Tag: Solar System
Icy ‘Super-Earth’ could be our ninth planet
There is a huge, dark, frozen world lurking on the edge of the solar system, say astronomers. We don’t know what it looks like — or even if it really exists. Could this be Planet X?
Earth gets first glimpse of Pluto up close
After a nine-year, three billion-mile journey through space, New Horizons is sending high definition images of Pluto back to Nasa. It has reignited a hot debate: is Pluto really a planet?
Comet-chasing probe ‘wakes’ for final mission
The Rosetta space probe came back online yesterday after a long hibernation. It will now try to deploy a lander onto a comet hurtling at extreme, unimaginable speeds towards the Sun.
Solar storm threat as Sun does magnetic backflip
The Sun’s magnetic field is about to reverse – a cosmic event that happens every 11 years and sends waves of energy through the solar system. What will the effects be here on Earth?