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  • Voyager 1 leaves the solar system, NASA confirms

    Voyager 1 leaves the solar system, NASA confirms
    This post has been corrected. See note below. After 36 years of space travel and months of heated debate among scientists, NASA confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 has indeed left our solar system and had entered interstellar space more than a year ago....
  • A strange interstellar wind blows through our solar system

    A strange interstellar wind blows through our solar system
    When it comes to studying the region of interstellar space just beyond our solar system, nothing seems to work quite the way scientists imagined. Take Voyager 1 for example. The spacecraft has confounded and delighted researchers for several years...
  • Voyager 1 exits solar system, takes Bach with it

    Voyager 1, the NASA space probe that left Earth in 1977, has officially exited the solar system and is now the first manmade object to enter interstellar space. And it took with it classical music. NASA on Thursday made the big announcement that the...
  • Solar system's tail is clover-shaped, NASA's IBEX finds

    Solar system's tail is clover-shaped, NASA's IBEX finds
    Scientists working on NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer mission have nabbed their first direct glimpse of the so-called heliotail, the long trailing edge of the solar wind. Much to their surprise, three years of data from IBEX, as the Earth-orbiting...
  • NASA's Hubble telescope spots 14th moon of Neptune

    NASA's Hubble telescope spots 14th moon of Neptune
    Once again, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a new moon in the deep reaches of the solar system – this time in orbit around the gas giant Neptune. And once again, the moon was identified by Mark Showalter, a planetary astronomer...
  • House committee: Restore NASA funding for Mars, Jupiter science

    In the latest development in an ongoing dispute between Congress and the Obama administration, the House Appropriations Committee has passed a funding package that restores some funding to the planetary science budget, including money to help pay for...
  • Snow forecast for distant star proves correct

    Snow forecast for distant star proves correct
    Snow was always in the forecast out on the sun-like star TW Hya. It’s just that astronomers were never sure they would actually find it and “see” it. That changed recently when an international team of researchers trained a powerful...
  • What's that in the sky? Ask CUFOS

    What's that in the sky? Ask CUFOS
    Oh, where have the aliens gone? Once a staple of summer, as familiar as humidity, the classic flying saucer Roswell types have vanished from pop culture. Instead, we've had different staples: Iron Man, Adam Sandler, Stephen King. We've been brought 31...
  • Funding restored by House committee would impact JPL missions

    Funding restored by House committee would impact JPL missions
    The House Appropriations Committee has restored nearly $100 million to NASA’s planetary science division, which funds missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La CaƱada Flintridge, officials announced Thursday. “It’s definitely good...
  • By forming stars, galaxy NGC 253 is 'causing its own demise'

    By forming stars, galaxy NGC 253 is 'causing its own demise'
    Astronomers may have figured out why massive galaxies are so rare. A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature revealed that vigorous star formation ejects massive amounts of hydrogen and other gases from a galaxy, depriving would-be stars of the...
  • Space telescope astrophysicist probes space, spreads the word

    Space telescope astrophysicist probes space, spreads the word
    Jason Kalirai doesn't just reach for the stars. He pulls them close and studies them — and encourages others to do so, as well. For two years, Kalirai, an award-winning astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, worked...