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Curious Kids: Why don’t the planets closest to the Sun melt or burn up?

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Curious Kids: Why don’t the planets closest to the Sun melt or burn up?

Curious Kids: Why don’t the planets closest to the Sun melt or burn up? While Mercury is indeed very hot, it is not hot enough to melt. NASA/JPL-Caltech, CC BY Chris Tinney, UNSW This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The […]

TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System

This illustration shows what the TRAPPIST-1 system might look like from a vantage point near planet TRAPPIST-1f (at right). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System

TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System If we want to know more about whether life could survive on a planet outside our solar system, it’s important to know the age of its star. Young stars have frequent releases of high-energy radiation called flares that […]

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity

Wispy clouds float across the Martian sky taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/York University

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth’s ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. These clouds are the most clearly visible so far from Curiosity, which landed five […]

The sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface – here’s why it matters

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The sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface – here’s why it matters

The sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface – here’s why it matters The sun by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. NASA/SDO (AIA) Stephen Serjeant, The Open University My favourite science news is the stuff that changes the way […]

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

This artist's rendering shows Cassini as the spacecraft makes one of its final five dives through Saturn's upper atmosphere in August and September 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the […]

When the sun goes dark: 5 questions answered about the solar eclipse

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When the sun goes dark: 5 questions answered about the solar eclipse

When the sun goes dark: 5 questions answered about the solar eclipse NASA’s projection of the August 21 solar eclipse. NASA Shannon Schmoll, Michigan State University Editor’s note: A total solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. on Monday, August 21. Shannon Schmoll, director […]

Two Weeks in the Life of a Sunspot

A blended view of the sunspot in visible and extreme ultraviolet light reveals bright coils arcing over the active region — particles spiraling along magnetic field lines. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO

Two Weeks in the Life of a Sunspot

Two Weeks in the Life of a Sunspot On July 5, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watched an active region — an area of intense and complex magnetic fields — rotate into view on the Sun. The satellite continued to track the region as it […]

Curious Kids: What’s going to happen to the Sun in the future? Will it explode?

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Curious Kids: What’s going to happen to the Sun in the future? Will it explode?

Curious Kids: What’s going to happen to the Sun in the future? Will it explode? The Sun is currently middle-aged, having celebrated its 4,568,000,000th birthday at some point in the last million years. Flickr/ChopWood CarryWater, CC BY-SA Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland This is […]

Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

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Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown! NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, which landed near Mount Sharp five years ago this week, is examining clues on that mountain about long-ago lakes on Mars. On Aug. 5, 2012, the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion […]