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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.

Planet Nine: What Would It Mean?

Seth Shostak | Posted 01.21.2016 | Science
Seth Shostak

If the predictions are correct -- if Planet 9 actually exists -- then our solar system will better comport with many of those we find elsewhere. And if our solar system is not so special, then there's added reason to suspect that the biology it has spawned may not be so unusual either.

All 5 Bright Planets Will Be Visible From Earth At The Same Time

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 01.18.2016 | Science

The solar system is all set to give a rare celestial show. Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will all be visible from Earth when they appe...

Astronomical Highlights of 2016

Dean Regas | Posted 12.30.2015 | Science
Dean Regas

Mars is back in the nighttime sky, Mercury crosses in front of the Sun, and a new mission arrives at Jupiter. These and more are the can't-miss astronomical events for 2016.

Astronomers Are Watching a Planet Being Born Right Now

Inverse | Posted 12.09.2015 | Science
Inverse

This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Neel V. Patel A planet is born. Specifically, LkCa 15 b, about 450 light years away and growing in...

Mars Could Look Like This Someday

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.25.2015 | Science

Mars may take on a very Saturn-like look in the future. The red planet's largest moon, Phobos, has an inward-moving orbit that is sending it on ...

Take A Spin Around Pluto In One Amazing Space Image

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 11.24.2015 | Science

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Scientists Find New Clues In Old Mystery Of Earth's Water

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.17.2015 | Science

About three-quarters of the Earth's surface is covered with water. But how did it get there? While some scientists believe water was delivered&n...

Venus-Like Planet Sheds New Light On Alien Atmospheres

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.11.2015 | Science

A Venus-like alien world may hold clues to how rocky planets with atmospheres like our own have evolved in the universe. Named GJ 1132b, it is only 3...

Jupiter May Have Bumped Lost Planet Out Of Our Solar System

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.11.2015 | Science

Scientists have long suspected that our solar system was once home to a mysterious planet -- similar to the four giants Jupiter, Saturn, ...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXIV - Nature Calls

Alan Black | Posted 11.04.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

A puddle forms on a bar stool. No hole in the roof, so it can't be rain. California is in a drought. It's not liquor or beer, neither soda nor tears. No chemical spill has been reported.

Stunning Photos Capture Planets In Rare Alignment

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 11.02.2015 | Science

Stargazers got a glimpse of a rare astronomical event this week as Venus, Mars and Jupiter aligned in the night sky. The three planets will not ...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXII - Going, Going, Gone...

Alan Black | Posted 10.29.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Going, Going, Gone... #83 Wisdom is my forte, says Alex, an idiot. He dispenses opinions. Think of the poor mirror's feelings when you look in it...

Alien Engineering Around Strange Star?

Seth Shostak | Posted 10.22.2015 | Science
Seth Shostak

There's a new big dipper in the nighttime sky. No, it's not a cozy constellation, but a distant, non-descript star that behaves like a shipboard semaphore, beaming flashes of light into the cosmic darkness that seem random, but may not be.

Mars Used To Have Massive Lakes And Streams, NASA Says

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.14.2015 | Science

It's very likely the Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover famously landed in 2012, was once home to expansive&nb...

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.