Guide and timetable to this week’s exciting events as New Horizons spacecraft encounters Pluto! Countdown on NASA TV begins 7:30 EDT (11:30 UTC) Tuesday.
Women make up 25 percent of the New Horizons flyby team. Science team leader Fran Bagenal said, “This isn’t remarkable – it’s just how it is.”
Space artist Don Dixon captured Pluto in a painting 36 years before the New Horizons spacecraft revealed what it actually looks like.
Sure, Venus and Jupiter are still amazing. But they’ll soon be gone. Learn what to expect here. Plus … see Saturn, visible from nightfall until the wee hours.
How light is noon on Pluto? This video from NASA and worldwide space fans, replicates Pluto’s noontime light conditions from places all over Earth.
Pluto is 1,000 times too faint to see with the eye. Telescope users spot it by locating Pluto among the stars and watching nightly for the object that moves.
Astronomers have discovered a gigantic black hole – among the most massive black holes ever found – inside a normal-sized galaxy.
Moon might harbor bits blasted off Earth billions of years ago. These lunar time capsules could hold secrets of what Earth was like as life first emerged.
If we took Earth and Venus – and had them orbit a cool, red star not too far away – could the James Webb Space Telescope tell which planet was habitable?
Cosmology – the science of the origin and development of the universe – has made progress in recent years. But many questions remain unanswered.