Latest Planets Stories
New theory advanced for how collapsed stars become polluted -- pointing to ominous fate that awaits planet Earth.
Tatooine, a fictional planet with two stars that is best known as the home of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie franchise, may not be as farfetched as one might think.
Analysis of the two brown dwarfs located closest to the sun suggests that there could actually be a third, previously undetected planetary-mass object, according to research published as a letter to the editor in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.
University of Arizona astronomers are scratching their heads after discovering the most distant orbiting planet to date which is throwing a wrench in planet formation theories.
A recently discovered exoplanet was found wandering the depths of space without the warming comfort of a nearby sun.
A team of astronomers say free-floating planets can be born freely, outside of an existing solar system -- a discovery that contradicts previous beliefs they must be ejected from host systems.
Uwingu announced on Wednesday the launch of the world's first "Adopt-a-Planet" campaign, allowing the public an opportunity to adopt planets.
In the second installment of our new series, Dr. Eric Mamajek discusses how planets form and the search for planets outside of our solar system.
Planetary researchers have a new tool in their artillery when trying to hunt for extrasolar planets. Scientists can now use simulated models developed by a group of scientists of how planets are born, helping the hunt for extrasolar planets.
On August 24, 2006, the solar system’s most distant family member -- tiny, isolated icy planet Pluto -- received some shocking news: it would no longer be considered a true planet.
Cosmogony -- Cosmogony is the study of the origins of celestial objects. It is most commonly used to refer to the study of the origin of the solar system. Currently, the most widely accepted theory is that the solar system was formed roughly 5 billion years ago with the collapse of a nebula of gas and dust, likely caused by shock waves generated by a nearby supernova. The solar system would have formed as a member of a star cluster, now long-since dispersed throughout the Milky Way over...
Asteroid Belt -- The Asteroid belt is a region of the solar system falling roughly between the planets Mars and Jupiter where the greatest concentration of asteroid orbits can be found. It is believed that, during the first million years of the solar system history, planets formed by accretion of planetesimals. Ripetute collisions led to the familiar rocky planets and to the gas giant's cores. However, in this zone of the system the strong gravity of Jupiter inhibited the final stages...
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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