We've Found A Hidden Ocean On Enceladus That May Harbor Life

It's turning out that the outer reaches of the solar system may be more hospitable to life than we ever imagined. Gravity measurements made by Cassini have confirmed that Enceladus, a tiny moon orbiting Saturn, hosts a subsurface ocean in its southern latitudes. Astronomers are now saying it's potentially habitable. » 4/03/14 11:00am 4/03/14 11:00am

Astronomers May Have Just Discovered the First Exomoon

It may not look anything like Avatar's Pandora or Jedi's Endor, but if verified, it could be the first moon ever discovered outside our solar system. Located 1,800 light years away, it's a large moon orbiting a planet four times the size of Jupiter. But strangely, the duo isn't even remotely close to a star. » 12/19/13 1:20pm 12/19/13 1:20pm

Experience one (spectacular) day in orbit around Jupiter

Io keeps the same face toward Jupiter as it orbits the planet. For this reason, Jupiter appears to hang motionless in Io's sky. Just as the Earth's Moon does, Jupiter goes through phases as Io orbits it. Here's a gallery showing the view from a location in the northern hemisphere during the course of a single day.… » 5/14/12 3:29pm 5/14/12 3:29pm

The weirdest moons in the solar system, and what it would look like to…

It would sometimes seem as though there are two solar systems: One including planets, and another including moons. Until recently, most books about the solar system focused on the planets, stopping only to acknowledge the existence of their satellites with a kind of half-embarrassed nod. They would be discussed as a… » 11/10/11 8:00am 11/10/11 8:00am