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Alpha Centauri: Nearest Star System to the Sun

Alpha Centauri: Nearest Star System to the Sun

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, and is known for its many moons, its dangerous radiation belt and its iconic Great Red Spot.

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, and is known for its many moons, its dangerous radiation belt and its iconic Great Red Spot.

C/2014 S3 is a nearly tailless comet that takes 860 years to orbit the sun, passing through the Solar System's outer Oort cloud.

C/2014 S3 is a nearly tailless comet that takes 860 years to orbit the sun, passing through the Solar System's outer Oort cloud.

Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006, joining Eris, Haumea, Makemake and Ceres. Learn more about the dwarf planets of the solar system in this SPACE.com infographic.

Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006, joining Eris, Haumea, Makemake and Ceres. Learn more about the dwarf planets of the solar system in this SPACE.com infographic.

The Milky Way Galaxy is organized into spiral arms of giant stars that illuminate interstellar gas and dust. The sun is in a finger called the Orion Spur.

The Milky Way Galaxy is organized into spiral arms of giant stars that illuminate interstellar gas and dust. The sun is in a finger called the Orion Spur.

Learn about planet Mars’ atmosphere, water supply and the possibility to support life, plus, findings from the Mars exploration rover mission.

Learn about planet Mars’ atmosphere, water supply and the possibility to support life, plus, findings from the Mars exploration rover mission.

A huge solar filament snakes around the southwestern horizon of the sun in this full disk photo taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Nov. 17, 2010.

A huge solar filament snakes around the southwestern horizon of the sun in this full disk photo taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Nov. 17, 2010.

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