The upper atmosphere of Venus is the most Earth-like extra-terrestrial location in the solar system. It could even host life.
The five planets visible to the naked eye since ancient times are putting on a dazzling display this month, in a night-sky dance along with the Moon.
Pluto has a density between that of rock and ice – so that immediately suggests the dwarf planet is made of a mix of both. But how do we know?
We are in the Milky Way. If you travelled on an extremely fast spaceship for more than two million years, you would reach our neighbour, the Andromeda galaxy. All other galaxies are even further away.
The planets we can see in the sky were known to the ancient Greeks as 'wandering stars'. But they appeared much earlier in the stories and traditions of Australia's Indigenous people.
Jupiter's bands are one of its most striking features – and can be seen from Earth – but they only go so deep within the giant planet. Now scientists think they know why.
All five five planets visible to the naked-eye are on show in the night skies over Australia, and a Blood Moon on the way too.
To answer this tricky question, we have to look back in time to when the Earth was born, 4.5 billion years ago.
Images from New Horizons spacecraft provide more evidence about the surface of Pluto.
When NASA first started planning the Kepler mission, no one knew if the universe held any planets outside our solar system. Thousands of exoplanets later, the search enters a new phase.
A new trajectory means the mission to uncover core facts about the asteroid belt will happen sooner than planned.
Simulations in a special chamber suggest how the Mars landscape could have been shaped under certain conditions.
Planetary protection protocols try to make sure we don't seed places like Mars with life from our planet. An astrobiologist argues they're misguided – especially with human astronauts on the horizon.
Imagine the Earth pulling everything it is made up of, all of its mass, towards its centre. This happens evenly all over the Earth, causing it to take on a round shape.
How exactly do the stars twinkle in the night sky? As it turns out, the answer is full of hot air... and cold air.
While we on Earth are familiar with our own star, the Sun, the European Space Agency's PLATO mission will explore solar systems similar to ours as well as those that are more exotic.
The planets closer to the Sun are indeed hotter than the Earth is. But they are still not hot enough to melt the rocks they are made from.
More than 2,000 years ago, the Babylonians understood the cycle of eclipses. They also regarded them as signs that could foretell the death of a king.
What caused the Big Bang is still a mystery. And that's just one of the many unanswered questions, in spite of everything we do know about the birth of the Universe.
The images are in from the Juno probe's closest flyby so far of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Citizen scientists are now getting involved in processing those images.