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2015-04-27 10:33:16

If this image gives you the heebie jeebies, you might not want to wait around for New Horizons to get a good look at the spider-like patterns on Pluto.

2015-04-14 16:20:42

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of

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2015-03-22 15:27:39

Pluto is finally getting some recognition as New Horizons plans to reach it this summer. But what's next for the spacecraft?

Nix Hydra
2015-02-18 16:41:21

Exactly 85 years after Clyde Tombaugh’s historic discovery of Pluto, the NASA spacecraft set to encounter the icy dwarf planet this summer is providing its first views of the small moons orbiting Pluto.

2015-02-04 16:21:07

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's New Horizons spacecraft returned its first new images of Pluto on Wednesday, as the probe closes in on the dwarf planet.

new horizons
2015-01-17 08:58:14

After a journey of more than eight years, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has finally entered the first of several planned approach phases around Pluto, and these will culminate with a historic first-ever flyby of the dwarf planet this summer.

Patroclus-Menoetius
2014-11-14 03:05:39

When the double asteroid Patroclus-Menoetius passed directly in front of a star on the night of Oct. 20, a team of volunteer astronomers across the U.S. was waiting.

Kuiper Belt object
2014-10-16 05:54:06

Three new Kuiper Belt objects that could possibly be visited by the New Horizons spacecraft have been uncovered by the Hubble Space Telescope.

pluto debate
2014-09-25 05:51:31

Pluto may no longer be a planet in the eyes of the International Astronomical Union, but as a recent debate hosted by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics revealed, not everyone agrees with the official assessment that led to its 2006 demotion.


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Planet Charon -- Charon is the only known satellite of Pluto. Charon was discovered by astronomer James Christy in 1978 using photographic plates which showed a bulge moving around Pluto. Christy named it after the Greek mythological figure Charon but pronounced it differently. The "ch" at the beginning of the moon's name is soft so it sounds like "Sharon," after the astronomer's wife Charlene, nicknamed Char, which both have soft ch sounds. The mythological figure's name is...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Planet Pluto -- Pluto is the ninth and smallest planet of our solar system. It was discovered by the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona on February 18, 1930 (although the body was first photographed on March 19, 1915). Tombaugh was searching for a "Planet X" to explain the orbit of Neptune; further analysis, with seven decades more data about Neptune's position, has resolved the perceived anomaly without need for an additional gravitational pull on Neptune....

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Word of the Day
dipsas
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.