Pluto

Eruption Of Ice Volcano Threw Liquid Water Over The Frozen Surface Of Pluto

Liquid water could once have existed on the frozen surface of Pluto, put there by the violent eruption of a cryovolcano. By analyzing the wavelengths of light in images of Pluto, scientists have detected ammonia in exposed water ice. The post...
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Pluto Shocking Discovery: New Findings Suggest Dwarf Planet Could Have Hosted Life

Pluto is not one of the planets that would come to mind when talking about worlds that could harbor life outside Earth, but a new study may suggest that the dwarf planet shouldn't be excluded from mankind's search.
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An Insulating Layer Of Gas Could Keep A Liquid Ocean Inside Pluto

A new study led by Japanese researchers indicates that Pluto could have a subsurface ocean, provided there is an "insulating layer" beneath the ice. The post An Insulating Layer of Gas Could Keep a Liquid Ocean Inside Pluto appeared first on...

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Seven Things We've Learned About Ultima Thule, The Farthest Place Visited By Humans

About a billion miles more distant than Pluto is Ultima Thule, a peanut-shaped object in the outer solar system that's the farthest place ever visited by humans.
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Pluto's Underground Ocean Is Still Liquid. Here's How.

Of the many mysteries of the beloved former planet Pluto, the likely presence of a liquid ocean under its icy surface is one of the biggest. Now, a new study is offering up a theory on how its ocean has avoided freezing along with the rest of the...
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New Horizons Reveals Ultima Thule's Quiet, Lonesome Past

After New Horizons streaked past Pluto in 2015, its main task was over, but it still had work to do. On New Year’s Day of 2019, it made a flyby of another, even more distant object named 2014 MU69, more commonly called Ultima Thule. Since then,...

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Scientists Investigate Dwarf Planet's Ring

Discovered in 2004, Haumea is a dwarf planet located beyond Pluto's orbit in a region of the solar system called the Kuiper Belt. Pluto was demoted from the category of fully fledged planets in 2006 because of the discovery of Haumea and other dwarf...
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Pluto Debate Sheds Light On Challenges With Classifying Planets

Pluto used to be considered a “regular planet” by astronomers until 2006, when its status was downgraded to “dwarf planet.” On April 29, experts live streamed a discussion on the matter, and interestingly […] The post...
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Pluto’s Atmosphere Might Be Dying Right Before Our Eyes

Pluto, the once-planet and now-dwarf-planet, is an incredibly hostile world as far as life is concerned. Pluto, which sits near the edges of the solar system, far from the Sun, is incredibly frigid. Its thin atmosphere, which consists mostly of...
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Watch A Debate Over Whether Pluto Should Get Its Planet Status Back

If you’re someone who is still upset about Pluto’s planetary demotion from more than a decade ago, then an upcoming debate about the definition of the word “planet” may be of interest to you. One of Pluto’s biggest defenders, Alan Stern,...
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Ultima Thule Is Unlike Anything We’ve Seen In The Solar System

It turns out Ultima Thule is a kind of lumpy space snowman. If you've been following NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, you know Ultima Thule is an object in Kuiper Belt, the donut-shaped region of icy bodies beyond Pluto. New Horizons made...
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Pluto And Charon Don’t Have Enough Small Craters

The New Horizons team just shared new findings about the lack of small craters on Pluto and Charon's surface, which reveal things about the Kuiper Belt. The post Pluto and Charon Don’t Have Enough Small Craters appeared first on Universe Today.
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New Horizons Data Hints There Are Few Small Kuiper Belt Bodies

Researchers at the Southwest Research Institute have been pouring over data that NASA’s New Horizons probe recorded in 2015 on its flyby of Pluto and Charon. One of the surprising things they have discovered in their study is that there are...
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Today's Good News Is That Whoever Has To Clean Up Solar System Will Have An Easy Job: Lack Of Small...

None of that tiny space rubble to sweep away, judging by snaps of Pluto's acne spots The Solar System's Kuiper belt, a donut-shaped pile up of debris extending beyond Neptune, contains a surprisingly lack of small objects, judging from images of...
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New Map Reveals Geology And History Of Pluto's Moon Charon

What a difference a planetary flyby makes. Pluto's moon Charon—once no more than a fuzzy blob of pixels beside a larger blob—now has its first geological map, published in AGU's Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.
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Snapshot: World's Largest Bee Rediscovered In Indonesia

What a bee! Lost to the science since 1981, the world’s largest bee (Megachile pluto) has been rediscovered on an island in Indonesia. Its non-scientific name is Wallace’s giant bee, named for British entomologist Alfred Russel Wallace,...

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A 23rd-century Tourist Guide To The Galaxy (pictures) - Cnet

By 2200, Mars and Pluto could be on your travel bucket list. As NASA and Elon Musk make plans to visit the red planet, we've compiled our own list of future interplanetary and even interstellar adventures.
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An Obsessive Quest Just Ended With The Rediscovery Of The World’s Largest Bee

The largest bee in the world is black, has a giant curved jaw, and is the size of a human thumb. And up until this week, scientists believed it was extinct. Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto), native to the North Moluccas islands in Indonesia,...

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Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like A Pancake (and Not A Space Snowman After All)

The final photos that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped of Ultima Thule during the probe's epic Jan. 1 flyby reveal the distant object to be much flatter than scientists had thought.
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A 'ridiculous' Yet Simple Animation By A Nasa Scientist Shows How Long It Takes Light To Reach...

The speed of light is about 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second) in a vacuum. That can be tough to comprehend, so a scientist at NASA created several simple animations to demonstrate light's speed. His latest video — which he...
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