New study to shed light on 'super-Earths'

 A new study has provided a deeper insight into the long-running hunt for super-Earths orbiting into the space.

Scientists reveal weather map, trace water on exoplanet
Scientists reveal weather map, trace water on exoplanet

Using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, a team of scientists including an Indian-origin researcher has made the most detailed map ever of the temperature of an exoplanet's atmosphere and traced the amount of water it contains.

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

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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.

Exoplanet with longest known year discovered

In a recent discovery, astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year which circles its star once every 704 days.

Sunsets on Saturn`s moon Titan help understand hazy atmosphere of exoplanets

Scientists working with data from NASA`s Cassini mission have used Saturn`s smog-enshrouded moon Titan as a stand-in to develop a new way to understand the atmospheres of exoplanets.

Scientists tackle orbit of exoplanet at least four times the size of Jupiter

Researchers, using one of the world`s largest telescopes, have tracked the orbit of a planet at least four times the size of Jupiter.

Signs of life on exomoons a distinct possibility too

Although we are yet to witness an exomoon, there are far greater chances for exomoons to harbour life like exoplanets, a thrilling research has indicated.

First Earth-sized planet found in `habitable zone`: NASA

The exoplanet dubbed Kepler-186f was first spotted by scientists using NASA`s Kepler telescope, according to research published today in the US journal Science.

Scientists find presence of water vapour around `hot Jupiter`

Researchers have made the first detection of water in the atmosphere of a `hot Jupiter` planet orbiting the nearby star Tau Bootis.

Water vapour detected in Jupiter-like exo-planet`s atmosphere

Researchers at Caltech and several other institutions have made the first detection of water in the atmosphere of the Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the nearby star Tau Bootis.

Bright star reveals new Neptune-sized exoplanet

An international team of astronomers have discovered a new exoplanet, christened "Kepler-410A b."

`Rare` brown dwarf discovery provides benchmark for future exoplanet research

A team of researchers have directly imaged a very rare type of brown dwarf that can serve as a benchmark for studying objects with masses that lie between stars and planets.

Exoplanet orbiting solar twin found in distant star cluster

Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet orbiting a solar twin 2500 light-years away, according to a new study.

Earth`s `gaseous twin` discovered 200 light years away

Scientists have come across a new planet, considered Earth`s `twin`, in another solar system that is located 200 light years away.

Newly discovered small exoplanets may be fluffy

During its four-year mission, NASA`s Kepler space telescope discovered thousands of "planetary candidates" in our Milky Way galaxy, many of which were found to be covered in gas.

Alien life near us a distinct possibility

It`s time to tune into "2013: A Space Odyssey". A pair of failed stars - known as brown dwarfs in the astronomers` community - may be hiding an alien world which, if confirmed, would be one of the closest ever to our sun.

Predicted unseen exoplanet found

Astronomers have now confirmed the presence of Kepler-88 c, an unseen planet that had been previously predicted thanks to the gravitational perturbation it caused on its transiting brother planet, Kepler-88 b.

Astronomers discover exoplanet that shouldn`t be there

A team of astronomers were left mystified after they discovered a giant planet orbiting its star at 650 times the average Earth-Sun distance.

Alien life likelier to exist on purple planets

Based on the theory that Earth`s very first inhabitants were purple bacteria, a new study has claimed that purple planets are more likely to house alien life than any other planet.

One in five Milky Way stars may have Earth-like planets: Study

One out of every five sun-like stars in the Milky Way galaxy has a planet about the size of Earth that is properly positioned for water, a key ingredient for life, a study released on Monday showed.