The Solar System Archive

Sciency Words: Eccentricity

According to Kepler’s laws, no planet has a perfectly circular orbit. The “established norm” is

The Solar System as a Patchwork Quilt

It's surprising how small (or large) some of the solar system's more interesting moons are compared

Artifexian: Formation of the Solar System

Before we start baking our apple pie, let's take a look at grandma's old recipe book

Better than Starships: Satellites

Steven Lyle Jordan on why abandoning Earth's resources is a bad idea.

Colonizing Space 1970’s Style

Just look at all the cool space stuff NASA will have built by the time you're

Don’t Eat Yellow Moon Dust

A lack of oxygen, micro-gravity, explosive decompression, and extreme levels of radiation aren’t the only dangers

Featured Story: Learning Curve

The screechy monkey living in the back of my head chose that moment to take charge

Inspiration Gallery #1213

This month's Inspiration Gallery showcases the work of digital artist Adam Burn, and is inspired by

Gravity Balloons: Colonizing the Asteroid Belt

Maybe a civilization in the center of Phobos will be more pivotal than one on the

Story Idea: The Trespassers

When a new moon appears in orbit around Jupiter, mankind wakes up to an uncomfortable truth.

Featured Story: The Planet Brokers

Humanity agrees to sell the planet Venus to vast and timeless alien beings in this quirky

Extra-planetary Nature Reserves

If you want to colonize a new planet, travelling across the cosmos is only the first

5 Ideas for an Alien Invasion Story

Five quick and simple ideas for an alien invasion story.

Has Voyager 1 Really Left the Solar System?

You've probably heard this news being bandied around the internet, but the truth is that it's

Story Idea: Oort Cloud Civilizations

Story idea by John H. Reiher Jr. about a civilization that lives in the Oort cloud

Terraforming via Telepresence and Telerobotics

Engineers and scientists located at NASA or aboard the International Space Station can control the motions

How Many Planets Are There in the Solar System?

How many planets are there in the Solar System? Is Pluto still a planet? Exactly what

Sedna – Last Gas for 600 Lightyears

Sedna is the most distant planet from the sun and is smaller even than Pluto. While