Spectral observations by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal that the dwarf planet’s mysterious beacon is made of salt.
A recently discovered asteroid plays leapfrog with Earth as they both orbit around the Sun.
Astronomers have reconstructed 18-century telescopes to observe sunspots and better understand solar cycles.
An innovative new meteor detection network will engage researchers and the public in a search for space rocks.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko appears to have split into two segments that briefly orbited each other and then slowly merged into a new configuration.
Astronomers have new radio images of Jupiter that allow them to see deep into its atmosphere.
Planetary scientists are counting on amateur observations to enhance the results from NASA's forthcoming Juno mission.
A Kuiper Belt object discovered nearly a decade ago turns out to be much darker — and thus larger — than thought. It's also an especially slow spinner.
During two Martian years, Curiosity tracks seasonal patterns in atmosphere, temperature, and maybe even methane.
Join in Monday, May 9th, as tiny Mercury crosses the Sun's disk for the first time since 2006. S&T's exclusive video feeds and expert interviews will air throughout the 7½-hour event.
Astronomers have been searching for companions to the distant dwarf planet Makemake for years. Finally, they've spotted one.
Planetary scientists have increasing reasons to think that some of the ringed giant’s moons are only 100 million years old.
Observations by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, combined with new modeling of long-term trends, suggest that Pluto's atmosphere is far more dynamic than anyone imagined.
By tracking deviations in spacecraft orbits, planetary scientists have created a high-resolution map of the Red Planet's gravitational pull.
Among its other geologic oddities, Pluto has clusters of hills floating in a frozen "sea" dominated by nitrogen ice. These bobbing bumps might hold clues to the plain's depth and evolution.
Does a massive, extremely distant planet orbit the Sun? A new analysis of distant solar-system orbits argues that it should exist.
Are enigmatic gullies seen on many steep Martian slopes caused by liquid water or instead by episodic coatings of frozen carbon dioxide?
A mechanical problem in the spacecraft's seismometer can't be fixed before the planned launch date, so NASA managers have postponed the mission until 2018.
Scientists and engineers gathered together to figure out what would make a good Martian landing site and what hurdles they’ll have to overcome for a 2035 launch.
Following a wildly popular contest, the International Astronomical Union has named 14 stars and 31 planets that orbit them.
Results from NASA's Dawn spacecraft hint that the stark brightenings in and near scores of craters on Ceres might result from salty brines seeping onto the surface.
Engineers executed an innovative contingency plan to save the Akatsuki spacecraft and place it in orbit around our sister planet.
Dynamicists predict that the larger of Mars's two moons will shatter to create a ring, slam into the planet — or both — in 20 to 40 million years.
An ultra-deep survey has turned up a sizable object situated nearly 10 billion miles from the Sun — more distant than any known solar-system object.
As ESA's comet orbiter enters its final year of operations, mission managers are deciding its fate.