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There Are Winds Blowing On Pluto, Driven by Frozen Nitrogen

Earth and Pluto don't have much in common. Earth is a vibrant, living world, whereas Pluto is cold, distant and…

2 months ago

NASA is Now Considering a Pluto Orbiter Mission

NASA's New Horizons mission taught us a lot about Pluto, the ice dwarf planet. But the spacecraft sped past Pluto…

5 months ago

New Horizons Team Pieces Together the Best Images They Have of Pluto’s Far Side

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. For decades, not much detail was known about the erstwhile planet.…

5 months ago

A Bunch of New Names for Pluto’s Surface Features Were Just Approved

Pluto is getting some new names. In the past, prior to the New Horizons mission, there wasn't much to name.…

8 months ago

An Insulating Layer of Gas Could Keep a Liquid Ocean Inside Pluto

A new study led by Japanese researchers indicates that Pluto could have a subsurface ocean, provided there is an "insulating…

10 months ago

Pluto and Charon Don’t Have Enough Small Craters

The New Horizons team just shared new findings about the lack of small craters on Pluto and Charon's surface, which…

1 year ago

Planetpalooza: All Bright Planets Visible in the July Dusk Sky

Missed the planets in the dusk sky in early 2018? This summer's astronomical blockbuster sees the return of all the…

2 years ago

Pluto has “Sand Dunes”, but Instead of Sand, it’s Grains of Frozen Methane

After reviewing data from the New Horizons mission, an international team of scientists determined that Pluto has dunes made of…

2 years ago

Pluto is What You Get When a Billion Comets Smash Together

A new study conducted by researchers from the Southwest Research Institute indicates that Pluto could have formed from a billion…

2 years ago

Pluto’s Charon Gets Mountains Named After Sci-Fi Authors Octavia Butler and Arthur C. Clarke, as Well as Many Others From History and Legend. I Approve!

The IAU just approved of a dozen names for features on Pluto's moon Charon, which include mountains named after Octavia…

2 years ago