Planetary scientists think the Sun may inadvertently create a transitory, tenuous atmosphere around the dwarf planet Ceres — and in an unexpected way.
NASA's Cassini mission nears its final act — the spacecraft will enter the first of its Grand Finale Orbits later this month.
NASA’s MAVEN mission has confirmed that the solar wind stripped the Red Planet of its atmosphere.
Data from the Rosetta mission has linked outbursts on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with dramatic changes on the comet's surface.
Cassini gave us a good look a Saturn's moon Pan last week... and what a strange world it is.
The strange bright deposits inside Occator crater on Ceres are probably from cryovolcanic eruptions that are much younger than the crater itself.
A recent study suggests a plausible mechanism to explain why observers sometimes hear superbright meteors at the same time that they see them.
Hankering to discover new solar systems or understand our own? These citizen science projects and public data troves will help you fill your free time.
NASA has announced that its Juno spacecraft will remain in a wide-ranging orbit around Jupiter, extending the mission's lifetime.
The Dawn spacecraft has detected organic compounds on the dwarf planet Ceres.
Three possible landing sites are now in the running for the U.S. space agency's next Mars rover.
Scientists are studying 400-year-old data to predict space weather in the coming decades — and it seems that future may hold fewer Northern Lights.
A study of ancient meteorites has refined the date for the dissolution of the solar nebula, the cloud that shrouded our Sun in its earliest days.
NASA's Juno spacecraft continues to give us amazing views of Jupiter, now from its fourth perijove pass.
A recent study found micrometeorites in piles of dirt collected from urban European rooftops.
NASA's Cassini returns stunning new views of Daphnis and friends from its ring-grazing orbits.
Japan's Venus orbiter has witnessed a huge atmospheric wave that spans the globe.
New studies offer contrasting scenarios for making the Moon. One argues for a one big splat early in solar-system history; a second envisions a score of lesser blows that built up the Moon over time; and a third suggests water was involved.
The Sun has been unusually quiet lately. Since the start of 2017, only a single tiny sunspot has made a brief appearance on the solar disk.
Astronomers have combined data from the Voyager spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope to probe the stuff between the stars.
From the discovery of gravitational waves to the building evidence that a massive planet could exist beyond Pluto, it has been a thrilling year for astronomy research. We recap.
This beautifully detailed 6-inch globe lets you explore the amazing geology revealed by New Horizons during its historic 2015 flyby.
New results from NASA's Dawn orbiter show that the largest asteroid (and acknowledged dwarf planet) must possess a global layer of water ice that lies just below its dark, dusty surface.
Curiosity scientists have tracked Gale Crater’s changing environment as it became more, then less, acidic over millions of years. Microbial life could have survived in these conditions.
Welcome to Mars: the European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter sets up shop around the Red Planet.