Outer solar system

News about outer solar system facts, outer solar system program, solar system planets, solar system planets information. Jovian Gas Giant planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune search for exoplanets using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and Hubble on The Kuiper Belt.

  • As NASA's New Horizons mission approaches the dwarf planet Pluto in 2015, what with the probe discover? Will it spot icy geysers or surface deposits of organic material?
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  • Astronomers have discovered that the dwarf planet 'Snow White' is an icy world, with about half its surface covered in water ice that once flowed from slush-spewing volcanoes. The dwarf planet may also be covered in a thin layer of methane.
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  • Astronomers have discovered a fourth moon orbiting the dwarf planet Pluto. Studying icy dwarfs like Pluto can help astrobiologists understand the diversity of worlds that might exist throughout the Universe.
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  • On July 11, 2011, Neptune made its first full orbit of the Sun since its discovery in 1846.
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  • By tracking atmospheric features on Neptune, scientists have determined the planet's rotation. It is the first time that such a feat has been achieved for a gas planet in our solar system other than Jupiter.
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  • By tracking atmospheric features on Neptune, scientists have determined the planet's rotation. It is the first time that such a feat has been achieved for a gas planet in our solar system other than Jupiter.
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  • A new website allows the public to discover Kuiper Belt objects in the outer solar system. This region of space holds many mysteries for astrobiologists. Objects from the Kuiper Belt could have played a role in life's origins, and may have caused major impact events
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  • New calculations indicate that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft will leave the Solar System earlier than previously thought.
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  • NASA's Voyager spacecraft has discovered that the edge of our solar system may be filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles.
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  • A new study shows that the dwarf planet Haumea and one of its satellites are covered in water-ice due to tidal forces between them and the heat of radiogenic elements.
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