Vishyanand: Minor planet named after chess star Vishwanathan Anand
Vishyanand: Minor planet named after chess star Vishwanathan Anand

India’s first chess grandmaster, Vishwanathan Anand has been bestowed the honor of having a minor planet named after him, joining a select group of very few chess players that have ever been given this privilege.

Here's your chance to name exoplanets, host stars

Astronomers from the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has recently organized a worldwide contest to give popular names to selected exoplanets along with their host stars.

Hurry! Mercury-crater naming contest ends Thursday
Hurry! Mercury-crater naming contest ends Thursday

The MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Team announced that the contest to name five impact craters on Mercury ends on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Will Pluto be promoted to the status of a planet again ?
Will Pluto be promoted to the status of a planet again ?

Zee Media Bureau/Ritu Singh

London: Pluto may get re-instated as a planet again! After much debate Harvard-Smithsonian Center recently came to a conclusion that it was indeed a planet.

Mercury crater named after John Lennon

The International Astronomical Union has approved a proposal from the

School students from Delhi, Gurgaon discover two asteroids

Four school students of Delhi and Gurgaon have discovered two asteroids which will soon be listed in world`s official minor body catalogue maintained by International Astronomical Union (Paris).

‘Tibetan observatory to be best in Asia’

An observatory under construction in Tibet is expected to become the best astronomical observatory in Asia, International Astronomical Union (IAU) President Norio Kaifu said.

Five minor planets named after Chinese scientists

Five minor planets have been named after top Chinese scientists with the approval of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).