NASA telescope aboard giant balloon set for take off
NASA telescope aboard giant balloon set for take off

A giant balloon fitted with a new NASA telescope to spot black holes is set to take off this month.

Astronomers discover seven new dwarf galaxies

Astronomers in the US have discovered seven new dwarf galaxies using a new `homemade` telescope.

NASA builds world`s first flying observatory

NASA has fitted a 17-tonne telescope with an effective diameter of eight feet on a modified Boeing 747 jetliner that the US space agency is using as a flying observatory to study stars.

Giant telescopes paired up to help capture near-earth asteroid images

Using Earth-based radar, NASA scientists have produced sharp views of a recently discovered asteroid as it flew past our planet.

Largest yellow hypergiant star spotted

Researchers using ESO`s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) have found the largest yellow hypergiant star HR 5171 A - 1300 times the diameter of the Sun and much bigger than was expected.

New technique may advance search for alien life

Astronomers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a new technique that could help detect the telltale chemical signs of extraterrestrial life in the atmosphere of an alien world.

NASA cries planetary `bonanza` with 715 new worlds

NASA today announced a torrent of new planet discoveries, hailing a "bonanza" of 715 worlds now known outside the solar system thanks to the Kepler space telescope`s planet-hunting mission.

ESA`s billion star-hunter telescope enters orbit

Europe`s billion-star hunting telescope has successfully entered its operational orbit to gather data for the most accurate 3D map yet of our Milky Way galaxy, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

Evidence of jet in Milky Way`s supermassive black hole found

Astronomers, who have long sought strong evidence that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is producing a jet of high-energy particles, have finally found it.

Pioneering Indian astronomer welcomes India`s telescope quest

An expat Indian astronomer in Texas, who was one of the first humans to glimpse the Universe`s most distant galaxy, is hopeful about the future of science in India and about India pitching in to build the world`s largest telescope.

Ex missile-tracking telescope reveals baby pulsar`s fate

A radio telescope that was once used to keep track of ballistic missiles has helped astronomers to find how the magnetic field structure and rotation of the young and rapidly rotating Crab pulsar evolves with time.

ESA retires `Big Bang radiation absorbing` Planck space telescope

ESA`s Planck space telescope has been switched off after nearly 4.5 years soaking up the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the evolution of stars and galaxies throughout the history of the Universe.

Planck telescope to be switched off in 2 weeks

European `big bang` space telescope, Planck, will be turned off in two weeks` time, as it has completed its mission.

How building a telescope could send early warning of incoming asteroids

A physics professor has suggested that an early-warning telescope should be built to search for asteroids - about the size of a football field.

Bangalore angle to find `cosmic dawn` 13 billion years ago

The RRI, in partnership with US Universities, Harvard and MIT, and the Universities of Australia and New Zealand successfully built and commissioned the MWA, a radio telescope.

New images show comet ISON speeding towards Sun

Gemini Observatory has taken a new series of images that shows Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) racing toward an uncomfortably close rendezvous with the Sun.

Most complex ground-based telescope `ALMA` inaugurated in Chile

Scientists across the UK are proudly celebrating the monumental achievement of the completion of ALMA - the most complex ground-based telescope in existence.

Australia launches powerful telescope to probe outer space

Australia today launched one of the world`s fastest telescopes that will look for intelligent life in the outer regions of the universe while probing the origins of stars, galaxies and black holes.

Three countries to host world`s biggest radio telescope

South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have decided to host the biggest radio telescope ever built that will sweep the sky for answers to the major outstanding questions in astronomy.

Soon, 3.2bln-pixel camera to give `deepest view of night sky ever seen`

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is being put together by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the US.