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‘Hot start’ theory says Pluto once had a surface ocean

June 24th, 2020

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 researchers don’t know for sure. Pluto — the once-and-possibly-future planet — is a chilly place. It …

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Astronomers spot 139 new ‘minor planets’ in our own solar system

March 14th, 2020

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 make up 10 percent of confirmed trans-Neptunian objects on record.  Visit BGR’s homepage …

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NASA boss weighs in on Pluto’s planet status

August 27th, 2019

One of the internet’s favorite topics of debate, at least when it comes to astronomy, is whether or not Pluto should be considered a planet. Once considered a planet, Pluto has since been “demoted” by the scientific community and is now considered a dwarf planet. Now, despite nobody really asking him to, NASA boss Jim …

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Pluto’s atmosphere might be dying right before our eyes

April 29th, 2019

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 nitrogen, has persisted despite the rock-bottom temperatures, but new research suggests that trend may changing, …

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NASA spacecraft captures evidence of frozen methane dunes on Pluto

June 1st, 2018

Pluto might not be an official planet anymore but that doesn’t mean the frozen world is any less interesting from a scientific perspective. The dwarf planet hangs out at the far reaches of the Solar System and it’s an incredibly chilly place to be. In fact, recent research has suggested that Pluto might be actually …

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Is Pluto really just a giant comet?

May 25th, 2018

Pluto has had a pretty interesting past few decades. Long considered the ninth official planet, astronomers who redefined what “planet” really means decided to reclassify Pluto in 2006 as a “dwarf planet.” Then in 2015 NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft paid the icy dwarf a visit, giving us a better glimpse of its surface than ever …

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Pluto mystery that confounded scientists might finally be solved

November 15th, 2017

For such a tiny little world, Pluto sure has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. After being demoted from “planet” to “dwarf planet,” Pluto still remains the subject of many scientific endeavors and studies, and new research has perhaps finally solved one of the planet’s most puzzling mysteries. Compared to Earth, Pluto is …