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NASA study finds evidence of wrecked planets being devoured by 'winking' star

Located about 550 light-years away in the constellation Pisces, the RZ Piscium has erratic dimming episodes which can last as long as two days.

Dec 22, 2017, 09:10 AM IST

Evidence of 60 million-year-old meteorite impact found at Scotland's Isle of Skye

At 60 million-years-old, this would be the oldest impact ever recorded in the UK.

Dec 19, 2017, 09:08 AM IST

Big Kepler revelation: NASA discovers a solar system just like ours with eight planets

Sitting around a Sun-like star 2,545 light years away in the constellation Draco, Kepler-90i – like Earth – is also the third rock from its sun - though it sits much closer, circling its star every 14.4 days.

Dec 15, 2017, 08:35 AM IST

Ceres an active, evolving world. Not dead as previously thought: NASA

 The researchers presented the latest results about the bright areas at the American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans on Tuesday.

Dec 13, 2017, 14:12 PM IST

NASA's Juno unveils the roots of Jupiter's Great Red Spot - Watch

Juno also has detected a new radiation zone, just above the gas giant's atmosphere, near the equator.

Dec 12, 2017, 16:28 PM IST

Martian atmosphere well-protected from effects of solar wind: Study

Unlike Earth, Mars has no global magnetic dipole, but the solar wind instead induces currents in the ionised upper atmosphere (the ionosphere), creating an induced magnetosphere.

Dec 11, 2017, 17:34 PM IST

Giant planet orbiting small star discovered, scientists stumped

As per existing theories of planet formation, while small stars can readily form rocky planets, they do not gather enough material together to form Jupiter-sized planets.

Nov 01, 2017, 13:51 PM IST

TRAPPIST 2.0? Scientists discover four Earth-sized planets orbiting Sun-like star

They were detected by observing the wobbles in the movement of tau Ceti.

Aug 09, 2017, 19:55 PM IST

Discovery of 25 previously unknown Giant Radio Galaxies reported by Indian astronomers!

 The team carried out a systematic search for these radio giants and found a large sample of GRGs, using a nearly 20-year-old radio survey.

Jul 04, 2017, 13:07 PM IST

Did a new planet just reveal itself? Scientists discover Mars-sized object at the edge of the solar system!

 In other words, something unknown is warping the average orbital plane of the outer solar system.

Jun 25, 2017, 12:30 PM IST

New planet alert! Scientists discover 'puffy planet' 320 light years from Earth – See pic

This “puffy planet” outside our solar system may hold opportunities for testing atmospheres that will be useful when assessing future planets for signs of life, researchers said.

May 22, 2017, 21:10 PM IST

US astronomer Vera Rubin, known for her discovery of the first evidence of dark matter, passes away at 88

A Philadelphia native, she used galaxies’ rotations to discover the first direct evidence of dark matter in the 1970s while working at the Carnegie Institution in Washington.

Dec 27, 2016, 22:25 PM IST

The sun is not the roundest object in the universe anymore, this star is!

The gigantic star which has beat the sun, measures around a whopping 1.5 million km.

Nov 20, 2016, 23:58 PM IST