Pluto is far from the sun, so astronomers expect its atmosphere to be cold, but it's colder than predicted. Now we know that soot sends the sun’s heat back into space
The tiny world Haumea has a ring, the most distant we’ve found in our solar system. This may mean rings encircle other far-off worlds in the solar system
The space agency just announced the recipients of its Innovative Advanced Concepts programme, which kickstarts researchers’ so-crazy-it-just-might-work ideas
What is a planet? It all depends on your perspective. The post Pluto’s Defenders Prepare to Fight for Its Planethood (Again) appeared first on WIRED.
A year and a half ago, Pluto was a pixellated blur. The New Horizons mission has revealed it as the geologically active center of a dwarf planet system. The post How NASA Got Every Last Piece of Pluto Data Down From New Horizons appeared first on WIRED.
As dwarf planets transition from being individual curiosities to statistical aggregates, they offer astronomers a better understanding of the solar system. The post Dwarf Planets Aren’t Big News, Because Astronomy Is Doing a Great Job appeared first on WIRED.
NASA has greenlit New Horizons' next target: a lump of rock out in the Kuiper Belt called 2014 MU69. The post NASA Confirms New Horizons Is Hurtling Towards Some Barren Space Rock Named 2014 MU69 appeared first on WIRED.
Thanks to the Kepler space telescope and the Herschel observatory, scientists finally have enough data to get inspired. The post Give Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10 the Real Name It Deserves Already appeared first on WIRED.