Nearly 140 new minor planets found at edge of solar system: Study
Astronomers have discovered 139 new trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) -- minor planets located in the far reaches of the solar system. Using the data from Dark Energy Survey, Pedro Bernardinelli started with a dataset of seven billion "dots," all of the possible objects detected by the software that were above the image's background levels.
Pluto was erroneously rejected as a planet: Scientists
New York, Sep 8 (IANS) The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid and is erroneous, scientists argued challenging previously held theories.
New Horizons' next flyby target may have a moon
Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) The next flyby target of NASA's New Horizons mission which is an icy world billion kilometres past Pluto might have a small moon as orbital company, new data suggests.
Pluto may have liquid water oceans beneath icy surface: NASA
Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) In a boost to the search for alien life, a new NASA study suggests that some icy worlds in our outer solar system, including Pluto, may harbour liquid water oceans beneath the surface.
Why Pluto turned out to be colder than expected
Washington, Nov 16 (IANS) A cooling mechanism controlled by haze particles could be responsible for keeping Pluto's atmosphere more frigid than scientists expected, a study says.
Pluto mountain range named after Tenzing Norgay
Amsterdam, Sep 8 (IANS) Assigning the first set of official names of surface features on Pluto, the International Astronomical Union has approved a mountain range on the icy dwarf planet to be named after Tenzing Norgay.
NASA releases new maps of Pluto, Charon
Washington, July 15 (IANS) To mark the two-year anniversary of New Horizons' historic Pluto flyby, NASA has released new maps of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, revealing their complex terrain.
Ceres may have 'hidden' ice volcanoes
Washington, Feb 3 (IANS) The dwarf planet Ceres may actually host many "hidden" ice volcanoes, besides the only one discovered recently, a study says.
NASA spacecraft to explore ancient object beyond Pluto
The object is in the Kuiper Belt, a distant region that surrounds the solar system and is filled with trillions of icy rocks that have yet to be explored.
Moon saving Pluto's atmosphere from decay
Pluto's relationship with its moon Charon is one of the more unusual interactions in the solar system due to Charon's size and proximity.
Earth-like snow and ice features found on Pluto
Washington, Jan 5 (IANS) Using a model similar to what meteorologists use to forecast weather and a computer simulation of the physics of evaporating ices, scientists have found evidence of snow and ice features, known as "penitentes", on Pluto. Until now, these had only been seen on the Earth.
NASA probe finds hint of cloud on Pluto
New York, Oct 19 (IANS) Scientists from NASAs New Horizons mission claim to have identified some cloud candidates on Pluto after examining images taken during the spacecrafts July 2015 flight through the dwarf planet system.
What shaped Pluto's huge icy heart?
London, Sep 20 (IANS) Researchers believe they now know the origin of the large heart-shaped nitrogen glacier revealed in 2015 on Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft.
Charon's red spot caused by Pluto's atmosphere
Washington, Sep 15 (IANS) Examining images obtained by NASA's New Horizons probe, scientists have found that the reddish spot at the North Pole of Charon is chemically processed methane that escaped from Plutos atmosphere onto its largest moon.