Planetary fragments orbiting dead star hints at what Earth’s final days might look like

The surviving fragments of planet orbiting a white dwarf have been found by a team of astronomers.

Mercury is the planet closest to Earth — contrary to popular belief

There’s also a whirly-dirly corollary associated with this new method.

It Is Possible Jupiter Could Support Life, Scientists Say

The chances of it happening are pretty slim though.

Pluto is a planet after all, say planetary scientists

Good news for Pluto fans!

The Earth is flat out spherical — here’s why, and why we’re sure

The only thing flat earthers fear is sphear itself!

Scientists spot traces of titanium in scorching hot planet’s atmosphere

The planet is almost as hot as the Sun.a

Astronomers capture first images of an exoplanet forming

All babies are adorable, right?

These NASA researchers think Pluto is planet, but our definitions are ‘bullshit’ — so they want to change them

I’ve never given up on you, Pluto.

Scientists find diamonds forged deep within a lost, ancient planet of the early solar system

Pieces of an ancient planet formed long before Earth shed their secrets.

Meet TESS — he’ll be finding exoplanets for the next few years

NASA’s future planet hunter has arrived — and it’s set for glory.

In the Pisces constellation, one star is busy devouring its own planetary offspring

Giving “family dinner” a whole new meaning.

Physicists propose new, donut-shaped planetary body: the synestia

Homer Simpson would have been impressed. D’oh!

Scientists find water clouds and exotic, primitive atmosphere on a “warm Neptune”

We didn’t even know this kind of planet can exist.

Researchers discover atmosphere around an Earth-like planet

Can we get excited yet? Mmm no, not really.

Proposed ‘geophysical definition’ re-instates Pluto as a planet — and adds 100 new ones in the Solar System

I never lost faith in you, Pluto.

Rubies and sapphires rain down on huge planet

Still a hellish planet, but a beautiful hellish planet at that.

This might be the most accurate map of the world

It looks strange, but it’s really accurate.

Scientists find new dwarf planet in our solar system

Astronomers have found a cosmic friend for Pluto.

‘Pristine’ landscapes haven’t existed for thousands of years, says new study

If you want to escape civilisation and head into the unaltered wilderness you may be in for a shock: it doesn’t exist.

If there’s anything that marks humanity’s brief time on Earth, it’s plastic

Before WWII, there weren’t that many plastics around. Today, we use so much that we could literally plaster the planet in one giant clingfilm. A paper published in the journal Anthropocene reviews the state of plastic production, use and pollution and concludes that no place on Earth has been spared.