Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

US micro-observatory captures images of comet ISON

A retired teacher Bruce Mellin has clicked new pictures of comet ISON with the help of MicroObservatory`s "Donald" telescope in Arizona.

Nov 19, 2013, 12:50 PM IST

It`s snowing in an infant solar system!

Astronomers have taken the first-ever image of a snow line in an infant solar system.

Jul 19, 2013, 10:16 AM IST

Kepler spacecraft discovers 2 planets in distant star cluster

Astronomers have found two planets smaller than Neptune orbiting Sun-like stars 3,000 light-years from Earth, in the star cluster NGC 6811.

Jun 27, 2013, 11:47 AM IST

Cat`s Paw Nebula experiencing `baby boom`

The Cat`s Paw Nebula, otherwise known as NGC 6334, is forming stars at a more rapid pace than the Orion Nebula, one of the closest stellar nurseries to Earth, according to astronomers.

Jun 06, 2013, 10:39 AM IST

Our sun was a feisty toddler

A new research has suggested that our Sun was both active and "feisty" in its infancy, growing in fits and starts while burping out bursts of X-rays.

Jun 06, 2013, 10:37 AM IST

Black hole spinning at speed of light

The outer reaches of a `supermassive` black hole, more than two million miles across, or eight times the earth-moon distance, is spinning at nearly the speed of light.

Feb 28, 2013, 12:42 PM IST

Dying stars may hold clues to extraterrestrial life

Researchers studying Earth-like planets orbiting white dwarf stars have concluded that dying stars could host planets with life-and if such life exists, they might be able to detect it within the next decade.

Feb 26, 2013, 13:50 PM IST

`Earth-like planets may be in our own backyard`

Astronomers believe that Earth-like planets could be all around us, and some may even harbour life that would be much older and more evolved than on Earth.

Feb 07, 2013, 12:30 PM IST

`Bone` of Milky Way identified

Astronomers have identified a new structure in the Milky Way - a long tendril of dust and gas that they are calling a "bone."

Jan 10, 2013, 09:04 AM IST