The solar neighborhood is a dynamic and ever-changing environment—and it wasn’t always the placid, low-key one we know today. Some of its residents have included—or will include—eclipsing binaries, giant stars, and side-swiping interlopers. Here’s a look at our Sun’s most thrilling past and future encounters.
Gigantic tsunamis, deadly bolides, seismic shocks, raging firestorms and a nuclear winter—these were just a few of the headaches the dinosaurs had to experience about 66 million years ago. We’ve broken down some of the signal events of that fateful day that cleared the Earth for the Rise of the Mammals.
After 24 hours of silence, Rosetta came back.
Space just got a little more crowded.
It's been confirmed—Jupiter was struck by a celestial object.
The Kuiper Belt is home to many of the solar systems comets, asteroids, and dwarf planets. Because it’s so far from the Sun, there’s much we still don’t know about it.
The Rosetta team just confirmed that we found water ice on Comet 67P’s surface.
For the first time, water ice has been detected on the surface of a comet.
Comet Lovejoy lived up to its name by releasing large amounts of alcohol as well as a type of sugar into space, according to new observations by an international team. The discovery marks the first...
This mysterious world looks like a planet but behaves like a comet.
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