Pluto’s moon has a mysterious red north pole, and we can finally find out why

Pluto's moon has a mysterious red north pole, and we can finally find out why

Pluto’s life partner, Charon, has a disarmingly red “cap.” Ever since New Horizons broke the moonfrom the rust-tinged North Pole during its 2015 flyby, scientists have been looking into the planetary processes responsible for the departure of such a bold landmark. Scientists first suspected that the iron-colored smear (dubbed Mordor Macula) was methane captured on … Read more

A dead star was caught tearing apart its planetary system

A dead star was caught tearing apart its planetary system

When a star dies, what happens to its planets? Well, if that star is some white dwarf 86 light years away, those planets are currently being torn apart and devoured by the star, like some grotesque cosmic performance of Kronos devouring his children. This is not entirely unusual for white dwarfs. But this particular star, … Read more