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Pluto debris poses risk to New Horizons

Dangerous debris orbiting around Pluto could prove a hazard to NASA’s approaching New Horizons probe. Soon to be the first spacecraft to ever visit Pl…

Fifth moon of Pluto discovered

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a new moon orbiting Pluto. Known as ‘P5′, the small moon is only between 6 and 15 miles a…

Sinister Versions Of Classic Disney Characters

There’s a Serbian illustrator known as Testosteronman who was tired of the cute, cuddly nature of the iconic Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie and Pluto, so he sat down at the drawing board and gave these characters a sinister makeover. You wouldn’t want to meet these twisted toons in a dark alley, and if a sequel [...]

Why Pluto Isn’t a Planet (Sorry)

Pluto’s demotion from “planet” status to “lame Kuiper Belt resident” ahem “dwarf planet”/”planetoid” continues to be the subject of deep nerd rage. Many of us who grew up with Pluto-as-planet feel that modern astronomers are messing with our childhood memories. Others just make shirts and move on. Today I bring you C.G.P. Grey’s beautifully [...]

Lectures for a New Year: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Pluto

Neil deGrasse Tyson is ridiculously distinguished: the man holds at least fourteen honorary doctorates, not to mention his real doctorate in astrophysics. He was also declared “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” by Time Magazine in 2000. But he’s most (in)famous for leading the charge to demote Pluto from its planet status to a “dwarf [...]

Closest Spacecraft to Approach Pluto

On July 14, 2015, the spacecraft New Horizons will come within 7,767 miles of (former planet) Pluto. The probe has been traveling for six years already, covering a million kilometers every day, and broke a record on Friday by becoming the closet spacecraft to Pluto ever. The previous record was 1.58 billion kilometers, when Voyager [...]

Hew Horizons still on course for Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons probe is still hurtling towards Pluto at a speed of 1 million miles a day. Launched in 2006 the spacecraft is the first to be sent…

Revolve in Peace

Five years ago today, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of its planet status, a damaging blow to Plutophiles across the galaxy. I’m wearing this shirt to mark the occasion. Science Teachers (or anyone, really): Do you accept this ruling? Now do you teach kids about the eight planets? Or do you think Pluto will [...]

Solar System Cake Pops

Jeromina Juan of Paper, Plate, and Plane made cake pops that look like the planets of our solar system (minus Pluto, which shows which side she’s on). The ring for Saturn was made with a candied disk shaped on parchment. Link via Craft

The Quick 10: 10 Obscure Disney Characters

No doubt you’re familiar with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and their posse of pen-and-ink pals. They all have incredibly complicated (and sometimes contradicting) backstories involving rarely-seen relations who pop up when it’s convenient to a comic strip plot. Here are 10 little-known Disney characters you’re probably never going to find signing autographs at [...]