It doesn't seem possible for liquid water to exist in frigid Pluto, yet hidden ocean is believed to exist within the dwarf planet. New research suggests an insulating layer of gas could be keeping water from freezing beneath the surface.
New Horizons mission scientists found traces of water ice, methanol, and organic materials on the surface of Ultima Thule. The Kuiper Belt object is the farthest ever explored by the spacecraft.
As corporations set their sights on space, scientists call for laws to prevent human exploitation of the solar system's resources. After all, just one-eighth of the asteroid belt could provide more iron for humanity than the Earth could provide.
Space May 13, 2019
Scientists claimed that a neutron star collision near the early Solar System triggered the process that created plutonium and other heavy elements on Earth. In a study, they detailed how the event shaped the composition of the solar system.
Space May 2, 2019
Pluto's atmosphere is only years away from an atmospheric collapse due to seasonal changes and freezing conditions. By 2030, scientists predict the dwarf planet's atmosphere to have completely collapsed into frost.
Space April 29, 2019
Could life have preceded the planets? Scientists say yes, adding that primitive cosmic objects may have even seeded Earth with life in its early years.
Space April 26, 2019
NASA scientists revealed that like Earth, Mercury has a liquid outer core and a solid inner core. The team used data from the previous MESSENGER mission to figure out the secrets underneath the smallest planet in the solar system.
Space April 20, 2019
The ancient building blocks of a comet has been found sealed inside a pristine meteorite billions of years old. A peek into the early solar system, this fragment contains many clues about cosmic history.
Space April 16, 2019
Scientists announced a campaign to give 2007 OR10, a dwarf planet, a proper name. The public can vote between three preselected names associated with mythological figures from April 9 to May 10, 2019.
Space April 13, 2019
The last piece of a dead planet orbits a stellar corpse more than 400 light-years away. Is this what the future of the solar system could look like? Astronomers take a peek.
Space April 5, 2019
Jupiter landed on its orbit after wandering from an origin that is four times further away from its current distance to the sun. The Trojan asteroids adjacent to this gas giant provided clues about its migration.
Space March 28, 2019
For the first time, astronomers were able to directly observe a planet outside the Milky Way. Experts used an innovative technique involving four telescopes to disentangle the blinding lights from the planet's parent star.
Space March 27, 2019
A pair of solar scientists found Mercury's dust ring while searching for the dust-free region around the sun. The study could aid scientists to understand how planets formed in the solar system billions of years ago.
Space March 13, 2019
Astronomers used new computer models to have an updated insight of Planet Nine. In a new study, they said the elusive could be five to 10 times as massive as Earth.
Space March 2, 2019
FarFarOut is 140 times farther away from the sun than Earth, according to scientists. The new object could help scientists finally confirm the existence of the hypothesized ninth planet of the solar system, Planet X.
Space February 22, 2019
Zwicky Transient Facility astronomical survey camera found an unusual asteroid looping constantly on Venus’ orbit. Asteroid 2019 AQ3 only has 165 days of revolution around the sun compared to Venus’ 225 days.
Space February 11, 2019
The hypothetical Planet Nine is popularly attributed to the strange movements of objects in the outer solar system. Researchers now say these strange orbits could be explained by the collective force of smaller objects.
Space January 21, 2019
Researchers revealed that the Milky Way Galaxy will collide with the Large Magellanic Cloud in 2 million years. The impact might cause a shock within the entire galaxy that might knock the solar system into outer space.
Space January 5, 2019
The pink dwarf planet Farout is three and a half times more distant from the sun than Pluto. It also moves so slowly astronomers think it might need more than 1,000 years to orbit the sun.
Space December 19, 2018
A study revealed that Earth and the solar system is smack in the middle of a stellar stream, bringing a storm of dark matter. This, however, would not have any effect or be felt on Earth.
Space November 20, 2018
NASA has announced that the planet-hunting spacecraft, Kepler, has run out of fuel after nine years in deep space. Its replacement, TESS, was launched earlier this year and will begin a new survey of the sky to find exoplanets.
Space November 1, 2018
NASA said that after two weeks, the malfunctioning gyroscope of the Hubble Space Telescope has returned to normal. The team of experts at ground control was able to fix the issue by turning the instrument on and off.
Space October 24, 2018
The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module took a photo from its first day in its seven-year journey to Mercury. The spacecraft was launched on Friday night and is expected to arrive at its destination by 2025.
Space October 22, 2018
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency found that the surface of the asteroid Ryugu is rockier than expected with little flat areas to land. It has delayed the planned touchdown of Hayabusa2 to next year.
Space October 15, 2018
The moon has the right conditions to have its own moon. According to a new study, while it has not been observed in the Solar System, moons can have their own submoons or moonmoons.
Space October 11, 2018
NASA revealed that the instruments onboard Voyager 2 have picked up an increase of cosmic rays. The spacecraft is 11 billion miles away from Earth and about to reach the edge of the Solar System.
Space October 7, 2018
Scientists found a dwarf planet at the outer edge of the Solar System, far beyond Pluto. They believe that it might lead to the discovery of the mysterious Planet X.
Space October 3, 2018
Astronomers believe that they have found the home star system of 'Oumuamua, the comet that visited the Solar System last year. They have pinned down four possible dwarf stars based on data collected by Gaia.
Space September 28, 2018
Astronomers think that Planet Nine exists at the edge of the Solar System. Here's one possible reason why the body remains elusive despite circumstantial evidence that it exists beyond planet Neptune.
Space September 3, 2018
Scientists may now have understood the explanation behind the mysterious glow emanating from the edge of the solar system. The source of the strange radiance has been the subject of discussions among experts for the last 30 years.
Space August 14, 2018
Astronomers discovered a planet just beyond our solar system with many mysterious characteristics. It is 12 times bigger than Jupiter with a magnetic field that is 200 times stronger, and it emits a glow like the northern lights on Earth.
Space August 7, 2018
A team of scientists confirmed that the sun was once a juvenile being just like the other stars. The confirmation came after analysis of ancient blue crystals called the hibonite.
Space August 1, 2018
A young protoplanet twice the size of Earth may have hit Uranus during the formation of the solar system about 4 billion years ago. The collision can help explain the gas giant's odd tilt, as well as shed light on other characteristics of the planet.
Space July 3, 2018
Scientists were able to analyze ancient interstellar dust that could have existed before the formation of the solar system. The team collected them from Earth’s upper atmosphere, probably brought along each time comets pass near the sun.
Space June 12, 2018
One of the newly discovered Solar System twins hosts three rocky planets that are similar to Earth’s size. Scientists said the temperatures in these exoplanets could be dozens higher than Earth due to the strong radiation of their stars.
Space June 11, 2018
A new theory suggests gravity of smaller space debris could explain the strange orbits of Sedna and other trans-Neptunian objects. Here's why it failed to debunk the existence of Planet Nine.
Space June 7, 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
Scientists found strangely vast amounts of lithium, sodium, and potassium in a rare exoplanet just 332 light-years away. They also detected weak but distinctive possible signs of water.
Space June 4, 2018
A new NASA probe named the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe will study the boundary of the heliosphere, which is the magnetic bubble protecting the solar system from cosmic radiation. IMAP is expected to launch by 2024.
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 just found this solar system's first interstellar immigrant, an object from outside that has now been in Jupiter's orbit for 4.5 billion years. Where did this interstellar object come from?
Space May 21, 2018
Gas giants such as Saturn and Jupiter may have thrown out the carbon-rich asteroid 2004 EW95 into the Kuiper Belt, beyond Neptune during the early stages of the Solar System’s formation. How did this happen?
Space May 11, 2018
A high-powered laser beam device allowed scientists to experiment on the core components of super-Earths or exoplanets. The experiment yielded results that in the future can answer the question of whether exoplanets can be livable.
Material Science April 27, 2018
Does Uranus have 'ass-teroids' surrounding it? Probably not, but scientists now claim that clouds surrounding Uranus smell like fart and rotten eggs. We're not joking.
Space April 23, 2018
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