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.

Earth was formed by tiny millimeter-sized stones, claims study
Earth was formed by tiny millimeter-sized stones, claims study

Scientists have found that our planet was formed much like asteroids, by cosmic ocean of millimetre-sized particles that orbited the sun.

NASA telescope finds planet deep within our galaxy
NASA telescope finds planet deep within our galaxy

 NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with a telescope on the ground to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light years away, making it one of the most distant planets known.

Red giant stars with held up 'chemical clock' discovered
Red giant stars with held up 'chemical clock' discovered

A team of astrophysicists has discovered a group of red giant stars for which the 'chemical clock' does not work.

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.

'Milky Way may have several planets brimming with life'
'Milky Way may have several planets brimming with life'

After analysing satellite data, an international team of researchers have calculated the probability for the number of stars in the Milky Way that might have planets in the habitable zone.

Black hole collisions shed light on most energetic event in universe for first time ever
Black hole collisions shed light on most energetic event in universe for first time ever

Black hole collisions has provided a deeper insight into the most energetic event in universe, the merging of two spinning, orbiting black holes into a much larger black hole, for first time ever.

New insight into origin of matter in the universe
New insight into origin of matter in the universe

Physicists from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) are offering a possible solution to the mystery of the origin of matter in the universe.

Possible solution to mystery of origin of matter in universe
Possible solution to mystery of origin of matter in universe

A new research has offered a possible solution to the mystery of the origin of matter in the universe.

'Twinkle' set to give radical new insights into alien planets' evolution
'Twinkle' set to give radical new insights into alien planets' evolution

A small satellite, named 'Twinkle,' is set to give radical new insights into the chemistry, formation and evolution of planets orbiting other stars.

Transformation of uninhabitable mini-Neptune into Earth-like world maybe possible
Transformation of uninhabitable mini-Neptune into Earth-like world maybe possible

A new study has recently revealed that transformation of inhabitable mini-Neptune into Earth-like world maybe possible.