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.

Check out this video of what astronauts in space see as the shadow of the moon crosses our planet.

The total solar eclipse will be visible across North America on Aug. 21. Here's some information on how to view it safely, and what scientists may learn from it.

Everyone's favorite ice giant is weird in more ways than one.

Brown University researchers have found evidence that in its distant past, Mars experienced 500-mph cyclones that rolled sideways across the planet's surface.

New Jupiter information gathered by NASA's Juno space probe is in, and it reveals that the solar system's biggest world has surprising features that may alter our concept of how gas giants work.

A beautiful ribbon of light in the nighttime sky is generating a lot of talk — and some mystery, too.

The strange forces at work on Saturn's largest moon would make for some sweet sand castles.

And solving that issue could go a long way toward making our planetary neighbor habitable.

Energized subatomic particles bombarding Earth from outer space can cause the electronics inside laptops, cell phones and other devices to crash.

Say hello to the newly discovered TRAPPIST-1 system, which is just 39 light-years away and filled with seven Earth-like planets.

Satellites have found evidence of massive underground channels formed by molten rock on the moon. They could be stable enough to house lunar pioneers, a study suggests.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's supermoon! Aside from being bigger and brighter than a regular moon, does a supermoon affect anything on Earth?

Saturn's largest moon Titan is the only other celestial body we know of that has liquid lakes on its surface. NASA has just captured some amazing footage of clouds.

The rings of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune may be remnants of smaller planets destroyed long ago by the gas giants' powerful gravity.

How could Phobos withstand the impact that created such a large crater without simply shattering into pieces? A new mathematical investigation answers that question.

The European Space Agency's Gaia satellite observatory has created a 3-D model of the Milky Way — and beyond! — that charts more than a billion stars.

NASA scientists say solar eruptions could have played a role in creating not only friendly environments, but also the building blocks of life itself.

The sun's atmosphere is actually hotter than its surface, even though you'd assume the surface is what generates all that heat. How does that work?

NASA's solar-observation satellite IRIS spotted an instance of this powerful natural electromagnetic phenomenon, and caught it on video.

Radiation from distant galaxies and even black holes travels light years through the universe to have a tiny but measurable impact on humanity.

And if we're going to get technical about it, neither do those of us here on Earth.

A NASA spacecraft captured footage of a comet hurtling toward the sun. And then it got crazy

Heading to the moon? You might want to ask the FAA first.

After a five-year trip, the space probe reaches its destination on a mission to learn about the gas giant's origin and evolution.

The space telescope's ultraviolet observations come days before the Juno space probe will arrive to orbit the gas giant's polar regions.