How planets form around binary stars

How planets form around binary stars

Observational evidence, however, reveals that planets do indeed form and maintain surprisingly stable orbits around double stars.

Planets similar to earth have identical interiors

Planets similar to earth have identical interiors

In comparison, about a third of the Earth's mass is in its core.

Watch: Five bright planets aligning in a rare celestial spectacle!

Watch: Five bright planets aligning in a rare celestial spectacle!

The best time to view the rare celestial spectacle is just before dawn.

NASA mission finds 100 new alien planets

NASA mission finds 100 new alien planets

With a tweak to its steering ability, scientists rectified the mechanical malfunction of Kepler's lost ability to stare at the same exact spot.

Super-Earths harbouring 'forbidden' substances

Super-Earths harbouring 'forbidden' substances

A team of scientist has found "forbidden substances" on the super-Earths.

Check out: Some fun facts about Neptune!

Check out: Some fun facts about Neptune!

Neptune is the most dense among the giants planets of the Solar System.

First image of planet in making captured

First image of planet in making captured

LkCa15 is a young star with a transition disk around it, a cosmic whirling dervish, a birthplace for planets.

When Jupiter bumped giant planet out of solar system

When Jupiter bumped giant planet out of solar system

For years, scientists have suspected the ouster was either Saturn or Jupiter.

Watch: Rare conjunction of Venus, Mars & Jupiter this week

Watch: Rare conjunction of Venus, Mars & Jupiter this week

The best time to see the rare alignment is just before sunrise towards the east, all over in the world.

Most earth-like worlds yet to be born: Scientists

Most earth-like worlds yet to be born: Scientists

 There should at least be one billion Earth-sized worlds in the Milky Way galaxy at present, scientists have theorised, adding that in the entire universe, bulk of life-supporting planets -- 92 percent -- are yet to be born.

Earth-like planets may have magnetic fields, life too

Earth-like planets may have magnetic fields, life too

Earth-like planets orbiting close to small stars probably have magnetic fields that protect them from stellar radiation and help maintain surface conditions that could be conducive to life, new research shows.

Distant Uranus-sized exoplanet discovered

Distant Uranus-sized exoplanet discovered

 With a technique called gravitational microlensing, scientists have discovered a Uranus-sized exoplanet orbiting far from its central star.

Caught in action: Pebbles making planets

 Astronomers have detected a ring of rocks or what is called a belt of pebbles, thought to be a crucial link in building planets, circling a very young star.

Birth of new planet witnessed

For the first time, scientists are now able to directly study the planet formation process at a very early stage.

Helium-shrouded planets may be common in our galaxy: Study

Helium-shrouded planets may be common in our galaxy: Study

Planets having atmospheres rich in helium may be common in our Milky Way galaxy, according to a new theory based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Neptune-size planets with 'clouds of helium' may be common in our galaxy

Planets having atmospheres rich in helium may be common in our galaxy, as per new theory based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Asteroids contain water essential for life on planets

Asteroids contain water essential for life on planets

Water delivery via asteroids or comets is most likely taking place in many other planetary systems just as it happened on Earth, British astronomers say.

First proof of planetary system under formation

Researchers from the University of Toronto have offered first-ever proof of a planetary system under formation.

New NASA coalition to lead search for life on distant worlds

A new NASA initiative is embracing a team approach to the quest for life on planets around other stars.

Hunt for life-supporting planets got a little shorter

If you are a "Star Trek" series lover, you will know what the popular Tau Ceti system is. Popularised in several fictional works, Tau Ceti is a very likely place to have life due to its proximity to Earth and the star's sun-like characteristics.