Astronomical Knolling Is The Prettiest Way To Organize Objects In Space

What happens when a planetary scientist has a love for order? He creates code that sorts everything from our solar system’s moons to exoplanets into graceful spirals where every object is slightly smaller than the one before. Astronomical knolling is my new favourite way to contemplate the vast scale of space. » 4/18/15 5:30pm 4/18/15 5:30pm

Jupiter May Have Destroyed The Solar System's First Planets

It is becoming increasingly obvious that our Solar System — with its inner collection of small rocky planets and an outer region buffeted by gas planets — is quite uncommon. According to a remarkable new study, the reason may have to do with Jupiter and an ancient migratory journey that kickstarted the destruction of… » 3/24/15 8:00am 3/24/15 8:00am

How It Would Look If Other Types Of Stars Were Close As The Sun

What would it look like if other stars were as close as the sun? For starters, we may have more than one, and it may be either much bigger or smaller than our current orbital star, as shown in these videos, which explore a hypothetical universe where our sun has been replaced with other stars and our moon with planets. » 1/29/15 9:20am 1/29/15 9:20am

You're Hurtling Through Space at Over a Million Miles an Hour

Remember that animation making the rounds on the internet some months back, the one that depicted "the true orbit of the planets" as a mesmerizing vortex? The animation, while beautiful, was decidedly unscientific. Featured above is a more accurate animation, served up with a hearty helping of exposition from Mika… » 4/06/14 7:35pm 4/06/14 7:35pm

12 Diagrams That Changed How We Understood Our Solar System

These days, we are treated to glorious images of the cosmos through astrophotography and sophisticated three-dimensional visualizations of the universe. In the early centuries of astronomy, however, our visions of the cosmos often took the shape of diagrams—representing what we believed about our solar system. » 3/18/14 10:00am 3/18/14 10:00am

This infographic shows you the insane scale of our solar system

You may have seen graphics comparing the objects in our solar system by size, but this visualization offers a slightly different spin on the theme, by comparing objects by their total mass. Plus, it also features 460 tiny versions of former planet Pluto bouncing off of Earth like a game of interstellar marbles. » 2/27/14 6:00pm 2/27/14 6:00pm