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Moon Saving Pluto’s Atmosphere From Decay
Charon -- Pluto's moon which is more than half its diameter and orbits only 12,000 or so miles away -- is slowing down the decay of Pluto's atmosphere, scientists have found. To put that into perspective, picture our moon three times closer to Earth and as large as Mars. A new study from the G..
Pluto’s Frozen Surface May Hide A Vast Liquid Ocean
Pluto's frozen surface may conceal a liquid ocean lying deep beneath, suggests new research based on analysis of features revealed by NASA's New Horizons probe. The new research could explain why Sputnik Planitia -- which forms one side of the famous heart-shaped feature seen in the first New Hor..
New Horizons’ Last Bit Of Pluto Data Reaches Earth
It took more than a year but the last bits of science data from New Horizons' Pluto flyby -- stored on the spacecraft's digital recorders since July 2015 -- arrived safely on Earth this week, NASA said. The final item - a segment of a Pluto-Charon observation sequence taken by the Ralph/LEISA ima..
NASA Probe Finds Hint Of Cloud On Pluto
Scientists from NASAs New Horizons mission claim to have identified some cloud candidates on Pluto after examining images taken during the spacecrafts July 2015 flight through the dwarf planet system. "We're excited about the exploration ahead for New Horizons, and also about what we are still di..
What Shaped Pluto’s Huge Icy Heart?
Researchers believe they now know the origin of the large heart-shaped nitrogen glacier revealed in 2015 on Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft. Pluto's peculiar insolation and atmosphere favour nitrogen condensation near the equator, in the lower altitude regions, leading to an accumulation of ..
Charon’s Red Spot Caused by Pluto’s Atmosphere
Examining images obtained by NASA's New Horizons probe, scientists have found that the reddish spot at the North Pole of Charon is chemically processed methane that escaped from Plutos atmosphere onto its largest moon. The cameras on New Horizons spacecraft first spotted the large reddish polar r..
Space Telescope Sees Bright Comet Diving Into Sun
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, saw a bright sungrazing comet plunge towards the Sun at nearly 1.3 million miles per hour, NASA has said. This comet, first spotted by European Space Agency and NASA's SOHO on August 1, is part of the Kreutz family of comets, a group of comets with..
NASA’s Juno Mission Sends First Image Of Jupiter, Its Moons
NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent the first-ever image of the gas giant Jupiter and three of its four moons to the Earth as it continues orbiting the planet. The image was taken on July 10 when the spacecraft was 4.3 million km from Jupiter on the outbound leg of its initial 53.5-day capture orbit...
Astronomers Stumble Upon A ‘Frankenstein’ Galaxy
Scientists have discovered an enormous, bizarre galaxy possibly formed from the parts of other galaxies about 718,000 light-years away in an otherwise quiet neighbourhood. More than seven times wider than the Milky Way, UGC 1382 is a "Frankenstein" galaxy that had originally bee..
After Pluto, New Horizons Set To Meet Deeper Space Object
Washington, July 2 : After its historic first-ever flyby of Pluto, NASA's New Horizons mission has received the green light to fly onward to an object deeper in the Kuiper Belt. The spacecraft's planned rendezvous with the ancient object named 2014 MU69 -- considered one of the early building blo..