Planet

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.

Feb 18, 2015, 13:14 PM IST

Stars similar to the sun explode too at death

Scientists have discovered that stars, which are similar to the sum, explode too when they die.

Feb 18, 2015, 10:32 AM IST

Sky gazers to witness Jupiter coming closest to Earth tonight

In a celestial retreat, skygazers will have a rare opportunity to watch Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, from close quarters tonight.

Feb 07, 2015, 08:51 AM IST

Jupiter’s Opposition: Gear up to watch the brightest view of the planet tonight

Jupiter, the giant planet will make its closest approach to the Earth on Friday night, Feb 6.

Feb 06, 2015, 17:17 PM IST

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.

Feb 04, 2015, 15:37 PM IST

4.4b-year-old 'Black Beauty' Martian meteorite is chunk of planet's crust

The 4.4 billion year-old Martian meteorite, which was found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is a piece of planet's crust, it has been revealed.

Jan 31, 2015, 15:53 PM IST

Ancient star with five Earth-size planets discovered

After analysing over four years of data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft, a team of astronomers has discovered a star that is 11.2 billion years old and has at least five Earth-size planets.

Jan 28, 2015, 10:37 AM IST

Ocean warming melting one of largest Antarctica glaciers

One of the largest glaciers on the planet, Totten, is melting due to ocean warming, a phenomenon that demonstrates the vulnerability of East Antarctica and its role in increasing the level of the oceans.

Jan 27, 2015, 16:21 PM IST

Tiny probes to investigate Jupiter's atmosphere

Planetary scientists are considering firing a swarm of tiny probes - each with a different sensor - into the clouds of Jupiter and grab data as they fall before burning up in the giant planet's atmosphere.

Jan 27, 2015, 14:30 PM IST

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft probe begins flyby over Pluto

US space agency NASA's New Horizons spacecraft officially began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto on Thursday. The spacecraft will approach to the dwarf planet with the first close-up flyby scheduled for July 14.

Jan 16, 2015, 09:51 AM IST

Hurry! Mercury-crater naming contest ends Thursday

The MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Team announced that the contest to name five impact craters on Mercury ends on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Jan 14, 2015, 17:34 PM IST

Long-lost Beagle 2 Mars probe may have been spotted after 11 years

The Beagle 2 Mars probe that went missing 11 years may have been found, it has been reported.

Jan 14, 2015, 13:15 PM IST

ISRO Mars Orbiter Mission team wins Space Pioneer Award

ISRO's Mars Mission team has won the prestigious 2015 Space Pioneer Award in the science and engineering category in recognition of achieving the rare feat in its very first attempt.

Jan 14, 2015, 09:58 AM IST

NASA, Nissan to develop self-driving cars

The US space agency and the automaker Nissan have announced a five-year partnership to build self-driving, zero-emission autonomous cars for earth - and eventually space.

Jan 10, 2015, 14:19 PM IST

Dams have short life, rivers are eternal: Bharati

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati today emphasised the need to ensure that the ecological flow of river is not hampered by construction of dams.

Jan 01, 2015, 23:35 PM IST

Cassini sheds new light on Europa's atmosphere

Astronomers have revealed that analysis of NASA's Cassini spacecraft's data collected during its 2001 flyby of Jupiter sheds new light on the atmosphere of the planet's moon Europa.

Dec 19, 2014, 11:12 AM IST

Ancient earth may have fetched water from beneath

Did our planet make its own water through geologic processes or did it come to us via icy comets from the far reaches of the solar system? The answer is likely to be both.

Dec 18, 2014, 12:59 PM IST

New method developed to calculate magnetic field of distant 'exoplanet'

 Scientists have recently developed a new method that can help in estimating magnetic field of a distant exoplanet.

Nov 23, 2014, 16:05 PM IST

Carbon sheds fresh light on origin of life

New findings have revealed long unknown details about carbon deep beneath the Earth’s surface, suggesting ways this carbon might have influenced the history of life on the planet.

Nov 21, 2014, 11:12 AM IST

Philae Lander detects organic molecules on comet's surface

The Philae Lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet. 

Nov 19, 2014, 10:56 AM IST