The Solar System

In the Solar System Channel, you can explore the planets and celestial objects around our own sun. Learn about topics such as Mars, Jupiter and the Moon.

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Worm, Strawberry, Blue: Every Full Moon Has a Name

Everyone's heard of the blue moon and the harvest moon, but did you know every full moon of the year has a name? What are the names and when do the moons occur?

Want to Find Past Life on Mars? Dive Deep Into Earth First

The mysterious microbes living more than half a mile beneath the deepest ocean floors could have something to teach us about Martian life.

The Truth Behind the Rogue Planet Nibiru

The idea of planet Nibiru has captivated doomsday prophets and conspiracy theorists for decades, but nobody has proven its existence. What's the deal?

NASA's InSight Mission Detects Its First Marsquake

The wait is over. NASA confirms Mars is seismically active.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower Is Back — Here's What You Need to Know

Every April, the Lyrid meteor shower fills the sky with 'shooting stars.' Here's how to see them.

The Superb Moon Quiz

In the darkness of space, we’re comforted by our moon, the circular inspirer of song lyrics, poetry, and wannabe astronauts. But what do you really know about the moon and its history? Take this quiz to find out.

Hunting for Martians in the Most Extreme Desert on Earth

Rovers are getting some practice hunting for microbes here on Earth before they head to Mars in 2020.

Saturn's Rings Will Exist for Just a Blip in Time

No worries though. Jupiter, Neptune or Uranus could create their own beautiful, bright ring display in the distant future.

Does the Sun Rotate?

Like Earth, the sun does rotate, but in a different way.

After the Sun Dies, It'll Become a Stellar Crystal

Those stars twinkling in the nighttime sky may actually be crystal spheres. And our beloved star is headed in that direction, too. Eventually.

Chinese Spacecraft Lands on the Far Side of the Moon

The China National Space Administration makes history — and shows the world the dark side of the moon.

This Is a First: An Image of the Sun's North Pole

The image, which was created by the European Space Agency, shows the blazing hot orb's northern-most region for the very first time. Pretty cool stuff.

NASA's InSight Will Probe Mars' Quakes, Temperature and Wobble to Understand Its Origins

After cruising 300 million miles and spending seven months in space, the InSight spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars' surface. How awesome is that?

Heads Up: Massive Dark Matter Hurricane Passing Earth

Dark matter is the most mysterious (and possibly important) material in the universe, and scientists are excited that a storm of the stuff is upon us.

Is China Launching Fake Moon a Bright Idea?

The idea behind the "fake" moon is to provide extra illumination to Chengdu, a city in China's Sichuan province. What could possibly go wrong?

What Are Moonmoons?

Can a moon have a moon of its own?

Pluto: Is It a Planet After All?

Back in 2006, the International Astronomical Union decided to demote Pluto to the status of a dwarf planet. A new historical study challenges that designation.

'The Goblin' May Reveal the Phantom of Planet X Lurking in Deep Space

It's a small world with an astonishingly long orbit around our sun. And it could lead us to the fabled Planet X.

The Orionid Meteor Shower Is Back — Here's What You Need to Know

Every autumn, Earth passes through a stream of debris left by Halley's comet, resulting in nighttime meteor showers in mid-October. Best time this year is Oct. 21-22.

Where's That Funky-shaped Comet 'Oumuamua From?

It dashed through our solar system like a cigar-shaped signal from another star system. But which one? Astronomers are on the case.

The Great Red Spot May Expose Jupiter's Watery Secret

Jupiter has been notoriously bad about revealing any water deep in its thick atmosphere. That's changing though.

Heads Up Stargazers! Two Comets Passing Close to Earth in September

Comet 21P and comet 46P will swing past our planet during the month of September — and you won't need a telescope to see either.

The Perseid Meteor Shower Is Back — Here's What You Need to Know

It's a celestial gift in the middle of August. Just look up. At night.

Mars Has an Actual Lake

But don't buy your lakefront property just yet.


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