Asteroids, Astronomy, Ceres, Dawn, Dwarf Planets, Missions, NASA
19 Sep , 2016 by Bob King
An amazing new view of Ceres’ Ahuna Mons reveals it as a towering volcanic dome likely composed of salty mud. The Dawn spacecraft also found evidence for a scant atmosphere on the dwarf planet.
Astronomy, Dwarf Planets, News, Solar System
11 Jul , 2016 by Evan Gough
A dwarf planet has been discovered beyond Neptune. It’s about 700 km in size, and its orbit takes it 120 times further from the Sun than the Earth is.
Asteroids, Atlas V, Ceres, Dawn, Dwarf Planets, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Juno Mission, Jupiter, Kuiper Belt, Mars, Mars Science Laboratory, Missions, NASA, New Horizons, Pluto, Solar System, Space Exploration
2 Jul , 2016 by Ken Kremer
In an ‘Independence Day’ gift to a slew of US planetary research scientists, NASA has granted approval to nine ongoing missions to continue for another two years this holiday weekend.
Dwarf Planets, News, Planetary Formation, Solar System
17 May , 2016 by Evan Gough
Pluto and Haumea have long been thought of as cousins. But a new study highlights Haumea’s lack of small, icy moons, and has astronomers puzzled.
Dwarf Planets, Herschel Space Telescope, Kepler Mission, News
12 May , 2016 by Evan Gough
Astronomers using the Kepler spacecraft and data from the Herschel Space Observatory have given us a revealing glimpse of dwarf planet 2007 OR10.
27 Apr , 2016 by Nancy Atkinson
Planetary scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have spotted a dark mini-moon orbiting the distant dwarf planet Makemake. The moon, nicknamed MK 2, is roughly 160 km (100 miles) wide and orbits about 20,000 km (13,000 miles) from Makemake.
Astronomy, Ceres, Dawn, Dwarf Planets, News
23 Mar , 2016 by Bob King
New images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal spectacular new details in Ceres’ intriguing “bright spots”.
Astronomy, Dwarf Planets, New Horizons, News, Pluto
5 Mar , 2016 by Bob King
New images from NASA’s New Horizons probe show possible clouds drifting lazily over Pluto’s chill landscape.
Dwarf Planets, New Horizons, News, Pluto
27 Feb , 2016 by Bob King
We turn our gaze away from Pluto’s “heart” to explore the ancient ice canyons of its north polar region.
Astronomy, Blog, Dwarf Planets, NASA, New Horizons, News
24 Feb , 2016 by Bob King
Pluto has been explored, and now the USPS has released new stamps to celebrate this accomplishment. And that’s not all, more planets, the Moon and Star Trek?
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