Pluto

Explaining Glaciers Of Solid Methane And Nitrogen On Pluto

Planetary scientist Dr. Helen Maynard-Casely and associates have reported for the first time how solid methane and nitrogen expand in response to temperature changes and resolved an historic ambiguity relating to the structure of nitrogen.

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Poor Pluto Is 10 Times Smaller Than Thought

Originally published in July 1950 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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10 Cool Things We Learned About Pluto From New Horizons

Five years ago today, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made history. After a voyage of nearly 10 years and more than 3 billion miles, the intrepid piano-sized probe flew within 7,800 miles of Pluto. For the first time ever, we saw the surface of this...
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‘hot Start’ Theory Says Pluto Once Had A Surface Ocean

New research suggests Pluto once had an ocean on its surface. Evidence for the theory comes from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft which spotted unique cracks on the dwarf planet's surface. Pluto may even still host a subsurface ocean, but...
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Pluto Has Likely Maintained An Underground Liquid Ocean For Billions Of Years

The discovery hints that subsurface oceans are common in the outer solar system, which is good news for the those seeking extraterrestrial life.
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Pluto Has Likely Maintained An Underground Liquid Ocean For Billions Of Years

The discovery hints that subsurface oceans are common in the outer solar system, which is good news for the those seeking extraterrestrial life.
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New Model Challenges Idea That Pluto Started Out Frozen

Enlarge (credit: NASA/APL/SRI) Pluto’s recategorization as a dwarf planet may have caused some past anger, but there has never been a better time to be a Pluto fan. Since the New Horizons mission gave us our first real look at Pluto in 2015,...
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No Longer A Planet And Left Out In The Cold, Pluto, It Turns Out, May Have Had Hot Beginnings

That subsurface ocean scientists think the dwarf has? It may have formed 'early', claims paper Pluto, the icy dwarf planet hanging out in the Kuiper Belt, may well have been hot when it formed and could have supported a subsurface liquid ocean early...
Related topics: Space, Kuiper Belt

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Evidence Supports 'hot Start' Scenario And Early Ocean Formation On Pluto

The accretion of new material during Pluto's formation may have generated enough heat to create a liquid ocean that has persisted beneath an icy crust to the present day, despite the dwarf planet's orbit far from the sun in the cold outer reaches of...
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Pluto Probe Offers Eye-popping View Of Neighboring Star Proxima Centauri

NASA’s New Horizons mission measures the distances of two stars from the outer reaches of the Solar System -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Nasa's New Horizons Probes 'alien Sky' At The Edge Of The Solar System - Cnet

The spacecraft examined the cosmos from well beyond Pluto, revealing a different view of the stars than we're used to seeing on Earth.
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Could Theorized Planet 9 Be A Primordial Black Hole? Researchers Propose Method To Find Out

There are eight classical planets in our solar system, from speedy Mercury to distant Neptune. There are also numerous dwarf planets, such as Pluto and Ceres. While we continue to find more dwarf planets, there are some hints that another large...
Related topics: Space, Black Holes, Neptune

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Pluto's Weird Atmosphere Just Collapsed

The dramatic fall in atmospheric pressure on Pluto is much larger than astronomers expected
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Pluto's Weird Atmosphere Just Collapsed

The dramatic fall in atmospheric pressure on Pluto is much larger than astronomers expected
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Sofia Finds Clues Hidden In Pluto's Haze

When the New Horizons spacecraft passed by Pluto in 2015, one of the many fascinating features its images revealed was that this small, frigid world in the distant solar system has a hazy atmosphere. Now, new data helps explain how Pluto's haze is...
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Apparently, This Is All Pluto's Fault

There was a time, not too long ago considering the long history of our galaxy but also long enough ago considering how short our attention spans have gotten, when everyone was on Pluto’s side. Was it a planet or was it not? Yes! Shouted the...
Related topics: Galaxies, Space

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Is Pluto A Planet Or A Dwarf Planet? Why This Debate Won't Die.

Ethen Kim Lieser Space, Recent data also indicate that Pluto has an atmosphere, mountain ranges, a core, and perhaps an interior ocean. Moreover, Pluto boasts its own moon, the 750-mile-wide Charon. Isn't that enough?  Back when most of us were...
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Collision On One Side Of Pluto Ripped Up Terrain On The Other, Study Suggests

A new computer model shows how a buried ocean on the dwarf planet might have enabled seismic waves to travel -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Astronomers Spot 139 New ‘minor Planets’ In Our Own Solar System

Astronomers spotted 139 new objects in our solar system in orbit beyond Neptune.  Many of these new trans-Neptunian objects reside in the same area of our system that Pluto does, but some are much further away from the Sun.  The new discoveries...
Related topics: Space, Sun, Neptune

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Hackaday Links: February 23, 2020

If you think your data rates suck, take pity on New Horizons. The space probe, which gave us lovely pictures of the hapless one-time planet Pluto after its 2015 flyby, continued to plunge and explore other, smaller objects in the Kuiper belt. In...
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