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Mythical ‘Planet Nine’ has been re-debunked

January 21st, 2019

An as-of-yet unseen planet may be lurking at the very distant edge of our Solar System… or it might not exist at all. That incredibly vague and unsatisfying idea is the sum total of what scientists have been able to tell us about the mysterious “Planet Nine,” and it doesn’t look like we’re getting any …

Uranus was slammed by an object twice the size of Earth

December 24th, 2018

It’s been a big year for Uranus. We’ve learned quite a bit about the planet thanks to new research efforts aimed at explaining why it behaves dramatically different when compared to the other planets in our system. Back in July we learned that the planet’s bizarre rotation — it spins at a nearly 90-degree angle …

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Voyager 2 just entered interstellar space

December 10th, 2018

NASA hardware tends to last a long time, but few spacecraft can match the longevity of the two Voyager probes. The twin spacecrafts were launched way back in 1977, and now NASA has revealed that Voyager-2 just achieved a milestone that only its sister ship has accomplished before it: entering interstellar space. Voyager-2’s transition to …

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Jupiter had some major growth problems in its early years

August 28th, 2018

Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System, and the competition really isn’t even close. It’s an absolutely massive planet and it helped define what a gas giant planet truly is. Because of its size, it might be hard to imagine a time when Jupiter had a problem growing, but new research suggests that …