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uranus news

Astronomers explain why Uranus is so weird

April 8th, 2020

Japanese astronomers have a theory to explain all the weird things about Uranus, including its rotation speed and the angle at which it spins.  The planet may have been impacted by an icy body that vaporized, pushing the planet on its side and helping to form the planet’s tiny moons.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more …

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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 …

solar system black hole

Is there a black hole hiding right here in our solar system?

September 30th, 2019

Way out on the edge of our solar system something big is lurking that has yet to be identified. Astronomers know it’s there because they can see the way other objects are affected by its gravitational pull, but nobody’s been able to actually determine what it is. There’s plenty of theories, including a planet — …

interstellar comet

Astronomers snap photo of second known interstellar object

September 16th, 2019

The astronomy world received a rare treat last week when an object presumed to be from outside our own solar system was spotted for only the second time ever. At the time, very little was known about the interstellar visitor, but in the days since its initial discovery by an amateur skywatcher, high-powered telescopes have …

name a planet

A new world was found in our solar system, and you can help name it

April 13th, 2019

Being allowed to officially name a planetary body is a privilege that few are ever granted. Typically, new planets, moons, and other large objects found in space are named by the person or group that discovered them, but many of them are never formally named at all, sitting with their scientifically-designated label for years. The …

farfarout object

A new farthest-ever object has been found in our solar system

February 28th, 2019

It wasn’t long ago that astronomers detected the presence of what was then considered the most distant object in our solar system. The object, called 2018 VG18, was given the fitting nickname of “FarOut” by the researchers that discovered it. Unfortunately, the thing about naming space objects is that eventually someone will find one that …