Salt may be key to unlocking interiors of Neptune and Uranus

A new study has suggested that several of our solar system's planets and moons aren't filled with the regular kind of water ice that one avoids on the sidewalk in winter.

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.

Mystery white spots on dwarf planet Ceres – ice, salt or...
Mystery white spots on dwarf planet Ceres – ice, salt or...

Dwarf planet Ceres is proving to be weirder than it was originally thought. One feature of the celestial body that has been baffling scientists and astronomers are those mysterious 'white spots' on its surface.

Young solar system around nearby star discovered
Young solar system around nearby star discovered

An international team has discovered a young planetary system that shares remarkable similarities to our own early solar system.

Young solar system found around nearby star

 Astronomers have recently discovered a young solar system around a nearby star that resembles Earth's solar system.

How our solar system looked like as a 'toddler'

Scientists have found a young planetary system which may enable them to understand what our own solar system looked like as 'toddler' billions of years ago.

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.