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NASA Confirms Discovery of Water Theme Park on Mars

Spencer Green | Posted 09.29.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"There is no doubt that those Martians perished while waiting to get on the ride," says professor Irwin Lafferdean of the Institute of Interplanetary Amusement. "Can even advanced species survive the quest for reasonably-priced fun for all ages? I don't know. Damn it, I just don't know."

New Research Explains How Life Could Spread To Other Galaxies

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 09.08.2015 | Science

Scientists haven't yet figured out whether life is capable of surviving the extreme conditions found in space and spreading to other stars -...

New Clues on How Jupiter and Saturn Formed

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

The problem, as with most astronomical phenomena, is the huge timescales in which things happen. We therefore rely on supercomputers to feed them data and get simulations which show us what happens in thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions, or billions of years.

Did Saturn And Other Gas Giants Grow From A Pebble?

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.25.2015 | Science

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Our Solar System May Have Had A Fifth 'Giant' Planet

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

The four gas giant planets in our solar system -- Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune -- may have a long-lost relative. According...

NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Earth's 'Cousin'

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Science

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Why Pluto Will Remain a Dwarf Planet

Dejan Stojkovic | Posted 07.20.2015 | 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.

An MTV 'Cribs'-Style Tour Of Pluto

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 07.16.2015 | Comedy

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Will The New Horizons Mission Give Pluto A Second Chance At Planethood?

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.15.2015 | Science

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Big Year for Small Worlds

Dean Regas | Posted 06.18.2015 | 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.

Here's What The Solar System Looked Like As A 'Toddler'

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.28.2015 | Science

What did the solar system look like in its early days, and exactly how did it evolve? No one knows for sure, because no one was around billions of yea...

Interstellar Travel: So Where Should We Go?

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 06.02.2015 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Will we just point the ship towards any star and commit these resources to a random journey and outcome, or will we know a LOT about where we are going before the fuel is loaded? Most of us will agree that the latter case for such an expensive "one off" mission is more likely.

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.

Yes, This Is North America On Jupiter

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.09.2014 | Science

You may think you have a good sense of exactly how big Earth is compared to the other planets in our solar system. But clever new illustrations by Joh...

Faraway Ice Giant Is First Discovered Outside Our Solar System

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.28.2014 | Science

Astronomers have discovered the first "ice giant" outside our solar system--an exoplanet that looks a lot like the icy worlds in our own solar system,...

Buttonwood Farm, Winery and Vineyard Hosts a Spectacular Star Gazing Event in Solvang, California

LuxEco Living | Posted 11.04.2014 | Los Angeles
LuxEco Living

What a treat! Last night guests at Buttonwood Farm, Winery and Vineyard got to see close up, planets, nebula, galaxies, stars and star clusters with the help of experts from the Natural History Museum.

We Are Star Dust

Mario Livio | Posted 10.19.2014 | Arts
Mario Livio

Even though we know much more about the stars now -- about how they are born, live and die -- our physical existence is so tethered to them, that I am convinced that the stars will continue to inspire magnificent poetry.

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.

Ancient 'Hit And Run' May Explain Mercury Mystery | Jesse Emspak | Posted 07.07.2014 | Science

The mysterious makeup of the solar system's innermost planet may be due to a massive "hit and run" collision billions of years ago, a new study repo...

MYSTERY: Why Haven't Humans Discovered Intelligent Life? | Posted 07.05.2014 | Science

We have no answer to the Fermi Paradox—the best we can do is “possible explanations.” And if you ask ten different scientists what their hunch i...

This 'Goldilocks' Planet May Not Even Exist

AP | Posted 07.05.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says a planet outside our solar system thought to be in the so-called Goldilocks zone is not even a real planet, but a...

Richard Dawkins and the Mating Dance of Planets

Amir Aczel | Posted 08.24.2014 | Science
Amir Aczel

At an international conference in Mexico a few years ago, Richard Dawkins, having expounded at length on how sexual natural selection explains life on Earth without any need for a "creator," went on to say, "And I am sure that something like the principle of natural selection operates in the physical universe as well." Sounds totally silly? Well, there's more to it: a huge irony.

Alien Hunters Get Powerful New Tool | Megan Gannon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Science

Astronomers now have a powerful new tool to sniff out methane on alien planets. The organic molecule, considered one of the building blocks of life, ...

Planets Can Be Positively Perplexing

Greg Schwem | Posted 06.02.2014 | Science
Greg Schwem

I still remember the mnemonic as if it were 1972 and I was sitting in fourth grade science class. My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.

LOOK: Will Your Grandkids Be Living On One Of These Planets?

Posted 04.02.2014 | Science

Colonize Mars? Meh. While some space enthusiasts are vying for a chance to create a human colony on the Red Planet, others say exoplanets like "Kepler...