Destination Pluto: NASA's New Horizons Mission in Pictures

New Horizons space probe provides the highest resolution image of Pluto ever seen as presented in a NASA press conference on July 15, 2015, at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland. This region near Pluto’s equator surprisingly contains a range of youthful mountains rising to heights of 11,000 feet (3,500 m) above […]

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Kuiper Belt Objects: Facts about the Kuiper Belt & KBOs

by Nola Taylor Redd , Space.com Contributor   |   January 22, 2016 01:06pm ET This artist’s impression shows the distant dwarf planet Eris in the distance with its moon Dysmonia in the foreground. New observations have shown that Eris is smaller than previously thought and almost exactly the same size as Pluto. Eris is extremely reflective […]

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Best Telescopes for the Money – 2016 Reviews and Guide

Space.com Editors have selected 12 Great Telescopes in 4 Categories. Are you a traveler? Student of the sky? On a budget? Live in a small home? Do you like digital tech? Or prefer an analog approach? *Editor’s Note: Start saving on your entire gift list . Get up to 15% cash back and exclusive deals on gadgets, […]

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Celestron NexStar 130SLT Review | What is the Best Beginner Telescope?

130mm Aperture Newtonian Reflector Telescope with SkyAlign Go-To ComputerCredit: Space.com Reflector Telescopes: Newton Astride a Tripod Bright guy, Sir Isaac Newton: He managed to distill the mechanics of our local universe down to three simple laws of motion. He developed much of mathematical calculus. And he harnessed the magnification properties of concave mirrors to drive […]

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Solar Eclipses: An Observer's Guide (Infographic)

by Karl Tate , SPACE.com Infographics Artist   |   September 11, 2015 09:29am ET Editor’s note: The next solar eclipse will occur on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. It will be a partial solar eclipse that will be visible primarily from South Africa and Antarctica. The next lunar eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse on Sept. […]

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Mini Planetary System

This artist’s concept depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system – so compact, in fact, that it’s more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets. Astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes recently confirmed that the system, KOI-961, hosts the three smallest exoplanets known so far to orbit a […]

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Latest Photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

PREVIOUS | NEXT 1 of 58 NASA’s Next Mars Probe Takes Aim at Red Planet Credit: NASA. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is a powerful spacecraft that launched in 2005 and arrived in orbit around the Red Planet a year later. See amazing…Read More » photos from the MRO mission here in this Space.com gallery.   Less « […]

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How Lunar Eclipses Work (Infographic)

Editor’s note:  The next lunar eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse on Sept. 27, 2015. It will occur while the moon is at perigee, making it a rare Supermoon Blood Moon lunar eclipse . Such an event won’t happen again until 2033. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely beneath Earth’s […]

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Top 10 Perseid Meteor Shower Facts

<div class=”multiPageItem slideContainer” data-cycle-pager-template=” Intro ” readability=”38.191640378549″> Perseids From the Sky Credit: NASA/MSFC/D. Moser, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office Every August, the night sky is peppered with little bits of comet debris in what we call the annual Perseid meteor shower . In 2016, the Perseids will peak on Aug. 12 and 13, with up to […]

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