Telescope sees 'baby planet' forming around distant star

Telescope sees 'baby planet' forming around distant star

Astronomers using European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have captured the birth of a planet around a star 520 light-years away. The image might not look like much at first glance. But among the swirling clouds of dust and gas is a little twist. That twist, astronomers hypothesize, is evidence of a planet forming as it rotates […]

Most distant world ever explored gets new name: Arrokoth

Most distant world ever explored gets new name: Arrokoth

The most distant world ever explored 6.4 billion kilometres away finally has an official name: Arrokoth. That means “sky” in the language of the Native American Powhatan people, NASA said Tuesday. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past the snowman-shaped Arrokoth on New Year’s Day, 3 ½ years after exploring Pluto. At the time, this small icy world […]

'Meet Ultima Thule,' the most distant object visited by a spacecraft

'Meet Ultima Thule,' the most distant object visited by a spacecraft

Just over a day after NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zipped by Ultima Thule, scientists have revealed their preliminary findings of the distant object. Ultima Thule, or more formally 2014 MU69, is a member of the Kuiper Belt, a ring-shaped region of icy objects orbiting the sun. The area begins just beyond the orbit of Neptune, […]