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What's Up in the Solar System
Solar System
Nov 6, 2019
Highlights of the November sky include how to watch as Mercury transits the Sun on November 11, plus how to observe the regular dimming and brightening of the "Demon star," Algol, with your own eyes.
Solar System
Oct 24, 2019
As NASA prepares to return to the Moon, one of the many exciting opportunities scientists are preparing for is the ability to use the water that exists there to support human exploration. The presence of water has been a relatively recent discovery, opening up many exciting possibilities for future... Read More
Exploring the Presence of Water on the Moon Poster
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Sky Watching
Sep 9, 2019
It is an ice giant, a planet of monster storms, and a recluse rarely seen. However on the night of September 9 the planet Neptune will be at opposition, the yearly event where Earth passes directly between Neptune and our Sun. Sky watchers and astronomers will take the opportunity to observe this... Read More
Eye on Neptune Poster
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Jul 26, 2019
At the close of the last century, a comet, captured into orbit around a planet, traveled too close and was shredded by its gravity into multiple pieces, some as large as a half a mile (1 km) long. Those fragments would plunge into the the planet’s atmosphere in a series of impacts. Would the... Read More
The Lasting Impacts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Poster
Solar System
Jul 8, 2019
Scientists have unlocked clues about the earliest forms of life on Earth by studying fossils found across our planet. Similarly, we’re now learning more about the earliest formation of our solar system from a different kind of fossil – a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69.   
Fly By of MU69 Poster
Solar System, Mars
Apr 23, 2019
Following National Academy of Sciences recommendations, advice from the NASA Advisory Council, and subsequent unanimous agreement from NASA’s science leadership, the agency has established an independent Planetary Protection Review Board to review established guidelines for planetary protection and... Read More
Artist concept of the solar system
Solar System, Sky Watching
Mar 20, 2019
2019 will be an excellent year to look to the sky and enjoy the spectacular view of Earth’s nearest neighbor, the Moon. 50 years ago, we witnessed one of humankind’s most remarkable achievements when we first stepped foot on the dusty surface of the Moon.  
A Super Start to 2019 Poster
Solar System
Mar 5, 2019
What can you see in the March sky? Jupiter and other planets in the morning, a change of seasons and an open star cluster called the Beehive.
What's Up in the Solar System
Solar System
Feb 15, 2019
Scientists who study the solar system tend to ask big questions: How was our solar system formed? Where did the building blocks of life come from? What hazards from above threaten life on our planet? To find answers, they’re looking more and more at small worlds.   
Big Questions About Small Worlds Poster
Solar System
Feb 4, 2019
Remember the old adage: Big things come in small packages? NASA has updated it - in the form of CubeSats. Imagine a real, working satellite that’s so small you can hold it in your hands: Just 4 inches (10 cm) across, these cubes can be expanded incrementally depending on their specific mission... Read More
Small Satellites yield Big Discoveries Poster
Solar System, Sky Watching
Dec 12, 2018
People around the world have the opportunity to participate in the study of a comet in December of 2018, when a hyperactive comet that orbits between Jupiter and the Sun will be closest to Earth. It will be so close, in fact, that you may be able to see it with the naked eye within a week or two... Read More
You Light Up Our Night Poster
Solar System
Dec 7, 2018
December brings the Geminids, a visible comet, and a fond farewell.
What's Up in the Solar System
Solar System
Dec 3, 2018
After traveling through space for more than two years and over two billion miles, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft arrived at its destination, asteroid Bennu, on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The spacecraft will spend... Read More
This series of images taken by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft shows Bennu in one full rotation from a distance of around 50 miles (80 km). The spacecraft’s PolyCam camera obtained the thirty-six 2.2-millisecond frames over a period of four hours and 18 minutes.
Solar System
Nov 5, 2018
What's Up for November? Planets, asteroid Juno, comet 46P, and a morning meteor shower.
What's Up in the Solar System
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Oct 23, 2018
Lightning is as beautiful as it is powerful – a violent, hotter than the surface of the Sun electrical marvel. But might lightning on other planets be even more astonishing?  Consider this. When Voyager 1 flew by Jupiter in 1979, its imager captured areas nearly as big as the U.S. lit up by... Read More
Lightning Across the Solar System Poster