Planets

NASA study finds evidence of wrecked planets being devoured by 'winking' star

NASA study finds evidence of wrecked planets being devoured by 'winking' star

Located about 550 light-years away in the constellation Pisces, the RZ Piscium has erratic dimming episodes which can last as long as two days.

Dec 22, 2017, 09:10 AM IST
Liquid oceans in outer solar system may last longer, says study

Liquid oceans in outer solar system may last longer, says study

Heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive collisions could extend the lifetimes of liquid water oceans beneath the surface of large icy worlds lying beyond the orbits of Neptune and Pluto and their moons.

Dec 03, 2017, 15:20 PM IST
Earth-sized planet that could be a "comfortable abode for possible life" found

Earth-sized planet that could be a "comfortable abode for possible life" found

The low-mass exoplanet orbits the red dwarf star Ross 128 every 9.9 days. The star is currently located at a distance of 11 light-years from Earth.

Nov 16, 2017, 12:24 PM IST
There are 20 more planets besides Earth where we can reside, says NASA

There are 20 more planets besides Earth where we can reside, says NASA

The analysis of data comes from NASA's Kepler telescope that has revealed that the extraterrestrial worlds could hold life

Nov 01, 2017, 15:55 PM IST
Now explore planets, moons in Google Maps

Now explore planets, moons in Google Maps

Google Maps now enables a visit to Saturn's natural satellites such as Enceladus, Dione or Iapetus, Rhea and Mimas as well as Jupiter's Europa and Ganymede.

Oct 17, 2017, 12:20 PM IST
This star swallowed its own planets

This star swallowed its own planets

Dubbed Kronos after the child-eating Titan of Greek mythology, the star is the clearest and most dramatic case yet of a Sun-like star consuming its own planets

Oct 13, 2017, 16:14 PM IST
TRAPPIST-1 planets may still have water, finds Hubble

TRAPPIST-1 planets may still have water, finds Hubble

To estimate whether there might be water on the seven earth-sized planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, the astronomers used observations from the Hubble Space Telescope – a project of international cooperation between European Space Agency and NASA.

Sep 02, 2017, 16:39 PM IST
There's a massive Earth-sized storm brewing on Neptune and astronomers are shocked!

There's a massive Earth-sized storm brewing on Neptune and astronomers are shocked!

The massive storm system is about 9,000 kilometres in length, or one-third the size of Neptune's radius, spanning at least 30 degrees in both latitude and longitude.

Aug 04, 2017, 17:22 PM IST
How hidden stars may impact search for Earth-like planets

How hidden stars may impact search for Earth-like planets

In the search for planets similar to our own, an important point of comparison is the planet's density.

Jul 13, 2017, 00:22 AM IST
NASA's Kepler telescope finds 219 new planet candidates; 10 of which are Earth-like worlds

NASA's Kepler telescope finds 219 new planet candidates; 10 of which are Earth-like worlds

With the latest release, Kepler has detected a total of 4,034 planet candidates, of which 2,335 have been verified as exoplanets.

Jun 20, 2017, 08:55 AM IST
Two massive planets discovered 138 light years away

Two massive planets discovered 138 light years away

One of the two worlds is a Saturn-mass planet, while the other one is a cold exoplanet several times more massive than Jupiter.

Jun 12, 2017, 17:54 PM IST
Bizarre discovery! Scientists say Earth was a 'donut-shaped' mass of hot, vaporised rock

Bizarre discovery! Scientists say Earth was a 'donut-shaped' mass of hot, vaporised rock

Current theories of planet formation hold that rocky planets such as the Earth, Mars and Venus formed early in the existence of our solar system as smaller objects collided with each other. 

May 23, 2017, 23:48 PM IST
Oceans may cover more than 90 percent of most habitable planets' surface: Scientists

Oceans may cover more than 90 percent of most habitable planets' surface: Scientists

This conclusion is reached because the Earth itself is very close to being a so-called 'waterworld' - a world where all land is immersed under a single ocean.

Apr 21, 2017, 13:30 PM IST
Super-Earth: Newly discovered exoplanet may be most promising yet in search for signs of life

Super-Earth: Newly discovered exoplanet may be most promising yet in search for signs of life

Earlier, astronomers have discovered a number of nearby exoplanets - or planets outside our solar system - that could harbour life like Proxima b and the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets.

Apr 20, 2017, 10:05 AM IST
Hubble spots beautiful spiral galaxy that presents an interesting puzzle – See pic!

Hubble spots beautiful spiral galaxy that presents an interesting puzzle – See pic!

The galaxy, which is known as RX J1140.1+0307 and is in the Virgo constellation, presents an interesting puzzle. 

Jan 14, 2017, 11:56 AM IST
Planetary system with deadly host star discovered

Planetary system with deadly host star discovered

The study that was published in the journal “Astronomy and Astrophysics” suggest that this new discovery can provide clues to researchers about how planetary systems evolve over time.

Dec 17, 2016, 23:43 PM IST
NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes reveal elusive brown dwarf!

NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes reveal elusive brown dwarf!

Brown dwarfs are thought to be the missing link between planets and stars, with masses up to 80 times that of Jupiter, NASA said.

Nov 11, 2016, 12:43 PM IST
Brazilian astronomers discover 2 new planets

Brazilian astronomers discover 2 new planets

The two new planets, dubbed "super Neptune" and "super Earth", are the first to be discovered by Brazilian astronomers since the discovery in 2015 of a planet similar to Jupiter, according to Brazil's G1 news website on Friday.

Nov 05, 2016, 13:01 PM IST
NASA says world's largest space telescope ready for launch

NASA says world's largest space telescope ready for launch

The James Webb Space Telescope will be launched on board an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in October 2018, NASA said.

Nov 03, 2016, 08:59 AM IST
Mystery behind birth of Saturn's rings solved

Mystery behind birth of Saturn's rings solved

Observations show that Saturn's rings are made of more than 95 per cent icy particles, while the rings of Uranus and Neptune are darker and may have higher rock content.

Nov 01, 2016, 14:40 PM IST