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Pink Dwarf Planet “Biden” Found Beyond Pluto, Hints At More Planets Pink Dwarf Planet “Biden” Found Beyond Pluto, Hints At More Planets

Scientists discovered a pink dwarf planet at the edge of the solar system, long thought to be a celestial no-man’s land. The object, officially called 2012 VP-113, is nicknamed “Biden” in jest after incumbent US Vice President Joe Biden. The …

Mercury Is Shrinking; NASA Makes Startling Revelation Mercury Is Shrinking; NASA Makes Startling Revelation

Mercury, considered the smallest planet in the entire solar system, is said to be shrinking to an even smaller size. The findings were published in the Nature Geoscience and research shows that Mercury now has a diameter of more or …

Solar System “Tail” Mapped by NASA’s IBEX Solar System “Tail” Mapped by NASA’s IBEX
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NASA today announced that its Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has mapped the structure of our solar system’s “tail.” The tail, called the heliotail, is shaped like a four-leaf clover, much like the tails seen around other nearby stars. “By examining …

Asteroid Belts Could Determine Earth-Like Potential, Study Suggests Asteroid Belts Could Determine Earth-Like Potential, Study Suggests

A new study shows that planets like Earth could be rare if they depend on asteroid belts of a specific mass range. Researchers suggested that the size and location of a solar system’s asteroid belt could determine whether complex life …

The Solar System As Infographic (It’s Huge) The Solar System As Infographic (It’s Huge)

How big is our solar system? The short answer is it’s really, really big. The more technical answer is that it’s at least 50,000 Astronomical Units, or 7.4799 × 10^12 kilometers, or not quite a light-year to the Oort cloud …