Dead NASA probe reveals Mercury's magnetic field secrets
Dead NASA probe reveals Mercury's magnetic field secrets

Mercury's magnetic field is almost four billion years old, data from NASA's Messenger probe has revealed. It orbited Mercury for four years before crashing into the planet last week.

Astronomers spot huge lava lake on Jupiter's moon

An extremely powerful telescope on Earth has revealed in detail a huge lava lake on Io - the innermost of the four moons of Jupiter discovered by Italian scientist and scholar Galileo (Galilei) in 1610.

 

 

 

Two-way human trip to Mars possible with electric solar sail
Two-way human trip to Mars possible with electric solar sail

Electric solar wind sail could make continuous bidirectional manned Mars flights possible by utilising water mined from the asteroids, researchers claim.

Earth was formed by tiny millimetre-sized stones
Earth was formed by tiny millimetre-sized stones

A cosmic ocean of millimetre-sized particles that orbited the young Sun formed the Earth, according to new research.

Rosetta mission finds comet has no magnetic field
Rosetta mission finds comet has no magnetic field

Rosetta mission has found that its target comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has no magnetic field.

NASA probe nearing close encounter with unexplored Pluto
NASA probe nearing close encounter with unexplored Pluto

The first spacecraft to visit distant Pluto, a dwarf planet in the solar system’s frozen backyard, is still three months away from a close encounter, but already in viewing range, newly released photos show.

Chemical make-up of meteorites reveals Earth's 1st crust formed 4.5b yrs ago
Chemical make-up of meteorites reveals Earth's 1st crust formed 4.5b yrs ago

The chemical make-up of meteorites has revealed that Earth's first crust was formed around 4.5 billion years ago.

Sun joined Milky Way's star-birth party much later
Sun joined Milky Way's star-birth party much later

 In one of the most comprehensive galaxy surveys yet, astronomers have found that galaxies like our Milky Way underwent a stellar "baby boom" churning out stars at a prodigious rate, about 30 times faster than on Friday.

Puzzle of Moon's origin, composition may have been resolved
Puzzle of Moon's origin, composition may have been resolved

The nagging problems at the heart of the leading theory of how the Moon formed and what is it made up of, seems to have been explained away.

Life beyond solar system possible: Study
Life beyond solar system possible: Study

A team of scientists have claimed that life beyond the solar system is possible.

Wandering Jupiter changed our solar system
Wandering Jupiter changed our solar system

Jupiter may have swept through the early solar system like a wrecking ball, destroying any newly-formed super-Earths by driving them into the Sun, a new study has found.

Solar system once harboured 'super-earths'
Solar system once harboured 'super-earths'

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have found that our solar system may have once harboured super-earths - planets larger than the Earth but smaller than Neptune.

A second planet may possess Saturn-like rings
A second planet may possess Saturn-like rings

 In an interesting finding, researchers have detected features around minor planet Chiron that may signal rings, jets, or a shell of dust.

New global-scale maps of Mercury's surface chemistry elucidate planet's history
New global-scale maps of Mercury's surface chemistry elucidate planet's history

A new study has provided maps of Mercury's surface chemistry that illuminate the planet's history.

Mystery signals in space suggests Earth-like planet exists 20 light years away
Mystery signals in space suggests Earth-like planet exists 20 light years away

 Astronomers now believe that the mysterious signals, previously dismissed as stellar bursts, are indeed coming from an Earth-like planet.

NASA spacecraft nearing its second stop - dwarf planet Ceres
NASA spacecraft nearing its second stop - dwarf planet Ceres

A NASA spacecraft is preparing to rendezvous with the largest object in the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter.

Sun's magnetic field controls heliosphere's shape much more than previously thought

A new study of the solar system suggests that astrophysical jets are driven by the sun.

New technique to hunt for Earth-like planets
New technique to hunt for Earth-like planets

German researchers have developed a new technique that will help astronomers hunt for Earth-like planets around distant stars with ease.

Recently identified dim star passed very close to our solar system 70,000 years ago
Recently identified dim star passed very close to our solar system 70,000 years ago

A team of astronomers has identified the closest known flyby of a star to our solar system.

NASA captures sharper images of dwarf planet
NASA captures sharper images of dwarf planet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, on way to explore the dwarf planet called Ceres, has captured craters and mysterious bright spots on it.