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UCLA professor proposes simpler way to define what makes a planet
Since the late 1980s, scientists have discovered nearly 5,000 planetary bodies orbiting stars other than the sun. But astronomers are still working on what exactly we should call them. View News Article (2015-11-11)

Three months after flyby, New Horizons team publishes first research paper
The New Horizons team described a wide range of findings about the Pluto system in its first research paper, published today.  View News Article (2015-10-16)

First scientific results from flyby of Pluto
The surface of Pluto is marked by plains, troughs and peaks that appear to have been carved out by geological processes that have been active for a very long period and continue to the present, a new study says.  View News Article (2015-10-16)

New Horizons reveals Pluto's striking surface variations and unique moon rotations
University of Maryland astronomers Silvia Protopapa and Douglas Hamilton are among the authors of the first published paper from the New Horizons flyby, which appears in the Oct. 16, 2015 issue of the journal Science. Protopapa helped map the composition of Pluto's surface and locate ices on it. View News Article (2015-10-16)

New study indicates Earth's inner core was formed 1-1.5 billion years ago
There have been many estimates for when the earth's inner core was formed, but scientists from the University of Liverpool have used new data which indicates that the Earth's inner core was formed 1 - 1.5 billion years ago as it "froze" from the surrounding molten iron outer core. View News Article (2015-10-08)

Astronomers peer into the 'amniotic sac' of a planet-hosting star
Astronomers have successfully peered through the 'amniotic sac' of a star that is still forming to observe the innermost region of a burgeoning solar system for the first time. View News Article (2015-09-14)

SwRI scientists study nitrogen provision for Pluto's atmosphere
The latest data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveal diverse features on Pluto's surface and an atmosphere dominated by nitrogen gas. However, Pluto's small mass allows hundreds of tons of atmospheric nitrogen to escape into space each hour. View News Article (2015-08-12)

Big data maps world's ocean floor
Scientists from the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences have led the creation of the world's first digital map of the seafloor's geology.  View News Article (2015-08-11)

CU-Boulder-led study shows moon engulfed in permanent, lopsided dust cloud
The moon is engulfed in a permanent but lopsided dust cloud that increases in density when annual events like the Geminids spew shooting stars, according to a new study led by University of Colorado Boulder. View News Article (2015-06-18)

U of T astrophysicists offer proof that famous image shows forming planets
A recent and famous image from deep space marks the first time we've seen a forming planetary system, according to a study by U of T astrophysicists. View News Article (2015-05-06)

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