Still No Sign Of ‘Planet X’ In Latest NASA Survey

by Elizabeth Howell March 12, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter It’s one of those rumors that just won’t quiet down — a large planet lurking at the solar system’s edge. Back in the 1840s, when Neptune was discovered, its orbit seemed to be a little “off” from what was expected. Some […]

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NEOWISE Spots a “Weirdo” Comet

by Jason Major February 28, 2014

NASA’s NEOWISE mission — formerly known as just WISE — has identified the first comet of its new near-Earth object hunting career… and, according to mission scientists, it’s a “weirdo.” Remove this ad Jason Major on Google+

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For Valentine’s Day, Enjoy These Hearts On Earth, Mars And Other Places

by Elizabeth Howell February 14, 2014

A Valentine from Earth. pic.twitter.com/7FEIIddAJB — Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) February 14, 2014 While we’re unsure about the status of chocolates and flowers in locations far beyond Earth, there certainly is no lack of hearts for us to look at to enjoy Valentine’s Day. If you look at enough geologic features or gas clouds, statistically […]

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How Can We Find Killer Asteroids?

by Fraser Cain February 7, 2014

On the morning of February 15, 2013, people in western Russia were dazzled by an incredibly bright meteor blazing a fiery contrail across the sky. A few minutes later a shockwave struck, shaking the buildings and blowing out windows. 1,500 people went to the hospital with injuries from shattered glass. This was the Chelyabinsk meteor, […]

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Nearby Brown Dwarf System May Harbor Closest Exoplanet to Earth

by Shannon Hall January 16, 2014

In 2012 astronomers announced the discovery of an Earth-like planet circling our nearest neighbor, Alpha Centauri B, a mere 4.3 light-years away. But with such a discovery comes heated debate. A second group of astronomers was unable to confirm the exoplanet’s presence, keeping the argument unresolved to date. But not to worry. One need only […]

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