Category: Solar System

A New Visitor for Jupiter – If it Can Slow Down Enough

UPDATE: Juno successfully entered orbit around Jupiter at 11:53 PM EDT on July 4th. Jupiter is about to have a new friend. After a five year journey, the Juno spacecraft will enter Jupiter’s orbit late […]

More Evidence that Comets Delivered Life-Enabling Chemicals to Earth

Scientists analyzing the halo of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet found that it contains glycine and phosphorous, two of the essential materials necessary for life to form. This discovery further supports the theory that it was comets and […]

Visiting Nearby Stars Using Tiny Sails

What do Stephen Hawking, Mark Zuckerberg and entrepreneur Yuri Milner have in common – aside from being very rich? They want to build a bunch of tiny spaceships and sail them to nearby stars. They call […]

Jupiter Strike – Our Neighbor Takes Another Hit

Two amateur astronomers in different parts of the world took video through their telescopes of a sizable object slamming into Jupiter. While reviewing footage, Austrian Gerrit Kernbauer saw a flash of light on one side […]

Moving Forward with the Search for Life on Europa

Jupiter’s moon of Europa has long been in the sights of the science community as a prime candidate for the search for life in our solar system. In 2012, after the Hubble Space Telescope detected […]

Can You Hear Me Major Tom? Comet Lander Not Responding

A little more than a year ago on November 12, 2014, the Philae lander had a rough landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Instead of neatly landing on the comet’s surface, it bounced a few times and […]

Planet Nine: Our Solar System Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

Since people first realized that Earth is a part of a larger group of planetary bodies, the solar system has been growing. Not actually growing, as in it’s somehow picking up more stuff, but growing in […]