previously thought and predates other planets.

Space June 14, 2017

Jupiter Adds Two More Moons To Its Collection: Here's What We Know

Jupiter has more moons than any other planet in the solar system, and we keep finding more. Scientists have discovered two more moons in orbit around the gas giant.

Space June 13, 2017

Planet Earth May Have Once Been Donut-Shaped: Study

Earth could have started out as a donut-shaped planetary object made of vaporized and molten rock, which scientists call a synestia. This is how our planet may have looked like in its early history, after it collided with Theia.

Space May 24, 2017

New Frontiers: NASA Receives 12 Proposals For Future Solar System Exploration

NASA is looking forward to the next exploration mission of our solar system and is mulling over a dozen proposals submitted through the New Frontiers Program. This is the program’s fourth robotic probe to be sent into the unknown, destination pending.

Space May 9, 2017

Trappist-1: Could Planets In Recently Discovered Solar System Be Seeding Each Other With Life?

Consequent to the announcement of NASA that seven exoplanets have been discovered, a new study has argued that life forms on one planet can seed life in other planets by riding on space debris to reach other planets.

Space April 30, 2017

This Week, NASA Announces Fresh Discovery On Ocean Worlds In Our Solar System

NASA is holding a major press briefing this week to reveal its newest results on ocean worlds in the solar system. The mysterious event is expected to reveal information that could affect the search for life beyond Earth.

Space April 12, 2017

Astronomers Discover Second Great Spot On Jupiter Which Might Have Been There For Thousands Of Years

Astronomers have discovered another giant spot inside the giant gas planet of our solar system. It’s called the Great Cold Spot, and here are a few things you should know about it.

Space April 12, 2017

Atmosphere Detected On Earth-Like Planet GJ 1132b: How Likely Is It To Host Life?

For the first time, scientists have detected an atmosphere around an exoplanet bolstering the prospects of finding life outside the solar system. Dubbed GJ 1132b, the exoplanet orbits the dwarf star GJ 1132.

Space April 11, 2017

Citizen Scientists Find 4-Planet Solar System In Only 48 Hours

A computer animation of the newly discovered planetary system shows the four exoplanets sit much closer to their star than Mercury to our sun. Part of the Exoplanet Explorers project, this discovery could provide new insights into planet formation.

Space April 8, 2017

NASA Gives Nod For 10 SmallSat Missions To Study Solar System: What Are Their Goals?

NASA has approved to launch 10 small satellite missions to explore the solar system. SmallSats have proven their utility for cutting edge science allowing easy deployment from larger spacecraft to carry out targeted investigations in the inner solar system.

Space March 28, 2017

Solar System Could Have More Than 100 Planets

A group of scientists is proposing a new definition that would classify celestial objects as planets. If the new criteria get adopted, the Solar System could be home of more than 100 planets, which would include the Earth's moon.

Space March 19, 2017

Young Solar System 300 Light-Years Away Shows Scientists How Planets Evolve

Astronomers studying a recently discovered planet gain new insight into how solar systems are formed. Unlike other planets, this one exists outside its debris disk.

Space March 18, 2017

Think You Know Jupiter? Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Giant Planet

In light of Juno's ongoing mission, here are a few things that you may want to know about Jupiter before we get more details from NASA’s spacecraft. Did you know that Jupiter has rings?

Space March 10, 2017

Discovery Of 7 Earth-Like Planets Near Dwarf Star Boosts Search For Alien Life

The characteristics and proximity of the seven exoplanets to their host star TRAPPIST-1 raise possibility for finding extraterrestrial life. What could hint the presence of life in these newly discovered planets?

Space February 22, 2017

Iron Isotopes In Planets Key To Formation Of Solar System

For a deeper understanding of the formation of the solar system, the ratio variations of the iron isotopes in different planets including Earth need to be probed, according to a study. The study looked into why iron isotopic ratios vary and the role that nickel plays in planet core formation.

Space February 22, 2017

Particles Originating Outside Solar System Responsible For Computer Crashes On Earth, Researcher Reveals

A new study asserts that electrically charged particles originating outside our galaxy are responsible for computer crashes. The research reveals that SEU or Single-Event Upsets lead to operational failures in personal devices.

Space February 19, 2017

60 New Planets Found Orbiting Stars Near Solar System

Scientists discovered 60 new exoplanets including a super-Earth orbiting stars near the solar system. How does this challenge conventional ideas about planets?

Space February 16, 2017

Scientists Identify Origin Of Stardust Responsible For Forming Solar System

Scientists have discovered the origin of stardust by which the solar system was made. The long-standing puzzle was solved by an international team of scientists who ran tests in Italy and traced it to AGB stars.

Space February 1, 2017

Is Planet Nine A Rogue Planet Caught By The Solar System?

A new study proposes that Planet Nine could previously be a 'rogue planet,' a free-moving body not bound to any host star, which eventually got snatched into the solar system through the sun’s gravitational pull.

Space January 13, 2017

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Detects Exocomets Falling Toward Young Star

Gas detected by the Hubble Space Telescope hinted the presence of comets falling toward the young star HD 172555. What does the process known as gravitational steering hint about the waters on Earth?

Space January 11, 2017

2 Supermassive Black Holes Found Hiding In Galaxies Near Our Solar System

Using X-ray observations of NuSTAR, Chandra and Suzaku, astronomers found two supermassive black holes hiding in our galaxy's cosmic neighborhood. What prevented scientists from finding these bodies earlier?

Space January 9, 2017

New NASA Missions To Send Robotic Probes To Study Mysterious Asteroids In The Solar System

NASA will send two robotic probes to visit eight asteroids in the Solar System. The Lucy mission will study Jupiter Trojan asteroids and the Psyche mission will study a giant metal asteroid.

Space January 5, 2017

Dwarf Planet Ceres Is Full Of Water: Biggest Asteroid In Solar System Was An Ocean World

Water on dwarf planet Ceres is frozen as ice, but the biggest asteroid in the solar system was once an ocean world. Early in its history, Ceres had water that churned and flowed, helping separate it into layers of rocks and ice.

Space December 16, 2016

ALMA Telescopes Observe Formation Of New Solar System

Thanks to the ALMA Observatory in Chile, researchers were able to observe the initial stages in the formation of a new solar system. How do protostellar systems form?

Space December 15, 2016

Cosmic Dust From Birth Of Solar System Discovered On Rooftops In Paris, Oslo And Berlin

Cosmic dust particles are leftover particles that existed since the formation of the Solar System. These ancient particles were previously found only in Antarctica and the deep ocean.

Space December 6, 2016

New Study Reveals Similarities, Relationships Between Chemicals Found On Comets

A new research has revealed that there are profound similarities and relationships between certain chemicals existing on 30 different comets despite variations in the comets' overall composition. The study is vital in knowing more about the birth of the solar system.

Space December 6, 2016

Astronomers Propose Low-Mass Supernova May Have Triggered The Formation Of The Solar System

How did the solar system form? According to some astronomers, it all began when a dust and gas cloud was disturbed, a process possibly triggered by a low-mass supernova.

Space November 29, 2016

Planet Nine May Be Responsible For Curious Tilt Of Sun In The Solar System

The sun's odd tilt relative to the orbital plane of the other planets could be attributed to a massive object lying in the far outer solar system. The findings support the idea of the existence of the theoretical Planet Nine.

Space October 20, 2016

New Dwarf Planet Discovered In The Solar System: A Friend For Pluto?

A new dwarf planet, named as 2014 UZ224 has been discovered and may join the club of five dwarf planets and give company to Pluto. The new dwarf’s discovery has already been confirmed by the International Astronomical Union.

Space October 12, 2016

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