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The Kuiper Belt

The Kuiper Belt has been in the news lately, because the New Horizons space probe will be visiting it next year. The Kuiper Belt consists of a number of objects on the fringes of the Solar System (from about from about 30 to 55 AU out). 83 more words


New Horizons Crosses Neptune's Orbit

NASA announced earlier today that the New Horizons spacecraft has crossed Neptune’s orbit. New Horizons is on its way toward Pluto. It will perform detailed studies of Pluto when it flies by in July next year and then hopefully continue on to study some Kuiper Belt objects.


New Horizons Approaching the Third Zone

NASA’s New Horizons crosses Neptune’s orbit in two weeks. It will enter its last hibernation period four days later before waking up to its target, Pluto. 344 more words

Solar System

There! Are! NINE! Planets!


See, for the longest time, I’ve been fascinated by space, and the stars, and astronomy. When I was a kid in the 1950s I’d go from New York City where I lived to visit one of my uncles in the country, and he had an interesting and eclectic library, which things like CS Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet or  1,049 more words

We've Arrived -- At Last!

This week, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft finally arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a decade-long journey. Why did it take so long to arrive at the comet, which is located just between Mars and Jupiter? 563 more words

Outer Space

For planets, one thing leads to another

One of the biggest benefits of being a journalist is that you become aware of interesting things from various fields. As a science journalist, the ambit is narrowed but the interestingness, not at all. 709 more words


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