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An oddly textured region of southern Mars is not ice-covered today. Yet landforms here – and now certain minerals – are associated with under-ice volcanoes.
Earlier this year, scientists presented evidence for a Planet Nine in the far outer solar system. Scientists think it exists, but – if so – how did it get there?
On May 6, 1968 – more than a year before his famous first moonwalk – Neil Armstrong narrowly escaped disaster while training in the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle.
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower was spawned by the famous Comet Halley. But Halley spawned another meteor shower, too.
We knew that Saturn’s moon Titan had seas and lakes of liquid hydrocarbons, but their exact composition was unknown until recently.
Although the lunar month has a mean period of 29 days 12 hours and 44 minutes, the actual length varies throughout the year. Lengths of lunar months in 2016.
They’re calling it a Manx comet, after the cats with no tails. It may have formed in the inner solar system and been ejected outward.
A month by month listing of major moon phases, conjunctions, oppositions, meteor showers and other important dates, from astronomer Fred Espenak.
Breakthrough Starshot seeks proof of concept for a 100-million-mile-per-hour mission – using light-propelled nanocrafts – to reach the nearest star in 20 years.
Read about star travel via conventional propulsion, warp drives, and more.
Earth’s shadow, sea and land
Go someplace dark and watch meteors!