NGTS-4b is a rogue exoplanet located some 920 light-years away from Earth, in a region known as the Neptunian Desert. It is believed to be 20 percent smaller than Neptune but is about three times the size of the human world.
Space May 30, 2019
Neptune's largest moon Triton has a rare mix of carbon monoxide and nitrogen ice on its surface. Researchers used the Gemini Observatory's telescope in Chile to study the distant object.
Space May 24, 2019
A team of scientists observed the formation and development of a Great Dark Spot on the southern hemisphere of Neptune using data from Hubble. Understanding the conditions of the ice giant could aid in the study of exoplanets.
Space March 26, 2019
A team of researchers published a paper describing a small moon currently in orbit around Neptune. Hippocamp, named after a Greek mythological creature, is Neptune's 14th and smallest moon.
Space February 21, 2019
Neptune is sporting a 'mysterious dark vortex' in the latest photograph released by NASA. According to the U.S. space agency, the spot is a storm that pulls dark materials from the deeper part of the atmosphere.
Space February 9, 2019
ESO's ground-based Very Large Telescope in Chile captured a remarkably sharp and more detailed image of the planet Neptune. Scientists used laser tomography to correct distortions caused by the Earth's atmosphere.
Space July 19, 2018
New evidence shows that Planet Nine may not exist after all and collective gravity may be to blame for some of the evidence of the missing planet. This would throw off calculations expecting a planet.
Space June 4, 2018
A five-year survey of the outer reaches of the solar system has led scientists to discover as many as 840 previously unknown small planets. They believe there could be as many as 90,000 little icy worlds more.
Space May 29, 2018
Scientists have theorized that there may be a ninth planet in the solar system due to strange orbits that many Trans Neptunian objects have. One of those objects may have just delivered evidence of a ninth planet.
Space May 17, 2018
Scientists have discovered the first carbon-rich asteroid found in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. The asteroid has originally formed between Mars and Jupiter.
Space May 10, 2018
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
A mysterious storm in Neptune that is the size of China and believed to smell like rotten eggs is dying. The reason for this is unknown, along with any other details about the dark vortex.
Space February 18, 2018
Scientists have recently created superionic ice on Earth, believed to be found on icy giant planets. It is a strange form of ice that is simultaneously liquid and solid.
Material Science February 8, 2018
Ice worlds beyond the orbit of Neptune known as Trans-Neptunian Objects may have liquid oceans beneath their icy surface, a NASA study suggested. If correct, this could impact our search for potentially habitable worlds in the Solar System.
Space December 3, 2017
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
Astronomers from UC Berkeley visiting the Keck Observatory spotted a massive new storm system in Neptune. The strange bright storm is as wide as Earth.
Space August 5, 2017
Planet Nine may not exist, but that doesn't mean there are only eight planets in our solar system. The orbit of certain celestial bodies suggests there might be a smaller planet at the edge of our solar system.
Space June 24, 2017
NASA is currently planning a mission to Mars, but they're looking beyond that. One mission takes a spacecraft to the ice giants Neptune or Uranus.
Space June 23, 2017
The discovery of more objects beyond Neptune has strengthened hopes of locating the elusive Planet Nine. The presence of three more trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), in addition to the existing six, supports evidence about Planet Nine’s existence.
Space October 27, 2016
Uranus and Neptune may be hiding some extraordinary compounds within them. According to researchers, certain compounds only manifest under high-pressure conditions, which is typical for the interiors of the planets.
Space September 7, 2016
The trans-Neptunian object called Niku orbits the sun in a plane tilted 110 degrees to the plane of the rest of the bodies in the solar system and orbits backwards. Is the hypothetical Planet Nine responsible for this odd behavior?
Space August 12, 2016
A new dwarf planet situated in the disk of icy worlds beyond Neptune has been detected by an international team of scientists. The dwarf planet is designated 2015 RR245.
Space July 12, 2016
Neptune has developed a new dark vortex, whipping around the planet. The mighty storm has just been imaged by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope.
Space June 23, 2016
The infant super-Neptune K2-33b is the youngest fully formed planet found orbiting an alien star. The exoplanet is estimated to be only between 5 to 10 million years old.
Space June 21, 2016
Planet nine may orbit in the depths of the solar system, frigid and massive. What would conditions be like on this frozen world?
Space April 7, 2016
NASA said that there is no actual proof yet that Planet 9 exists - it remains a theory up to this day. Computer simulations, however, recently attributed the alignment of some bodies beyond Neptune to the effects of a planet about 30 billion kilometers from the sun.
Space February 1, 2016
Will NASA be headed to Uranus or Neptune next? The agency is in the process of studying its options to decide on its next flagship mission.
Space August 26, 2015
Alien life may, one day, be found on mini-Neptunes, former gas giants shaped by their suns into habitable worlds. How would this process work?
Space January 29, 2015
Planetary formation in super-Earths circling distant stars has been modeled by physicists using powerful lasers. What surprising results did the experiment reveal?
Space January 23, 2015
Exoplanet discovery could shed light of origins of "ice giants" Uranus and Neptune in our own solar system, astronomers say. Distant planet detected in a binary star system in our Milky Way galaxy.
Space October 17, 2014
Water vapor has been seen in the atmosphere of exoplanet HAT-P-11b, along with unusually clear skies. Could alien life exist there?
Space September 25, 2014
Both Neptune and Uranus are mysteries, at least when it comes to how they formed. However, after studying these two planets' positions in the Solar System, researchers suggest a new explanation.
Geek September 23, 2014
New Horizons, headed to Pluto, has just passed the orbit of Neptune, setting a new speed record for the journey.
Space August 27, 2014
New Horizons crosses Neptune's orbit while traveling to Pluto for a terrestrial landing.
Internet Culture August 26, 2014
New Horizons spacecraft of NASA has crossed the orbit of Neptune as it’s on its way to exploring Pluto. Scientists expect the exploration to be full of surprises.
Space August 26, 2014
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft crossed Neptune's orbit today on August 25, the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2's crossing of Neptune in 1989.
Space August 25, 2014
The footage taken by NASA's Voyager 2 has been restored by a scientist to create a color map of Triton, which is Neptune's biggest moon. The recreated map has enhanced colors to highlight the contrasts and show similarities with Pluto.
Space August 25, 2014
Triton has been imaged like never before, from images taken 25 years ago by Voyager 2.
Space August 24, 2014
Restoration of 1989 flyby footage yields best look ever at Neptune's moon Triton. New images shows similarities to Pluto, a target for another NASA flyby in 2015.
Space August 22, 2014
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