The first asteroid ever discovered is serving up scientists a new set of firsts. The shiny patches that bespeckle its surface suggest there’s more to Ceres than meets the eye.
Last month Nasa announced, in what seems like a roughly annual event, the discovery of “Earth 2.0”. Described as a “Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth”, Kepler 452b is the first small planet (defined here as less than twice the radius of the Earth) to be in a roughly one year orbit around a Sun-like star.
But is it otherwise that similar to the Earth? Is it potentially habitable? To try and answer that, let’s look at the discovery paper.
Pluto: the last and final of the ‘original’ 9 planets of the Solar System to be visited by a probe. NASA’s New Horizons arrived at this tiny world at the edge of the Solar System earlier this week bringing into sharp focus for the first time. Science was a plentiful from every new image that was released, so here’s a quick recap for you, just in case you blinked and missed it…
In just three years NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will leave Earth and start producing groundbreaking science! That means we have three years to figure out how to best utilize the instruments on board. It’s time for a crash course in exoplanet observations with JWST.
New Horizons is going to reach Pluto in July, 2015. What happens after that?
Meet Mars’ two newest moons, MAVEN and MOM.