Solar System
Discovery of Enceladus’ ocean could spur major space mission
Discovery of Enceladus’ ocean could spur major space mission

The new strong evidence for the existence of a liquid water ocean under the ice at the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus has scientists setting their gaze on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn...

   
NASA data reveal ocean inside Saturn’s moon Enceladus
NASA data reveal ocean inside Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Back in 2005, NASA’s Cassini probe discovered water vapor and ice erupting from vents around the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus; this finding raised the tantalizing possibility that the moon might harbor an interior liquid water ocean...

   
Discovery of dwarf planet, non-planetary rings is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’
Discovery of dwarf planet, non-planetary rings is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’

On Wednesday, scientists reported two discoveries: a dwarf planet far beyond Pluto’s orbit, and a set of rings encircling an asteroid-like object called Chariklo...

   
Super-earths beyond Pluto? New discovery hints they might exist
Super-earths beyond Pluto? New discovery hints they might exist

Astronomers have discovered a new dwarf planet in the distant reaches of our solar system. The discovery of 2012 VP113 was made by Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Chadwick Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory...

   
Astronomers discover mysterious energy ribbon at solar system’s edge
Astronomers discover mysterious energy ribbon at solar system’s edge

The direction of the interstellar galactic magnetic field could be crucial to ascertaining how the heliosphere is molded by the field. The heliosphere is the bubble of the Sun’s influence around our solar system that shields it from cosmic rays...

   
Asteroids reveal solar system’s tumultuous past
Asteroids reveal solar system’s tumultuous past

The widely accepted history of the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter is that the myriad objects are the remnants of a planet that began but failed to coalesce during the formation of the solar system...

   
Martian Orbiter snaps stunning image of Curiosity’s rolling across the Martian surface
Martian Orbiter snaps stunning image of Curiosity’s rolling across the Martian surface

Curiosity is making its mark on Mars. And NASA is using images from one spacecraft above to document the path of the rover trekking across the Martian landscape below...

   
Does a geyser discovery on Europa increase the chance of alien life?
Does a geyser discovery on Europa increase the chance of alien life?

Jupiter’s moon Europa is surely one of the most intriguing worlds in our solar system; observations suggest that the moon harbors a global ocean of liquid water under its icy crust...

   
Saturn’s hexagonal jet stream imaged by Cassini
Saturn’s hexagonal jet stream imaged by Cassini

The north pole of Saturn is surrounded by a bizarre belt of air currents known as the hexagon, a six-sided turbulent stream that has persisted for decades, if not centuries...

   
What does Earth look like when viewed from Saturn? NASA has an answer
What does Earth look like when viewed from Saturn? NASA has an answer

NASA’s Cassini probe has delivered a spectacular and humbling image of Saturn, surrounded by its striking rings and several of its moons. Beyond the enormous ringed planet are three far fainter specks of light, one of which has a hint of blue...