Solar system

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
Small space object pays a visit to our galaxy

Small space object pays a visit to our galaxy

Observations are still underway and if so, then it would be the first "interstellar object" to be observed and confirmed by astronomers.

Oct 28, 2017, 13:59 PM IST
Scientists spot comets outside our solar system

Scientists spot comets outside our solar system

These cosmic balls of ice and dust, which travelled about 160,934 kms per hour before they ultimately vapourised, are some of the smallest objects yet found outside our own solar system.

Oct 28, 2017, 12:05 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
Ninth planet of solar system does exist, believes NASA

Ninth planet of solar system does exist, believes NASA

As per a NASA report, a ninth planet might be there on the outer edges of our solar system.

Oct 14, 2017, 15:21 PM IST
Venus' mysterious night side revealed for the first time – Here's why it's creating a buzz

Venus' mysterious night side revealed for the first time – Here's why it's creating a buzz

Venus' atmosphere is dominated by strong winds that whirl around the planet far faster than Venus itself rotates.

Sep 17, 2017, 17:51 PM IST
'Planet 9' formed closer to home than believed: Study

'Planet 9' formed closer to home than believed: Study

The outskirts of the solar system have always been something of an enigma, with astronomers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries searching for a giant planet that was not there, and the subsequent discovery of Pluto in 1930.

Sep 16, 2017, 18:27 PM IST
At least nine alien planets in position to spot Earth: Study

At least nine alien planets in position to spot Earth: Study

To look for worlds where civilisations would have the best chance of spotting our Solar System, the astronomers looked for parts of the sky from which more than one planet could be seen crossing the face of the Sun.

Sep 10, 2017, 19:42 PM IST
Astronomers identify oldest asteroid family

Astronomers identify oldest asteroid family

The team also discovered a relatively sparse region of the main asteroid belt, where the few asteroids present are likely pristine relics from early in solar system history. 

Aug 04, 2017, 19:08 PM IST
In a first, Hubble detects hot exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere

In a first, Hubble detects hot exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere

Scientists have discovered glowing water molecules in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system.

Aug 03, 2017, 13:04 PM IST
NASA dashes hopes of life on Proxima b, says habitability is unlikely

NASA dashes hopes of life on Proxima b, says habitability is unlikely

At only four light-years away, Proxima b is our closest known extra-solar neighbour.

Aug 01, 2017, 14:29 PM IST
Evidence of new stars forming in Milky Way offer insights into origin of solar system

Evidence of new stars forming in Milky Way offer insights into origin of solar system

These stellar nurseries can produce dozens or even hundreds of stars with different sizes and masses.

Jul 24, 2017, 22:49 PM IST
Here's looking at you, kid! Check out Jupiter's 'face' peering down at Juno – See pic

Here's looking at you, kid! Check out Jupiter's 'face' peering down at Juno – See pic

Citizen scientists often have a gala time creating the best enhanced-colour images of gas giant by using data delivered by Juno.

Jul 01, 2017, 09:44 AM IST
Did a new planet just reveal itself? Scientists discover Mars-sized object at the edge of the solar system!

Did a new planet just reveal itself? Scientists discover Mars-sized object at the edge of the solar system!

 In other words, something unknown is warping the average orbital plane of the outer solar system.

Jun 25, 2017, 12:30 PM 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
NASA's Juno captures clear view of Jupiter's south polar region

NASA's Juno captures clear view of Jupiter's south polar region

NASA's Juno spacecraft has captured a clear view of the south polar region of Jupiter.

Jun 17, 2017, 00:01 AM IST
Meet the senior citizen of the solar system: Jupiter declared oldest planet!

Meet the senior citizen of the solar system: Jupiter declared oldest planet!

Results suggest the nascent gas giant was already that big within the first 1 million years of solar system history.

Jun 13, 2017, 16:28 PM IST
Cassini reveals Saturn's moon 'Iapetus' is a world of contrast – See pic

Cassini reveals Saturn's moon 'Iapetus' is a world of contrast – See pic

Data from the Cassini mission has shown that Cassini Regio on Iapetus is covered in a layer of dark, dusty material creating a stark contrast to the much brighter region that surrounds it, which leads to the moon's distinctive, two-toned appearance. 

Jun 13, 2017, 09:59 AM IST
Astronomers discover cold brown dwarf near our solar system

Astronomers discover cold brown dwarf near our solar system

A brown dwarf, which is a little more than 100 light years away from the Sun was discovered by astronomers with the help of a new citizen-science tool.

Jun 03, 2017, 19:55 PM IST
Spotted - Potentially habitable 'Super-Earth' planet found orbiting nearby star

Spotted - Potentially habitable 'Super-Earth' planet found orbiting nearby star

Scientists say the planet thought to be a rocky world is roughly three times more massive than the Earth, and resides at the edge of the habitable zone of its host star GJ625 (Gliese 625).

May 30, 2017, 16:49 PM IST