Even though Mercury is one of the brightest objects in the sky, very few observers have ever seen the planet in the night sky. That's because it never strays very far from the sun, and is usually lost in its glare.
An international team working on an unprecedented mission to orbit and land on a comet will attempt a touchdown on the smaller of the comet’s two lobes, a site tentatively named 'J', Rosetta scientists announced on Monday.
At 1:46 p.m. ET (17:46 UT) on Wednesday, the sun reminded the solar system that it hasn't finished with solar maximum quite yet -- it unleashed a powerful solar flare and aimed it right at Earth. Continue reading →
Jupiter's intriguing moon Europa may have a very Earth-like quality -- its thick, icy crust appears to act like Earth's tectonic plates. Continue reading →
A spacecraft chasing a comet in deep space has found that its target is surprisingly dark in color.
On Sunday (Sept. 7), a house-sized interplanetary interloper will fly past Earth at a distance of only 20,000 miles -- that's one-tenth of the distance from the Earth to the moon. Continue reading →
The red planet will soon experience the great relief of having a half-mile wide lump of icy rock just miss it on a flyby. DNews Space Producer Dr. Ian O'Neill explains just how lucky our ruddy, rocky Milky Way buddy will be.
Armchair astronomers can enjoy a cosmic double play tonight (Aug. 29), with back-to-back webcasts featuring faraway Neptune and a close-flying asteroid.
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