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Pluto features given first official names
The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union has officially approved the naming of 14 features on the surface of Pluto. (2017-09-07)
American pika disappears from large area of California's Sierra Nevada mountains
The American pika, a small mammal adapted to high altitudes and cold temperatures, has died out from a 165-square-mile span of habitat in California's northern Sierra Nevada mountains, and the cause appears to be climate change. (2017-08-30)
Engines of twingenuity: NASA's twin study investigators have a meeting of the minds
NASA's Twins Study investigators met in Houston this week to discuss findings from the final data collections. (2017-05-25)
Joint UTSA-SwRI study shows how radioactive decay could support extraterrestrial life
In the icy bodies around our solar system, radiation emitted from rocky cores could break up water molecules and support hydrogen-eating microbes. (2017-05-22)
Hubble spots moon around third largest dwarf planet
Astronomers uncovered a moon orbiting the third largest dwarf planet, 2007 OR10, in the frigid outskirts of our solar system called the Kuiper Belt. (2017-05-18)
Astrophysicists find that planetary harmonies around TRAPPIST-1 save it from destruction
U of T astrophysicists create a digital symphony to highlight the unique configuration of the recently discovered TRAPPIST-1 system. (2017-05-10)
Saturn spacecraft toting CU Boulder instrument starts swan song
Toting a $12 million instrument built by the University of Colorado Boulder, NASA's Cassini spacecraft made the first of 22 dives between the rings of Saturn and the gaseous planet today, the beginning of the end for one of NASA's most successful missions ever. (2017-04-26)
ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member of our solar system, the planetary body 2014 UZ224, more informally known as DeeDee. (2017-04-12)
Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
Stars don't have to be massive to evaporate material from around nearby stars and affect their ability to form planets, a new study suggests. (2017-03-22)
Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. (2017-03-17)
Sandia scientist named fellow for diverse contributions to aeronautics, space research
Gary Polansky, the chief scientist for hypersonic technology development and applications at Sandia National Laboratories, has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). (2017-03-03)
Official naming of surface features on Pluto and its satellites: First step approved
The New Horizons flyby of Pluto and its satellites returned a scientific treasure trove of information about these distant and surprisingly complex worlds, showing a vast nitrogen glacier as well as ice mountains, canyons, cliffs, craters and more. (2017-02-23)
New data about 2 distant asteroids give a clue to the possible 'Planet Nine'
The dynamical properties of these asteroids, observed spectroscopiccally for the first time using the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, suggest a possible common origin and give a clue to the existence of a planet beyond Pluto, the so-called 'Planet Nine.' (2017-02-21)
How a moon slows the decay of Pluto's atmosphere
A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology provides additional insight into relationship between Pluto and its moon, Charon, and how it affects the continuous stripping of Pluto's atmosphere by solar wind. (2017-01-09)
York U research identifies icy ridges on Pluto
Using a model similar to what meteorologists use to forecast weather on Earth and a computer simulation of the physics of evaporating ices, a new study by York University's Professor John Moores, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering at York's Lassonde School of Engineering, has found evidence that snow and ice features previously only seen on Earth, have been spotted on Pluto. (2017-01-04)
VLA, ALMA team up to give first look at birthplaces of most current stars
VLA and ALMA show distant galaxies seen as they were when most of today's stars were being born, answering longstanding questions about mechanisms of star formation billions of years ago. (2016-12-20)
Modeling offers new perspective on how Pluto's 'icy heart' came to be
Pluto's 'icy heart' is a bright, two-lobed feature on its surface that has attracted researchers ever since its discovery. (2016-11-30)
Pluto follows its cold, cold heart
Pluto's 'heart' may be cold as ice, but it's in the right place, according to research by University of Arizona scientists who believe the iconic region of frozen ice may have shifted its location -- and dragged the entire planet with it. (2016-11-16)
New analysis adds to support for a subsurface ocean on Pluto
A liquid ocean lying deep beneath Pluto's frozen surface is the best explanation for features revealed by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, according to a new analysis. (2016-11-16)
A slushy ocean may lie beneath Pluto's heart-shaped basin
Beneath Pluto's 'heart' lies a cold, slushy ocean of water ice, according to data from NASA's New Horizons mission. (2016-11-16)
Exotic property of salty solutions discovered
Water and aqueous solutions can behave strangely under pressure. Experiments carried out at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences showed that magnesium sulfate dissolved in water was separated less than expected in magnesium and sulfate ions above a pressure of 0.2 Gigapascal. (2016-11-10)
Science: Public interest high, literacy stable
While public interest in science continues to grow, the level of US scientific literacy remains largely unchanged, according to a survey by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. (2016-10-28)
Alan Stern, New Horizons receive Cosmos Award for Public Presentation of Science
The principal investigator and team behind NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto received the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science. (2016-10-18)
Tatooine worlds orbiting 2 suns often survive violent escapades of aging stars
Planets that revolve around two suns may surprisingly survive the violent late stages of the stars' lives, according to new research out of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and York University. (2016-10-12)
Hunt for ninth planet reveals new extremely distant solar system objects
In the race to discover a proposed ninth planet in our solar system, Carnegie's Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of Northern Arizona University have observed several never-before-seen objects at extreme distances from the sun in our solar system. (2016-08-29)
Decades of discovery: NASA's exploration of Jupiter
Launched five years ago on Aug. 5, 2011, NASA's Juno mission maneuvered into orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016, joining a long tradition of discovery at the gas giant. (2016-08-05)
SwRI's Spencer selected for AGU's Whipple Award
Dr. John Spencer, an Institute scientist at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is receiving the 2016 Planetary Sciences Section Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU). (2016-07-12)
SwRI's Alan Stern receives Distinguished Public Service Medal
New Horizons leader recognized for successful Pluto mission that completed initial reconnaissance of the solar system. (2016-06-28)
SwRI's Parker discovers moon over Makemake in the Kuiper Belt
A Southwest Research Institute-led team has discovered an elusive, dark moon orbiting Makemake, one of the 'big four' dwarf planets populating the Kuiper Belt region at the edge of our solar system. (2016-06-27)
Research bolsters case for a present-day subsurface ocean on Pluto
An updated thermal model for Pluto suggests that a liquid water ocean beneath the dwarf planet's ice shell is a fairly likely scenario, and that the ocean is probably still there today. (2016-06-21)
Pluto: A cosmic lava lamp
Using computer models, New Horizons team members have been able to determine the depth of the layer of solid nitrogen ice within Pluto's distinctive 'heart' feature -- a large plain informally known as Sputnik Planum -- and how fast that ice is flowing. (2016-06-03)
Purdue team finds convection could produce Pluto's polygons
On Pluto, icebergs floating in a sea of nitrogen ice are key to a possible explanation of the quilted appearance of the Sputnik Planum region of the dwarf planet's surface. (2016-06-01)
Close encounters of a tidal kind could lead to cracks on icy moons
A new model developed by University of Rochester researchers could offer a new explanation as to how cracks on icy moons, such as Pluto's Charon, formed. (2016-05-25)
Planet Nine: A world that shouldn't exist
Earlier this year scientists presented evidence for Planet Nine, a Neptune-mass planet in an elliptical orbit 10 times farther from our Sun than Pluto. (2016-05-03)
NASA employees among finalists for prestigious Heyman Medal
Among this year's finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal is Dennis Reuter, a planetary scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. (2016-05-02)
Hubble discovers moon orbiting the dwarf planet Makemake
Peering to the outskirts of our solar system, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a small, dark moon orbiting Makemake, the second brightest icy dwarf planet -- after Pluto -- in the Kuiper Belt. (2016-04-26)
NASAs New Horizons fills gap in space environment observations
When NASA's New Horizons sped past Pluto on July 14, 2015, it took the best-ever pictures of the rocky worlds surface, giving us new insight into its geology, composition and atmosphere. (2016-04-05)
Multitasking New Horizons observed solar wind changes on journey to Pluto
In addition to its history-making encounter with Pluto last July, the New Horizons spacecraft also recorded significant changes in how the solar wind behaves far from the sun. (2016-04-05)
Planet formation in Earth-like orbit around a young star
New images from ALMA reveal never-before-seen details in the planet-forming disk around a nearby Sun-like star, including a tantalizing gap at the same distance from the star as the Earth is from the Sun. (2016-03-31)
Five papers provide new data from flyby of Pluto
Pluto's surface exhibits a wide variety of landscapes, results from five new studies in this special issue on the New Horizons mission report. (2016-03-17)
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