Mysterious shrinking storms of Neptune spotted by NASA's Hubble

Similar to Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS), Neptune's storm swirls in an anti-cyclonic direction and is dredging up material from deep inside the ice giant planet’s atmosphere. 

Feb 16, 2018, 12:47 PM IST

Scientists find what lies beneath Neptune's surface

Extremely low temperatures on planets like Neptune -- called ice giants -- mean that chemicals on these distant worlds exist in a frozen state, the researchers said.

Aug 12, 2017, 19:00 PM IST

There's a massive Earth-sized storm brewing on Neptune and astronomers are shocked!

The massive storm system is about 9,000 kilometres in length, or one-third the size of Neptune's radius, spanning at least 30 degrees in both latitude and longitude.

Aug 04, 2017, 17:22 PM IST

Signs of water detected on Neptune-sized planet

The study, combining observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, shows that the distant planet HAT- P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium.

May 12, 2017, 13:28 PM IST

Mystery behind birth of Saturn's rings solved

Observations show that Saturn's rings are made of more than 95 per cent icy particles, while the rings of Uranus and Neptune are darker and may have higher rock content.

Nov 01, 2016, 14:40 PM IST

NASA's Hubble captures new dark spot on Neptune!

The US space agency NASA recently released a new image of Neptune with a dark feature that resides near and below a patch of bright clouds in the planet's southern hemisphere.

Jun 24, 2016, 20:18 PM IST

NASA's New Horizons detects first-ever object beyond orbit of Neptune

Captured from the spacecraft's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) in April, the images shatter New Horizons' own record for the closest-ever views of this KBO in November 2015 when New Horizons detected "JR1" from 280 million km away.

May 18, 2016, 11:04 AM IST

Andre Brahic, French astrophysicist who discovered Neptune's rings, dead at 73

He was an astrophysicist at the Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA) and a professor at the University of Paris. 

May 17, 2016, 18:49 PM IST

Indian-led scientists' team discover why comet appears black

Centaurs estimated to number around 44,000 are minor planets with diameters larger than one kilometre.

Jan 25, 2016, 16:47 PM IST

Good evidence for 9th planet in solar system: Scientists

Scientists reported today they finally have "good evidence" for Planet X, a true ninth planet on the fringes of our solar system. The gas giant is thought to be almost as big as Neptune and orbiting billions of miles beyond Neptune's path, distant enough to take 10,000 to 20,000 years to circle the sun.

Jan 21, 2016, 00:15 AM IST

Giant comets may pose danger to life on Earth

Known severe upsets of the terrestrial environment and interruptions in the progress of ancient civilisations, together with our growing knowledge of interplanetary matter in near-Earth space, indicate the arrival of a centaur around 30,000 years ago.

Dec 25, 2015, 17:11 PM IST

Check out: Some fun facts about Neptune!

Neptune is the most dense among the giants planets of the Solar System.

Dec 16, 2015, 11:14 AM IST

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.

Jun 03, 2015, 11:09 AM IST

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.

Jan 29, 2015, 13:20 PM IST

Two 'unknown planets' may lie hidden beyond Pluto

A recent study has revealed that there can be at least two unknown planets hidden well beyond Pluto.

Jan 16, 2015, 13:03 PM IST

Mars, like Earth has 'macroweather', but trickier

 Scientists have found that like Earth, Mars too has macro weather, a regime which is used to described the relatively stable regime between weather and climate.

Nov 14, 2014, 13:11 PM IST

Uranus like planet spotted far away

A planet that resembles Uranus of our solar system has been spotted 25,000 light years away by astronomers.

Oct 16, 2014, 20:52 PM IST

Global banks join hands to set up one-stop bond shop: Report

The banks, which include BNP Paribas SA, Credit Suisse Group AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, HSBC Holdings and JP Morgan Chase & Co, are set to pay $47,934 each for the first phase of consultancy work.

Oct 06, 2014, 12:54 PM IST

Witness cosmic double play of Neptune, 'Dodgeball' Asteroid tonight

Astronomers can enjoy a cosmic double play of Neptune and 'Dodgeball' Asteroid tonight.

Aug 30, 2014, 12:22 PM IST

Pluto-bound NASA spacecraft crosses Neptune`s orbit exactly 25 years after Voyager 2

NASA`s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft on Monday crossed the orbit of Neptune, which is its last major crossing before it reaches its final destination Pluto.

Aug 26, 2014, 09:56 AM IST