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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How galaxies get their shapes and evolve is widely debated.

By Mark Mancini

Things are getting a little more interesting out in Pluto's neighborhood.

By Jesslyn Shields

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Drop your keys and grab your skis. There's fresh Martian powder out there, as new NASA photos reveal in stunning detail.

By Chris Opfer

On Friday, Sept. 1, a large asteroid named Florence will zip by at a distance of about 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers) — a tiny distance relative to the entirety of the universe.

By Patrick J. Kiger

You probably have several pairs of eclipse glasses left over from the big total solar eclipse. Don't trash them — recycle, reuse or donate them instead.

By Sarah Gleim

The first total solar eclipse to cross the United States in almost 100 years leaves the country mesmerized.

By Sarah Gleim

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After all, it's not just the light that changes when the moon passes in front of the sun.

By Tracy Staedter

All of a sudden that longed-for moon base doesn't seem quite so far-fetched.

By Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Jonathan Strickland

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Jonathan Strickland

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Christopher Hassiotis

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Christopher Hassiotis