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#Solar System

# solar-system - Wednesday 15 November, 2017

New Earth-like planet found where a year lasts just under 10 days
# Truth Is Out There
# Truth Is Out There

New Earth-like planet found where a year lasts just under 10 days

Nov 15th 2017, 6:37 PM 42,225 Views 72 Comments

The announcement was made by a team using an observatory in Chile.

# solar-system - Wednesday 19 April, 2017

A massive asteroid is going to come 'very close' to Earth today
# 2014-JO25
# 2014-JO25

A massive asteroid is going to come 'very close' to Earth today

Apr 19th 2017, 11:36 AM 21,431 Views 28 Comments

Smaller asteroids whizz by Earth several times a week.

# solar-system - Tuesday 18 April, 2017

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth tomorrow
# Dark Side Of The Moon
# Dark Side Of The Moon

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth tomorrow

Apr 18th 2017, 3:36 PM 26,822 Views 52 Comments

Nasa has said there is no chance the asteroid will hit us, but it will be “a very close approach”.

# solar-system - Sunday 7 February, 2016

Check out these incredible photos of the solar system
# Out Of This World
# Out Of This World

Check out these incredible photos of the solar system

Feb 7th 2016, 11:15 AM 18,445 Views 52 Comments

Simply breathtaking.

# solar-system - Wednesday 20 January, 2016

It looks like there could be a ninth planet in our solar system
# Planet Nine
# Planet Nine

It looks like there could be a ninth planet in our solar system

Jan 20th 2016, 9:27 PM 26,937 Views 113 Comments

And it takes as long as 20,000 years to orbit the sun.

# solar-system - Sunday 23 August, 2015

What would happen if the sun disappeared right now?
# Lights Out
# Lights Out

What would happen if the sun disappeared right now?

Aug 23rd 2015, 2:00 PM 37,952 Views 85 Comments

It wouldn’t be the best thing that could happen.

# solar-system - Saturday 11 July, 2015

Nasa just released the clearest photo you've ever seen of Pluto
# New Horizons
# New Horizons

Nasa just released the clearest photo you've ever seen of Pluto

Jul 11th 2015, 1:00 PM 40,606 Views 33 Comments

It has never been seen in such detail.

# solar-system - Monday 20 October, 2014

A huge comet that's as solid as a pile of talcum powder just buzzed by Mars
# Powdering Through
# Powdering Through

A huge comet that's as solid as a pile of talcum powder just buzzed by Mars

Oct 20th 2014, 3:00 PM 8,263 Views 7 Comments

The comet, known as Siding Spring, whizzed past Mars yesterday. Three NASA spacecraft had to take shelter behind the Red Planet as the close encounter took place.

# solar-system - Monday 22 September, 2014

After hitting the brakes from 10,000 mph, Nasa's newest Mars orbiter is circling the red planet
# Nearest Neighbour
# Nearest Neighbour

After hitting the brakes from 10,000 mph, Nasa's newest Mars orbiter is circling the red planet

Sep 22nd 2014, 2:26 PM 5,692 Views 13 Comments

Maven is joining a growing number of probes observing Mars from above.

# solar-system - Thursday 27 February, 2014

NASA finds 'bonanza' of 715 new planets, but how many could support life?
# Uncharted Space
# Uncharted Space

NASA finds 'bonanza' of 715 new planets, but how many could support life?

Feb 27th 2014, 10:10 AM 10,091 Views 77 Comments

About four in fact.

# solar-system - Saturday 15 February, 2014

One in four Americans don't know the earth circles the sun
# Weird Science
# Weird Science

One in four Americans don't know the earth circles the sun

Feb 15th 2014, 10:07 AM 18,354 Views 168 Comments

Eh…

# solar-system - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Is there life on Mars? Ten years on the Opportunity rover is still looking
# Interstellar Trekker
# Interstellar Trekker

Is there life on Mars? Ten years on the Opportunity rover is still looking

Jan 25th 2014, 10:00 AM 7,987 Views 25 Comments

The rover was only supposed to run for 90 days, but 10 years a 40 Martian kilometers later, it shows no signs of stopping.

# solar-system - Friday 17 January, 2014

Column: Why is Pluto not a planet?
# Stargazer
# Stargazer

Column: Why is Pluto not a planet?

Jan 17th 2014, 12:55 PM 798 Views 38 Comments

Most of us grew up learning that there were nine planets in the Solar System. But why did Pluto get demoted? Conor Farrell explains how our understanding of the icy body changed.

# solar-system - Thursday 12 September, 2013

Final Frontier: NASA's Voyager departs the solar system for deep space
# To Boldly Go
# To Boldly Go

Final Frontier: NASA's Voyager departs the solar system for deep space

Sep 12th 2013, 8:34 PM 8,566 Views 98 Comments

The Voyager 1 probe was launched in 1977 on a mission to explore the outer planets. It will continue to drift across the galaxy, carrying discs of greetings from planet Earth…

# solar-system - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

This is what earth looks like from Saturn, 1.44 billion km away
# NASA
# NASA

This is what earth looks like from Saturn, 1.44 billion km away

Jul 23rd 2013, 2:12 PM 17,711 Views 110 Comments

See the tiny blue dot there that’s the earth (not to be confused with dust on your screen).

# solar-system - Wednesday 20 March, 2013

NASA denies report that Voyager left solar system
# Voyager
# Voyager

NASA denies report that Voyager left solar system

Mar 20th 2013, 8:21 PM 14,136 Views 67 Comments

The US space agency described a report published today as “premature”.

# solar-system - Tuesday 25 December, 2012

2012: The year in space exploration
# 2012 Review
# 2012 Review

2012: The year in space exploration

Dec 25th 2012, 2:00 PM 4,625 Views 6 Comments

Landing on Mars, meteor showers and fixing the space station with a toothbrush – it’s been quite a year.

# solar-system - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Astronomers get rare glimpse of icy, dwarf planet
# Space
# Space

Astronomers get rare glimpse of icy, dwarf planet

Nov 21st 2012, 8:30 PM 11,110 Views 17 Comments

‘Makemake’ is one of five dwarf planets known to exist on the edge of our Solar System – but very little has been known about it until this point.

# solar-system - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Earth-sized planet found just outside solar system
# Stellar Neighbour
# Stellar Neighbour

Earth-sized planet found just outside solar system

Oct 17th 2012, 3:33 PM 8,520 Views 26 Comments

Astronomers have found the closest planet in location and size to the Earth circling a star in the system Alpha Centauri.

# solar-system - Saturday 28 July, 2012

Life on Mars: how close are we to living in space?
# Final Frontier
# Final Frontier

Life on Mars: how close are we to living in space?

Jul 28th 2012, 1:00 PM 5,144 Views 26 Comments

Mankind’s fascination with space has long sparked fantasies of living away from Earth, but is this any closer to becoming a reality?

# solar-system - Tuesday 26 June, 2012

Is NASA's Voyager about to leave the solar system?
# Final Frontier
# Final Frontier

Is NASA's Voyager about to leave the solar system?

Jun 26th 2012, 6:39 PM 8,880 Views 48 Comments

The spacecraft, which was launched in 1977, appears to be on the verge of becoming the first spaceship to leave the solar system. Bon voyage…

# solar-system - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

NASA refines Mars landing – but brings it closer to dangerous landing zone
# Mars
# Mars

NASA refines Mars landing – but brings it closer to dangerous landing zone

Jun 12th 2012, 2:30 PM 2,380 Views 11 Comments

‘Curiosity’ is set to land on the red plant in early August.

# solar-system - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

VIDEO: Venus passes in front of the sun for the last time before 2117
# Transit Of Venus
# Transit Of Venus

VIDEO: Venus passes in front of the sun for the last time before 2117

Jun 6th 2012, 8:17 AM 2,790 Views 8 Comments

The ‘Transit of Venus’ occurs in pairs, and won’t be seen again this century – but NASA, thankfully, took this video.

# solar-system - Tuesday 5 June, 2012

Astronomers gear up for rare Venus Transit solar event
# Venus
# Venus

Astronomers gear up for rare Venus Transit solar event

Jun 5th 2012, 11:36 AM 2,634 Views 5 Comments

Next time Venus can be seen travelling across the face of the Sun will be in 2117.

# solar-system - Thursday 3 May, 2012

European Space Agency sets sights on Jupiter
# Space
# Space

European Space Agency sets sights on Jupiter

May 3rd 2012, 10:31 AM 1,124 Views 15 Comments

New mission will focus on the gas giant’s three large icy moons.

# solar-system - Sunday 12 February, 2012

Gallery: Dramatic images of our nearest star
# Stellar Art
# Stellar Art

Gallery: Dramatic images of our nearest star

Feb 12th 2012, 5:34 PM 5,374 Views 5 Comments

NASA has compiled an exhibition of the colourful and intriguing images captured by its Solar Dynamics Observatory.

# solar-system - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

Video: Two 'Earth-sized' planets discovered outside solar system
# Space
# Space

Video: Two 'Earth-sized' planets discovered outside solar system

Dec 21st 2011, 9:48 PM 4,069 Views 28 Comments

The planets offer hope that extraterrestrial life could be discovered, scientists say.

# solar-system - Thursday 8 December, 2011

NASA's Voyager 1 in "cosmic purgatory" and preparing to leave solar system
# Space
# Space

NASA's Voyager 1 in "cosmic purgatory" and preparing to leave solar system

Dec 8th 2011, 11:07 AM 2,627 Views 13 Comments

In pictures: Check out the amazing space images captured by the Voyager craft since they launched in the late 1970s.

# solar-system - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

'New Earth' found in distant solar system
# New Earth
# New Earth

'New Earth' found in distant solar system

Dec 6th 2011, 11:58 AM 4,131 Views 28 Comments

Nasa has called the discovery of Kepler 22-b a “major milestone on the road to finding Earth’s twin”.

# solar-system - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

How today is the planet Neptune's first birthday (kind of)
# Birthday Boy
From The Daily Edge
# Birthday Boy

How today is the planet Neptune's first birthday (kind of)

Jul 12th 2011, 12:15 PM 1,004 Views 6 Comments

Neptune was first observed from Earth on 24 September 1846. So how does that make today a birthday?