Mysterious Haze Fills ‘White Spot’ Crater On Ceres

“Hey, I’m a dwarf planet, too!” If only Ceres could talk. So much attention has been focused on the Pluto mission the past few weeks, it’s time to see what’s new with our old friend Ceres, the apple of the Dawn Mission’s eye. Remember those mysterious white spots, the ones sitting in the bottom of Occator…
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How Will We Name Pluto’s Bizarre Features? With Colorful Names Of Course

We have to name stuff. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t know what we’re talking about. When Pluto and its moons were essentially pinpoints, we got along with the bare bones. Not anymore. Every new solar system body seen up close calls out for names. To keep them all straight, astronomers at the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on…
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An Invitation To Observe Saturn Tonight

The waxing moon coasts to Saturn’s side tonight. With Jupiter and Venus now so low in the west after sunset, Saturn is quickly becoming our only evening planet. While more planets means more fun, I don’t feel deprived. We’ve had a great year so far with Mercury, Venus and Jupiter putting in bright and lasting appearances. No planet truly…
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Pluto – Home To Nitrogen Glaciers And Serious Global Cooling

Frigid Pluto, where the surface temperature dips to -390°F, is as lively as Mars. Among the discoveries announced during an afternoon press conference today are glacier-like flows of nitrogen ice and a surprisingly hazy atmosphere. How Pluto gets its hazy skies The photo above was taken from an angle otherwise impossible to get from Earth — directly…
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Earth’s Million Mile Smile

You and I see Earth up close every day, and I think we’d agree, it’s a pretty awesome planet. Now, a new satellite called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) will be watching Earth every day from a distance of one million miles. DSCOVR was built to provide continuous views of Earth, to monitor the solar wind,…
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