The images from New Horizons’ July 14 sweep past Pluto continue to come in. Among the recent discoveries: flowing nitrogen ice on Pluto! These exotic ices flow across Pluto’s at one edge of its bright heart-shaped area. Scientists had hoped to find signs of an active surface on Pluto, but, still, they were wowed by evidence of flowing ice.
Here’s something no one on Earth has ever seen before. NASA released this new image today (July 24, 2015). It’s the night side of Pluto with the hazy atmosphere scattering light from a distant sun.
White shark populations are growing. Here’s why that’s good news.
Here’s a new image just released of a second range of ice mountains on Pluto. The New Horizons spacecraft using the LORRI (LOng Range Reconnaissance Imager) camera captured this image when it swept closest on July 14, 2015. There are images coming shortly that will be about four times sharper than this one!
Pluto has five known moons, and it’s a bit surprising that New Horizons hasn’t found any new ones yet. Newly released images show small moons Nix and Hydra.
Here’s what you need to know about the Large Hadron Collider’s latest discovery: pentaquarks.
The Rosetta mission team is hoping that a software patch will help re-establish reliable contact with the little Philae lander, lodged somewhere on the comet’s surface.
If there’s really intelligent life out there, why haven’t they contacted us yet? Here are some possibilities.
SG Collins explains why the Apollo moon landings on the moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s could not have been faked.
The famous double moon hoax appears to be gearing up again. We hear that the word spread on Facebook in July, 2015 that there would be a double moon. Will this hoax ever die? It’s now 12 years old. Still, clearly, not everyone knows it’s a hoax. Google searches have made this post the most popular on our site for the past week. An email must be circulating – somewhere, social media must be buzzing – with the suggestion that Mars will appear as large as a full moon in Earth’s sky. And that is just not true.