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Do-It-Yourself Dwarf Planet: Exploring Ceres in Labs

March 3, 2019

Ceres, the dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter, is a mysterious and exotic world, with its complicated history…
Discovered: The Most-Distant Solar System Object Ever Observed

December 18, 2018

A team of astronomers has discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our Solar System.  It is the…
Just discovered! “Farout”, the Farthest Object Ever Seen in the Solar System

December 18, 2018

Astronomers have discovered a distant body that’s more than 100 times farther from the Sun than Earth is.…
ALMA's high-resolution images of nearby protoplanetary disks, which are results of the Disk Substructures at High Angular Resolution Project (DSHARP). Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), S. Andrews et al.; NRAO/AUI/NSF, S. Dagnello
The Epoch of Planet Formation, Times Twenty

December 14, 2018

ALMA Campaign Provides Unprecedented Views of the Birth of Planets Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit…
Astronomers discover super-Earth around Barnard’s star

November 19, 2018

The study was co-led by researchers from Queen Mary University of London, and from the Institut d’Estudis Espacials…
New Dwarf Planet Found in the Outskirts of the Solar System. More Ammunition to Search for Planet 9

October 4, 2018

Astronomers have found a new dwarf planet way out beyond Pluto that never gets closer than 65 AUs…
New extremely distant Solar System object found during hunt for Planet X

October 3, 2018

Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard and his colleagues—Northern Arizona University’s Chad Trujillo, and the University of Hawaii’s David Tholen—are once…
New Reasons why Pluto Should be Considered a Planet After All

September 10, 2018

In 2006, during their 26th General Assembly, the International Astronomic Union (IAU) passed a resolution to adopt a…
Legacy of NASA’s Dawn, Near the End of its Mission

September 8, 2018

NASA’s Dawn mission is drawing to a close after 11 years of breaking new ground in planetary science,…
Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch

July 17, 2018

Pasadena Conference to Include New Insight into Dwarf Planet Ceres As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft prepares to wrap up…
Charon at 40: Four Decades of Discovery on Pluto’s Largest Moon

June 23, 2018

The largest of Pluto’s five moons, Charon, was discovered 40 years ago today by James Christy and Robert…
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres

October 20, 2017

NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid…
Ring around a dwarf planet detected

October 12, 2017

Haumea has a narrow and dense ring orbiting the dwarf planet according to the recent observations of a…
Could TRAPPIST-1’s seven Earth-like planets have gas giant siblings?

September 7, 2017

New work from a team of Carnegie scientists (and one Carnegie alumnus) asked whether any gas giant planets…
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby

September 7, 2017

NASA’s New Horizons mission has set the distance for its New Year’s Day 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt…
Scientists Improve Brown Dwarf Weather Forecasts

August 18, 2017

Dim objects called brown dwarfs, less massive than the Sun but more massive than Jupiter, have powerful winds…
NASA-funded Citizen Science Project Discovers New Brown Dwarf

July 19, 2017

One night three months ago, Rosa Castro finished her dinner, opened her laptop, and uncovered a novel object…
New Horizons Unveils New Maps of Pluto, Charon on Flyby Anniversary

July 15, 2017

On July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight through the Pluto system – providing…
SOFIA to Make Advance Observations of Next New Horizons Flyby Object

July 11, 2017

On July 10, researchers using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will attempt to study the…
NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates

June 20, 2017

NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new candidates,…
New Horizons Team Digs into New Data on Next Flyby Target

June 14, 2017

It was the most technically-challenging and complex stellar occultation observation campaign ever attempted: At least 54 observing teams…
New Horizons Deploys Global Team for Rare Look at Next Flyby Target

May 26, 2017

On New Year’s Day 2019, more than 4 billion miles from home, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will race…
Hubble Spots Moon Around Third Largest Dwarf Planet

May 19, 2017

The combined power of three space observatories, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, has helped astronomers uncover a moon orbiting…
Ceres’ Temporary Atmosphere Linked to Solar Activity

April 7, 2017

Scientists have long thought that Ceres may have a very weak, transient atmosphere, but mysteries lingered about its…
New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target

April 4, 2017

How time and our spacecraft fly – especially when you’re making history at 32,000 miles (51,500 kilometers) per…
Ice in Ceres’ Shadowed Craters Linked to Tilt History

March 23, 2017

Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but…
NASA’s New Horizons, IAU Set Pluto Naming Themes

February 24, 2017

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) – the internationally recognized authority for naming celestial bodies and their surface features…
Dawn Discovers Evidence for Organic Material on Ceres

February 17, 2017

NASA’s Dawn mission has found evidence for organic material on Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest body…
NASA-funded Website Lets the Public Search for New Nearby Worlds

February 17, 2017

NASA is inviting the public to help search for possible undiscovered worlds in the outer reaches of our…
Dwarf star 200 light years away contains life’s building blocks

February 10, 2017

Many scientists believe the Earth was dry when it first formed, and that the building blocks for life…
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