I'm a graphic designer and space blogger living in Rhode Island. My love of astronomy and space exploration has driven me to create LightsInTheDark.com, a blog about the exploration of our amazing solar system. I also write for Universe Today.
In case you didn't know, a huge -- like, on a galactic scale -- cloud of gas is currently speeding toward our galaxy at 700,000 mph.
Although its job is to search for powerful energies emanated by distant cosmic objects, a space observatory recently turned its eye toward Earth and saw our home planet's aurora glowing brightly with powerful X-rays.
In a decidedly wintry-looking scene, frost-filled fractures fills a crater near the north pole of Mars -- as observed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
After more than eleven years orbiting Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has made its last-ever targeted flyby of Enceladus, the big little moon that has intrigued scientists with its southern ice geysers since Cassini first spotted them in 2005.
It's not in a galaxy far, far away or even another star system -- this alien world is right in our planetary backyard, a mere 900 million miles away in orbit around Saturn.
The Japanese space agency JAXA has released a confirmation that their Venus mission Akatsuki did indeed enter orbit at Venus on Dec. 7 (JST) -- and this is the view from orbit.
After five years of soaring around the solar system Japan's Akatsuki spacecraft has performed the necessary maneuver to enter orbit around Venus!
A Japanese spacecraft, which failed to make it into Venus orbit in 2010, is making a return trip to the planet after being stuck in solar orbit and engineers are hopeful it will complete its mission.
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