Tagged: solar system

The long hunt for new objects in our expanding solar system - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 04, 2016

Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, University of Melbourne and Alice Gorman, Flinders University Recognise these planet names: Vulcan, Neptune, Pluto, Nemesis, Tyche and Planet X? They all have one thing in common: their existence was predicted to account for unexplained phenomena in our solar system. While the predictions of Neptune and Pluto proved correct, Nemesis and Tyche probably don’t … Read More

Past claims about new planets were wrong – why ‘Planet Nine’ may be different - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 26, 2016

Andrew Coates, UCL There’s a real buzz among planetary scientists after a new study suggested that an unseen planet, dubbed ‘Planet Nine’, of about ten times the Earth’s mass could be lurking in the Kuiper belt, a band of icy objects beyond Neptune. The latest theory was put forward after scientists noticed that six objects in … Read More

Somewhere out there could be a giant new planet in our solar system: so where is it? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 22, 2016

Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria and Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland There’s plenty of excitement at the announcement overnight that a new planet is potentially waiting to be found at the extremes of our solar system. The possible ninth planet is thought to be quite substantial with a mass around ten times that of Earth … Read More

The best visualisation of the solar system yet - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Mar 07, 2014

Regular readers may be aware of my penchant for whimsy. My happy grinnings when people mix pedantry with a sense of humour*. And today’s offering is just such a one. The description is perfectly apt: it IS a tediously accurate scale model of the solar system. But there are some wonderful surprises, and I found myself scrolling for an awfully … Read More

Friday morning video – Asteroid Discovery From 1980 – 2010 - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Sep 10, 2010

An incredible video created by Scott Manley shows the locations of known asteroids starting in 1980. As asteroids are discovered they are added to the map and highlighted white so you can pick out the new ones. Armagh Observatory host a current map of the solar system where you can see a two dimensional projection of known near-Earth objects. Read More