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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

Space.com | 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?

waitbutwhy.com | 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

Space.com | 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...

Is 'Flat' The Future Of Planetary Exploration?

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 03.27.2014 | Science

Future space missions may send dozens of rug-like robots fluttering down to the surface of alien worlds, taking much of the risk out of planetary ex...

Were Scientists Wrong About Size Of Smallest Planet?

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Detailed maps of Mercury's cliffs and ditches show the solar system's innermost and ...

Yoga and Baseball: 108 Degrees of Harmonic Convergence

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.11.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

Spring and baseball. Baseball and Spring. They arrive together just as surely as winter and spring converge at the vernal equinox.

Meat-Eating Humans: Mightier Than Lions, Feebler than Ants

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It comes down to a pretty basic choice. We can either have a whole lot fewer of us meat-eating Homo sapiens, or we need Homo sapiens to eat a whole lot less meat. The funny thing is, the rate-limiting issue makes the plant vs. animal nutrition debate irrelevant. It's all about water.

Spacecraft Makes Historic Flyby Of Earthlike Moon

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 03.09.2014 | Science

A far-flung NASA space probe flying around Saturn zipped past the ringed planet's biggest moon for the 100th time on Thursday (March 6). The Cassini...

PHOTO: Rover Looks Up, Way Up, At Martian Mountain

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 03.02.2014 | Science

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has taken some dazzling new photos of the Red Planet landscape, showing in sharp detail where it's been and the long roa...

WATCH: Northern Lights On Ringed Planet Are Like 'Fireworks'

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science

Saturn's auroras dance in a new video that shows the ringed planet's northern and southern lights shining in amazing, 360-degree detail. Scientists...

Tantalizing New Clues Emerge In Search For Martian Water

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 02.11.2014 | Science

New clues are emerging about the mysterious streaks that appear on Mars' surface during warm weather, though scientists still can't say for sure that ...

WATCH: Our Planet's Water Came From WHERE!?

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.11.2014 | Science

Where exactly did water on Earth come from? The answer may surprise you. As explained in the latest episode of the Youtube science series MinuteEar...