It may surprise you, but astronomers don't really have a good definition of a "planet". Because ...Read more
Mercury, the planet nearest the Sun, is also the smallest planet in the Solar System. Only ...Read more
Fair but inhospitable Venus, a "Sister" planet to the Earth that is very different from our ...Read more
Earth, our home planet, is a beautiful blue and white ball when seen from space. ...Read more
Mars, Earth's outer neighbor, is the fourth planet from the Sun. Mars' bright appearance and ...Read more
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. When approached from afar, its fantastic ...Read more
Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun, has the most spectacular set of rings in the solar system. ...Read more
Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, has its spin axis almost in the plane of its orbit ...Read more
Neptune, the eighth and furthest planet from the Sun, is a very cold place. Its bluish color ...Read more
In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) approved a new classification scheme for ...Read more
Did you know?
Did you know that Saturn
has a strange hexagon shaped cloud structure
at its north pole?
Did you know that Uranus is tilted so that its rotational axis is almost in the plane of the ecliptic?
Earth and Space Science Concept of the Day
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xOoids : Small (< 2 mm), spheroidal, layered sedimentary grains, usually composed of calcium carbonate, but sometimes made up of iron- or phosphate-based minerals.
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The Gulf of Mexico: what role will the Mississippi River play in oil washing ashore and into delta wetlands? One of the spill's greatest environmental threats is to Louisiana's wetlands, scientists believe....Read more