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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Just Smashed Two Records in a Single Day

NASA’s historic mission to “touch the Sun” just reached two important milestones: It now holds the record for the closest approach to the Sun by a human-built object—and also the record for the fastest spacecraft ever sent into space.

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Astronomers have found a new crop of moons around Jupiter, and one of them is a weirdo - The Verge

Ten more moons have been confirmed to orbit around Jupiter, bringing the planet’s total known satellite count to 79. That’s the highest number of moons of any planet in the Solar System.

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The Next Solar Eclipse: Eclipse Maps for the Next 50 Years | Time.com

We've listed every total solar eclipse for the next 50 years, after the one on August 21, with maps showing each eclipse's projected path

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Here's how to see other planets during the total solar eclipse

If you look to the sky during the total solar eclipse on August 21, planets will appear. Here's how to see them.

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Scientists have a new plan for finding extraterrestrial life in our Solar System

Humanity hasn't even scratched the surface of exploring the Milky Way galaxy, much less the rest of the universe, but when it comes to our own Solar System, we have a pretty good idea of what's here.

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Why Are the Mountains on Mars So Much Taller Than Those on Earth? | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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Animation shows how many dwarf planets might orbit past Pluto

Pluto is just an icy appetizer for dwarf planets that may exist in the Kuiper Belt.

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What Happened To The Object That Created Our Moon?

What happened to the object that slammed into the Earth to create the Moon? Was it destroyed entirely, or does it linger in one place?

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Earth-like Planet Discovered Near Solar System

European astronomers announced their discovery of a small rocky planet potentially hospitable to life circling the star closest to our own solar system—our nearest neighbor in a galaxy dense with unexplored alien worlds.

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Planet Nine? Evidence Grows for Big Addition to Solar System

As described by Brown and fellow astronomer Konstantin Batygin Wednesday in the Astronomical Journal, this new planet would be roughly 10 times the size of the Earth and would take as much as 20,000 years to make a single orbit around the sun. Its theore

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Leading Theory Of Solar System Formation Just Disproved! — Starts With A Bang! — Medium

Looks like the inner planets formed *after* the gas giants moved to their current position, and Jupiter ejected a fifth …

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To Scale: The Solar System on Vimeo

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in…

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NASA probe beams back its first color image of Pluto - CNN.com

After more than nine years of traveling through the solar system, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back its first color image of Pluto.

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NASA releases stunning five-year time lapse of the sun

The Solar Dynamics Observatory, which launched five years ago, has been recording breathtaking images of the Sun.

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Rings Like Saturn’s, but Supersized | TIME

Think you've seen big rings in our own solar system? Not even close.

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Astronomers Find Evidence Of Two Undiscovered Planets In Our Solar System

The possibility of a planet lurking in the outer reaches of the solar system has gained new ground, based on the orbits of recently discovered objects. There is a new twist to the latest evidence, however, with suggestions of not one but two large planets

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Scientists: Water on Earth is older than the sun and solar system - The Week

Some 30 to 50 percent of the water on Earth was created more than 4.5 billion years ago and is older than the solar system and the sun, researchers say.

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Voyager 2's view of solar system's edge will be unique - space - 29 August 2014

There's reason to think Voyager 2's sensors will pick up changes that contrast with what Voyager 1 saw en route to the edge of interstellar space