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A snapshot of the American Natural History Museum's "Worlds Beyond Earth" immersive theater experience.

New, detailed pictures of planets, moons, and comets are neither photos nor animations — they’re made using data from 50 years of NASA mis...

On January 21, the American Museum of Natural History debuts a new planetarium show that displays the solar system with stunning accuracy.

An incredible animation by a planetary scientist shows how fast each planet spins by putting them in one giant globe

Jupiter's Great Red Spot zips around 2.4 times faster than Earth, while Venus spins so slowly you can't tell it's moving backwards.

An ultra-rare solar eclipse is happening in Singapore on Boxing Day – here’s where to see the 1-min ‘ring of fire’

The phenomenon will happen just over 1 minute only - and the next time to catch it is 2063.
The sun absolutely dwarfs every planet.

A stunning animation by a planetary scientist shows how huge our solar system is — and why that makes it so hard to depict

The planets are so far apart, and the sun is so big, that you wouldn't be able to see anything in an accurate model of the solar system.
A view of Earth taken at 1:07 p.m. EDT on January 15, 2017 by the GOES-16 satellite.

A handful of recent discoveries has transformed our understanding of Earth-like planets in the galaxy. Here’s why Earths might be common.

There could be up to 10 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone. That's good news for astronomers seeking alien life.
Just like the near side of the moon, the far side cycles through day and night phases.

There is no permanent dark side of the moon, and this simple animation by a former NASA scientist explains why

The far side of the moon and the dark side are not the same thing. This animation shows how one is constantly moving, while the other never changes.
Left: Scientists test BRUIE in an arctic lake near Barrow, Alaska in 2015. Right: Saturn's icy moon Enceladus hides a vast ocean below its surface.

NASA is testing an alien-hunting, upside-down underwater rover in Antarctica. It’s one of several plans to explore 2 ocean worlds for signs of l...

NASA is testing the rover in Antarctica, an environment similar to the salty oceans hidden beneath the thick ice crusts of Europa and Enceladus.
Patrick Stewart plays Jean-Luc Picard in the sci-fi space series "Star Trek."

Warp speeds in ‘Star Trek’ are achingly slow, and a simple animation by a former NASA scientist proves it

The animation shows how long it takes the starship Enterprise in "Star Trek" to reach Pluto at warp factors that break the known laws of physics.
An artist's rendering of NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft.

NASA just detected water vapor on a moon of Jupiter — yet another clue that Europa’s hidden ocean could hold alien life

Alien life could be hidden in the salty ocean below Europa's surface. An upcoming NASA spacecraft will hunt for more clues.