'Towering Hexagon' and Auroras: Saturn's North Polar Wonders

The already well-known hexagon at Saturn’s north pole is a massive jet stream in the atmosphere, similar to the Polar Jet Stream on Earth, but much larger. A new study shows that a “secondary” hexagon extends above this one for hundreds of miles. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn’s north pole is an incredibly […]

TESS Begins Hunt for Other Earths, Opening New Chapter in Exoplanet Research

Artist’s illustration of TESS is space. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

The next big chapter in exoplanet research has begun – NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has started its science observations. This is exciting since TESS will be searching for rocky, Earth-like and potentially habitable planets orbiting nearby stars. TESS is […]

Mapping New Worlds: Researchers Release First Global Maps of Pluto and Charon

A perspective view of the tallest mountains on Pluto – Tenzing Montes, along the western margins of Sputnik Planitia. They reach 3-6 kilometers high. Image Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute/Paul Schenk

When New Horizons sped past Pluto and its moons in July 2015, it revealed some incredible new worlds to explore. They are no […]

Kepler Enters Hibernation Mode, Downlinks Latest Science Data Before Fuel Runs Out

Artist’s conception of the Kepler Space Telescope in space. Fuel is now running very low and the spacecraft has downlinked its latest science data to Earth. Image Credit: NASA/AP

The end is nigh – that appears to be the case at least for NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope which is now running very low on […]

Juno Gets Science Mission Extension and Solves Electrifying Mystery on Jupiter

This image is a combination of a JunoCam image with artist’s conception of lightning distribution in Juno’s northern hemisphere. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/JunoCam

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has shown Jupiter in ways never seen before, not only sending back incredibly detailed images of the beautifully turbulent atmosphere, but also new data on what the giant planet […]

Curiosity Rover Makes Intriguing New Discoveries About Martian Organics and Methane

“Self-portrait” of the Curiosity rover on Vera Rubin Ridge. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Is there or has there ever been life on Mars? We still don’t know the answer for sure, but two new findings announced this morning by NASA during a live discussion provide more tantalizing clues. The new results come from the Curiosity […]

New Evidence For Water Vapor Plumes on Europa Discovered In Old Galileo Mission Data

Illustration of the Galileo probe at Europa in 1997, and how the plume disrupted the moon’s magnetic field. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Michigan

For decades, Jupiter’s moon Europa has fascinated scientists and the public alike after it was learned that a global water ocean lies beneath the icy crust. Could there be life on […]

Cosmic Dance: Astronomers Discover Two Supermassive Black Holes Orbiting Each Other

Artist’s conception of the two supermassive black holes in orbit around each other. Image Credit: Joshua Valenzuela/UNM

Black holes are some of the most bizarre and mysterious phenomena in the Universe – they have captivated the imaginations of scientists and the public alike, and have been featured in many science fiction movies and stories. […]

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Discovers Seven Earth-Sized Worlds Orbiting Nearby Star

Artist’s conception of standing on the surface of exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The search for exoplanets – planets orbiting other stars – has been one of the most exciting developments in astronomy and space science in recent years. The first couple exoplanets were found in 1992, and now over 3,400 have been confirmed, […]

Juno Spacecraft to Remain in Same Orbit, But Science Observations of Jupiter Continue

Spectacular view of Jupiter’s south pole from Juno, taken on Feb. 2, 2017 at 6:06 a.m. PT (9:06 a.m. ET), from an altitude of about 62,800 miles (101,000 kilometers) above the cloud tops (enhanced color version). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/John Landino

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been orbiting the gas giant planet Jupiter since July 4, […]