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Clyde Tombaugh and the God of the Underworld

One night on February 18th, 1930, Clyde Tombaugh discovered movement of a ninth planet against backgrounds of stars. Tom had spent the whole day searching for it, and there it was- a ninth planet. 130 more words

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Getting Closer to Pluto

The morning of January 19th, 2006 started much like any other morning; I had my coffee, read the newspaper, then browsed the internet to see what was new in the world.   1,216 more words

Mars

Two potential New Horizons targets identified during Hubble pilot study

(The recently discovered Kuiper Belt objects – Photo Credit: NASA/ESA/New Horizons KBO Search Team)

Scientists with NASA’s New Horizons mission have been granted extra observing time on the Hubble Space Telescope following a successful pilot survey which identified two Kuiper Belt objects.

NASA

Two Kuiper Belt objects found: Hubble to proceed with full search for New Horizons targets

I always assumed that NASA had plans to explore other Kuiper Belt objects after the New Horizon’s probe flew by Pluto.  But I’m a bit surprised that they’re just now working out what those objects will be:  108 more words

Zeitgeist

Ancient asteroid destroyer finally found, and it's a new kind of meteorite

For 50 years, scientists have wondered what annihilated the ancestor of L-chondrites, the roof-smashing, head-bonking meteorites that frequently pummel Earth.

Now, a new kind of meteorite discovered in a southern Sweden limestone quarry may finally solve the mystery, scientists report. 1,079 more words

Inner Solar System

Dwarf planet discovered at solar system's edge

It is named 2012 VP113 and is at 83 AU.

But even farther out is another dwarf planet Eris. “Eris is bigger than Pluto, and has a satellite called Dysnomia. 333 more words

Science And Science Fiction News

Introducing Andy Puckett

Andy Puckett is Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. He grew up in the St. 253 more words

Asteroids