Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world

Science 12/27/18, 12:03

The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world.NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the scrawny, icy object nicknamed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) soon after ...

Farout: Scientists spot solar system’s farthest known object

Space 12/17/18, 16:20

Astronomers have spotted the farthest known object in our solar system — and they've nicknamed the pink cosmic body "Farout."The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center announced the discovery Monday."Farout" is about 120 astronomical units away — that's 120 times ...

Another NASA spacecraft runs out of steam, 2nd this week

Science 11/01/18, 14:03

NASA has lost a second spacecraft this week, ending a fruitful mission in the asteroid belt.Running low on fuel for some time, the Dawn spacecraft this week stopped communicating with flight controllers. Its prolonged silence prompted NASA to declare it ...

Scrawny dwarf planet, named Goblin, found well beyond Pluto

U.S. 10/02/18, 14:33

A scrawny dwarf planet nicknamed the Goblin has been discovered well beyond Pluto.A round frozen world just 186 miles (300 kilometers) across, the Goblin was spotted by astronomers in 2015 around Halloween, thus its spooky name. But it wasn't publicly ...

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