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.

Kolkatans to get Jupiter view on Friday
Kolkatans to get Jupiter view on Friday

Kolkatans will have a rare opportunity this Friday to watch Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, from close quarters.

Astronomers discover oldest known solar-like system
Astronomers discover oldest known solar-like system

An international team of astronomers combing through data from the US Kepler space telescope said Tuesday they have discovered a solar system with five Earth-sized planets dating back to the dawn of the galaxy.

'Super Saturn' with gigantic ring system found
'Super Saturn' with gigantic ring system found

Astronomers have found that the ring system they saw eclipsing a very young Sun-like star -- known as J1407 -- is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn.

NASA probe indicates asteroid once had flowing water
NASA probe indicates asteroid once had flowing water

One of the largest asteroids in our solar system - Vesta - may once have had flowing water which formed gullies and other erosion features on its surface, according to data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto

Nine years after leaving Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is at last drawing close to Pluto and on Sunday was expected to start shooting photographs of the dwarf planet.

Mountain-size asteroid to fly by Earth on January 26-27
Mountain-size asteroid to fly by Earth on January 26-27

A relatively large asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, is going to fly by Earth at a very safe distance of 745,000 miles (1.2 million km).

Hidden magnetic messages found in meteorites
Hidden magnetic messages found in meteorites

Geologists from University of Cambridge have uncovered hidden magnetic messages from the early solar system in meteorites.

An instrument that can reveal age of planetary materials
An instrument that can reveal age of planetary materials

Researchers have developed an instrument that is not only capable of dating rocks but can be miniaturised for spaceflight to reveal the age of planetary materials.

Two more planets in our solar system: Astronomers
Two more planets in our solar system: Astronomers

The solar system has at least two more planets waiting to be discovered beyond the orbit of Pluto, Spanish and British astronomers say.

Exoplanets more hospitable to life
Exoplanets more hospitable to life

Exoplanets - planets outside our solar system - are more likely to have water and be more habitable than previously thought, suggest astrophysicists from University of Toronto, Canada.