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May 29, 2016
Close encounters of a tidal kind could lead to cracks on icy moons
Rochester, UK (SPX) May 27, 2016
A new model developed by University of Rochester researchers could offer a new explanation as to how cracks on icy moons, such as Pluto's Charon, formed. Until now, it was thought that the cracks were the result of geodynamical processes, such as plate tectonics, but the models run by Alice Quillen and her collaborators suggest that a close encounter with another body might have been the cause. Astronomers have long known that the craters visible on moons were caused by the impact of other bodies, ... read more

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Imaging the Encounter of a Lifetime
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Hints of wandering planets in distant cometary belt
For the first time, astronomers have captured high-resolution imagery of the cometary belt surrounding HR 8799, the only star system with multiple planets that have been directly photographed. ... more
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Dwarf Planet Haumea's Lunar System Smaller than Anticipated
Haumea, a dwarf planet on the edge of our solar system, doesn't have the same kind of moons as its well-known cousin Pluto according to a new study. This is despite original evidence that suggested ... more
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Andre Brahic, discoverer of Neptune's rings, dies aged 73
French astrophysicist Andre Brahic, one of the discoverers of Neptune's rings, died in Paris Sunday at the age of 73, his publisher Odile Jacob said. ... more
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Largest unnamed world in the solar system 2007 OR10
Dwarf planets tend to be a mysterious bunch. With the exception of Ceres, which resides in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, all members of this class of minor planets in our solar sy ... more
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Icy Hydra's highly reflective surface
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent home the first compositional data about Pluto's four small satellites. The new data show the surface of Hydra, Pluto's outermost small moon, is dominated by n ... more
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Pluto's icy moon Hydra
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent home the first compositional data about Pluto's four small satellites. The new data show the surface of Hydra, Pluto's outermost small moon, is dominated by n ... more
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Planet Nine: A world that shouldn't exist
Earlier this year scientists presented evidence for Planet Nine, a Neptune-mass planet in an elliptical orbit 10 times farther from our Sun than Pluto. Since then theorists have puzzled over how thi ... more
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Pluto: A Global Perspective
NASA's New Horizons mission science team has produced this updated panchromatic (black-and-white) global map of Pluto. The map includes all resolved images of Pluto's surface acquired between ... more
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New Elevation Map of Pluto's Sunken 'Heart'
This newest shaded relief view of the region surrounding the left side of Pluto's heart-shaped feature - informally named Sputnik Planum - shows that the vast expanse of the icy surface is on averag ... more
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Pluto's Interaction with the Solar Wind is Unique, Study Finds
Pluto has some characteristics less like that of a comet and more like much larger planets, according to the first analysis of Pluto's unique interaction with the solar wind, scientists say. U ... more
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Hubble discovers moon orbiting the dwarf planet Makemake
Peering to the outskirts of our solar system, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a small, dark moon orbiting Makemake, the second brightest icy dwarf planet - after Pluto - in the Kuiper Belt ... more
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Pluto's 'Halo' Craters
Within Pluto's informally named Vega Terra region is a field of eye-catching craters that looks like a cluster of bright halos scattered across a dark landscape. The region is far west of the ... more
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Pluto's haze varies in brightness
Scientists on NASA's New Horizons mission team are learning more about the structure and behavior of Pluto's complex atmosphere by discovering new attributes of its extensive haze layers. The ... more
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Icy 'Spider' on Pluto
Sprawling across Pluto's icy landscape is an unusual geological feature that resembles a giant spider. "Oh, what a tangled web Pluto's geology weaves," said Oliver White, a member of the New Horizon ... more
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Planet X takes shape
Astrophysicists at the University of Bern have modelled the evolution of the putative planet in the outer solar system. They estimate that the object has a present-day radius equal to 3.7 Earth radi ... more
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Multitasking New Horizons observed solar wind changes on journey to Pluto
In addition to its history-making encounter with Pluto last July, the New Horizons spacecraft also recorded significant changes in how the solar wind behaves far from the Sun. The Solar Wind A ... more
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New Horizons fills gap in space environment observations
When NASA's New Horizons sped past Pluto on July 14, 2015, it took the best-ever pictures of the rocky world s surface, giving us new insight into its geology, composition and atmosphere. These stun ... more
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Pluto's bladed terrain in 3-D
One of the strangest landforms spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft when it flew past Pluto last July was the "bladed" terrain just east of Tombaugh Regio, the informal name given to Pluto's la ... more
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A frozen pond on Pluto
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft spied several features on Pluto that offer evidence of a time millions or billions of years ago when - thanks to much higher pressure in Pluto's atmosphere and warmer ... more
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More surprises in store for the New Horizons spacecraft?
Students at CU-Boulder, who built a dust counter for the New Horizons mission to Pluto, have been eyeing the data for decade now. And the results are showing the solar system really is pretty barren ... more
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Dust counter got few 'hits' on Pluto flyby
A student-built University of Colorado Boulder instrument riding on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft found only a handful of dust grains, the building blocks of planets, when it whipped by Pluto at 31 ... more
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Five papers provide new data from flyby of Pluto
Pluto's surface exhibits a wide variety of landscapes, results from five new studies in this special issue on the New Horizons mission report. The dwarf planet has more differences than similarities ... more
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Pluto's 'Snakeskin' Terrain: Cradle of the Solar System?
Today's blog post is from Orkan Umurhan, a mathematical physicist currently working as a senior post-doc at NASA Ames Research Center. He has been on the New Horizons Science Team for over two years ... more
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