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LOOK: NASA Images Reveal The Mysterious 'Bright Spots' On Ceres

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.21.2016 | Science

The “bright spots” on Ceres captured the public's imagination last year when they were first spotted by NASA's Dawn spacecraft as it approached th...

The Seduction of the (Planet) X

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 04.06.2016 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

Michael E. Brown, a researcher in planetary astronomy at Caltech is a servant of the 24th letter in the English alphabet, forever searching for the next big body in the Solar System, the yearned planet 'X'.

Who Knew?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2016 | Science
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

As I was reading about the evidence for the yet-unseen ninth planet, I thought to myself, "Wait a minute. Aren't there already nine planets?" I started listing them off, like you do when you're trying to remember the seven dwarves.

Scientists Just Spotted The Most Distant Object In Our Solar System

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 11.16.2015 | Science

Astronomers have spotted what they believe is the most distant object in the solar system -- a dwarf planet floating some 9.5 billion miles from the s...

NASA Photo Captures Clearest Image Yet Of Ceres' Mysterious Bright Spots

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 09.10.2015 | Science

A stunning new image released by NASA Wednesday gives the closest and clearest look yet at mysterious bright spots speckling a crater on the dwarf pla...

Tour The Dwarf Planet Ceres In This New 3D Video

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 08.08.2015 | Science

Get ready to take a tour of dwarf planet Ceres, where mysteries abound -- and get your 3D glasses on if you want the full effect. A new virtual video ...

Why Pluto Will Remain a Dwarf Planet

Dejan Stojkovic | Posted 07.20.2016 | Science
Dejan Stojkovic

Ultimately, it does not matter whether Pluto is called a planet or not. People get together, exchange arguments, give new names to the things around them. But Pluto is whatever it is, and has not changed a bit since we demoted it into a dwarf planet.

A Closer Look at the Pluto Photos

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 07.15.2016 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

The first impressions you glean from the released New Horizons high-resolution images is that Pluto is vastly different from its dwarf planet cousin Ceres. Ceres lives in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and its surface has been pummeled by asteroids, leaving behind thousands of craters from meters to tens of kilometers across.

Pluto: The Next Frontier

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 07.11.2016 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

The New Horizons spacecraft will skim dwarf planet Pluto on July 14th at 7:49:57 a.m. EDT after nine and a half years of rushing through the Solar System at speeds of up to 83,000 km per hour [relative to the Sun]. You can follow the encounter live through NASA's TV webpage.

First Color Movies Of Pluto And Its Biggest Moon Will Wow You

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Science

There's not much in the way of plot, and the images are badly pixelated. But two new videos from NASA's New Horizons mission are thrilling anyway. The...

Big Year for Small Worlds

Dean Regas | Posted 06.17.2016 | Science
Dean Regas

Don't call them planets.This year two unmanned spacecrafts are taking us to worlds we have never seen up close. The Dawn mission has been in orbit around Ceres, the largest asteroid in the solar system since March, and the New Horizons spacecraft will make a close fly-by of Pluto on July 14.

Spectacular Video Lets You Fly Around Ceres

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Science

NASA has released a dramatic new video of the dwarf planet Ceres (above). The black-and-white animation lets viewers fly around the mysterious orb...

Beyond a Comet, Pluto Looms

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.18.2015 | Science
David J. Eicher

On December 6 the New Horizons spacecraft, en route to Pluto and its system of moons since 2006, will come out of hibernation mode. This marks the first step in setting up for the flyby of Pluto and its moons that will occur on July 14, 2015, giving us our first-ever thorough look at what many consider to be the last great frontier of the Solar System.

Calling for a Debate Over Pluto's Nature

David J. Eicher | Posted 09.21.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

In 2006 the IAU "demoted" Pluto to dwarf-planet status, setting off an outcry of public disappointment, first among schoolchildren but later among all classes of astronomy enthusiasts, and even planetary scientists, who disagree with the IAU's logic.

INFOGRAPHIC: New Dwarf Planet 'Biden' Not So Different From Our Own VP

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.01.2014 | Science

What does the newly discovered dwarf planet "Biden" have in common with Vice President Joe Biden? As our fun new infographic (below) shows, more than ...

Scientists Want YOU To Name Dwarf Planet's Moons

Posted 02.11.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 02/11/2013 10:37 AM EST on If you've ever wanted to leave your mark on the heavens, here's your chance. Ast...

Distant Starlight Helps Reveal Secrets Of Strange Icy World

Posted 11.23.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 11/21/2012 01:17 PM EST on Distant starlight has given astronomers the best look yet at a distant icy sibl...

PHOTOS: Giant Space Rock Sports Bizarre Bright Spots

Posted 03.22.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 03/21/2012 11:16 PM EDT on A NASA spacecraft orbiting the huge asteroid Vesta has snapped amazing new photo...

WATCH: What The Sun Looks Like From Pluto

Posted 02.16.2012 | Science

In the video above, a tiny sun floats through the haze over rocky ground. It's a bleak and alien view, but that's no scene from a science fiction film...