Neptune’s Smallest Moon Finally Has a Name: Hippocamp

Introducing Hippocamp – the smallest of Neptune’s seven inner moons. The recently discovered moon likely formed from a collision with another moon billions of years ago. Read More >>

Whoa, Uranus Looks Messed Up Right Now

The appearance of a massive white cap on Uranus may seem alarming, but as planetary scientists are learning, this is what a prolonged summer looks like on the remote ice giant. Read More >>

New Super-Crisp Images of Neptune Show How Far Our Telescopes Have Come

This is a new picture of Neptune taken from the Earth. It’s nothing short of amazing. Read More >>

How the Hell Did This Asteroid Get All the Way Out Past Neptune?

A rock that formed in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter seems to have somehow travelled to the orbit of Neptune, according to a new observation. Read More >>

Neptune’s Stinky Dark Vortex is Fading Away Like a Bad Fart

In 2015, the Hubble Space Telescope detected a strange feature in the skies over Neptune—a swirling dark vortex the size of China. Packing copious amounts of hydrogen sulphide—the chemical ingredient that gives farts their awful smell—this storm is not behaving as astronomers predicted, with the latest results suggesting the dark vortex is dying. Read More >>

Scientists Observe Incredible New Kind of Ice Thought to Exist in Uranus’ Centre

Here is an ice cube you do not want to put in your Diet Coke: A solid lattice of oxygen atoms with protons whizzing around inside of it. This ice is not normal on Earth, but might be elsewhere. And scientists have created it in a lab. Read More >>

An ‘Extremely Surprising’ Storm System Just Appeared Over Neptune

Do not be alarmed, but a bright storm system three quarters the width of our entire planet has emerged over Neptune’s equator, in a region where no bright clouds have ever been witnessed before. Read More >>

Uranus Might Finally Get a Visitor After All These Years

Uranus is the loneliest thing in the solar system. It hasn’t had contact with anyone in over 30 years, since NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft whizzed by it on January 24th, 1986. Thankfully, some good folks at NASA and elsewhere are advocating for missions to Uranus and its Ice Giant companion, Neptune, which could take place at some point in the next few decades. Read More >>

Science Gets to the Bottom Of Neptune’s Weird ‘Wobbles’

Neptune, the farthest named planet in our solar system (sorry Pluto), is unusual in a lot of ways. One rotation around the sun lasts about 165 Earth years, and each season is around 40 Earth years. Another noteworthy thing about the planet is its atmosphere, which has a fluctuating brightness. Read More >>

A Mysterious Dark Vortex Just Appeared Over Neptune

No need to worry, everything is fine! It’s just that a mysterious dark vortex has opened up in the skies over Neptune. Read More >>

Look at the Weird and Wonderful Worlds That Exist Beyond Neptune

From tiny balls of rock to giant egg-shaped objects, there's a rich and varied array of alien worlds that sit outside the orbit of Neptune. You're looking at the ones that the European Space Agency's satellite Herschel has spotted. Read More >>

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This Super-Tough Vent Camera Keeps Tabs on Undersea Aliens

One of the hottest areas of oceanic research centres around deep sea hydrothermal vents and the unique animal species that call it home. But at depths of more than a mile, donning a snorkelling mask and flippers just won't cut it. That's why Ocean Networks Canada has deployed a state-of-the-art camera to document life in the Grotto Hydrothermal Vent in real time. Read More >>

Astronomers Just Found a New Moon Orbiting Neptune

Astronomers have spotted a new moon orbiting Neptune. The first to be discovered in over a decade, its tiny size has scientists scratching their heads about how its survived until now. Read More >>

Listen To Music Through Your Cheekbones While You Swim Lengths

It's hard to listen to music while you're swimming because even waterproof earbuds that actually stay on try to conduct sound through air to reach your eardrums, and there's not a lot of air underwater. The FINIS Neptune works on this issue by sending sound waves straight into your face. Read More >>