Tag Archives: Solar System

Cool Kuiper Belt findings turn into a cover story

The space snowman known as 2014 MU69 or Ultima Thule added to its celebrity today by showing up on the cover of the journal Science, with the first peer-reviewed results from an encounter with NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft laid out within. Close study of the two-lobed … Continue reading

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Solar system’s farthest-out known object is … Farout

Astronomers say they’ve discovered the most distant body ever observed in our solar system, a potential dwarf planet that’s about 11 billion miles from the sun. Its nickname? “Farout.” The far-out object — which is also known by its more … Continue reading

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Planet search turns up a dwarf called ‘The Goblin’

While searching for a hypothetical Planet Nine, astronomers found a distant mini-world that’s been given a spooky nickname: “The Goblin.” The icy object was found at a distance of about 80 astronomical units from the sun, which translates to 7.4 … Continue reading

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Google Maps expands empire all the way to Pluto

If you zoom way, way out on Google Maps, you can now find your way around places like Sputnik Planum, Seville Mons, Aphrodite Terra and Damascus Sulcus. Those are destinations on Pluto, Iapetus, Venus and Enceladus, just made available for virtual exploration by the … Continue reading

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Astronomers see more signs of Planet Nine

Astronomers haven’t yet seen Planet Nine, the theoretical world that some say lies far beyond Pluto’s orbit, but they’re seeing more phenomena that could be explained by its existence. Today, astronomers laid out evidence that the undiscovered planet may be responsible … Continue reading

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The case for Planet Nine (a.k.a. Planet X)

For decades, astronomers have gone back and forth over whether a “Planet X” exists on the edge of our solar system – and now two researchers have laid out new evidence supporting the claim, including a rough idea of where it … Continue reading

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