ASTRONOMY

  • Opposition of Mars: Tonight Mars, Earth and sun will be arranged in a nearly-straight line April 8, 2014

    New Delhi: On the night of Tuesday April 8, Mars, Earth, and the sun are arranged in a nearly-straight line. Astronomers call this event an 'opposition of Mars' because Mars and the Sun are on opposite sides of the sky. Oppositions of Mars happen every 26 months. Mars rises in...
  • Discovery of the 1,000th alien planet likely to be announced soon September 29, 2013

    Washington: Astronomers are closing in on 1,000th alien planet to be discovered, just twenty years after spotting the first world beyond our solar system. Four of the five main databases that catalogue the discoveries of exoplanets now list more than 900 confirmed alien worlds, and two of them puts the tally...
  • Treat for sky gazers: Partial lunar eclipse on Thursday April 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Sky gazers can look forward to a partial lunar eclipse that will take place Thursday and will be first of the three eclipses of 2013, officials said on Wednesday. Earth's shadow will cover one per cent of the moon and will just touch the moon's limb. The moon...
  • Indian discovers supergiant star in constellation Virgo April 12, 2013

    Washington: An Indian scientist and his Taiwanese colleague have discovered a blue supergiant star located in the constellation Virgo, far beyond our Milky Way Galaxy. Over 55 million years ago, the star emerged in an extremely wild environment, surrounded by intensely hot plasma (a million degrees centigrade) and amidst raging...
  • Russia plans to send probe to moon in 2015 January 16, 2013

    Moscow: Russia will resume a longdormant quest to explore the moon by sending an unmanned probe there in 2015, the head of the space agency was quoted as saying on Tuesday. The craft, called LunaGlob, or MoonGlobe, will be carried by the first rocket to blast off from a new...
  • Meet the young Indians who won at Astronomy Olympiad November 8, 2012

    Mumbai: Indian students have been consistently performing well in the various science Olympiads. CNNIBN met the champions of the Astronomy Olympiad. Mounting a telescope is a child's play for the 18yearolds who made India proud at the Astronomy Olympiad held in Rio De Janeiro in 2012. For 14 years in...
  • See Supermoon of the century this weekend May 5, 2012

    Bangalore: At 1 am on May 6, the full moon will be at 3,56,954 km from the centre of the earth. This will be the closest full moon to earth since January 1912. The moon will appear larger in the sky than at any time. This event is also referred...
  • Venus, Jupiter and moon offer dazzling night show February 25, 2012

    Cape Canaveral: Stargazers of the world are getting a treat this weekend. On Saturday and again on Sunday, Venus, Jupiter and Earth's moon converge for a brilliant night show. Venus and Jupiter already are lining up in the western sky. In midFebruary, the two planets were 20 degrees apart from a...
  • A special weekend treat for all sky watchers February 25, 2012

    The two brightest planets Venus and Jupiter will come very close to each other and be joined by a crescent moon. ...
  • Birla observatory to be launched Thursday November 16, 2011

    HYDERABAD: At first glance, the Celestron CPC 1100 Schmidt at the GP Birla Observatory looks nothing like the long, thin telescopes one has been accustomed to seeing in movies and science textbooks. But thats just the wonder of it.With an 11inch primary mirror aperture and a wide, stout body for...
  • Earth's closest neighbouring star discovered August 30, 2011

    Washington: Planetary scientists claim to have uncovered a new stellar neighbour with the discovery of the closest young star to Earth. An international team has carried out a research and shown that the star, named AP Columbae, is the closest socalled "pre mainsequence" star, 'The Astronomical Journal' reported in its...
  • Astronomers discover planet made of diamond August 26, 2011

    London: Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard. The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must...
  • Flipping Jupiters! Why planets spin backward May 12, 2011

    Washington: Some planets are just flipping backward. Of the more than 500 planets detected around stars besides our Sun, the vast majority appear to spin the same way the star does, scientists reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature. But some of these extrasolar planets spin in the opposite direction of the...
  • Black hole wiped out all alien life? March 24, 2011

    London: A phenomenon known as a white dwarf hypernova could have sucked alien life into a black hole. Scientists have been long baffled how despite years of searching there has been no evidence of life beyond our planet. But now some astronomers believe the answer may lie in the destructive force of...
  • Earth to get a second Sun as early this year January 22, 2011

    London: The Earth could soon have a second Sun when one of the brightest stars in the night sky explodes into a supernova. The cosmic phenomenon, which may happen as soon as this year and remain for at least a week or two, is expected to be the most stunning light...
  • Astronomers find diamondstudded planet December 9, 2010

    Washington: Astronomers led by Indian American Nikku Madhusudhan have discovered a giant planet with an atmosphere and core dominated by carbon, raising the prospect that diamondstudded stars may exist. Madhusudan, a Banaras Hindu University (BHU) alumnus now at Princeton University, New Jersey, and his colleagues have observed that an extremely hot...
  • 'Newly found superEarth could be a waterworld' December 2, 2010

    London: A 'superEarth' discovered recently some 40 light years away could be covered with either water vapour or a thick haze, scientists have said. The planet, which is 2.6 times bigger than Earth, has given scientists their first chance to analyse the atmosphere of a world outside the solar system. A...
  • Indians bag 2 golds, 1 silver in astronomy olympics October 25, 2010

    Mumbai: Indian students bagged two golds and one silver medal at the 15th International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) held in Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine. A threemember Indian team (junior category) had participated in the Olympiad which concluded on Sunday. While Sharad Mirani (Ahmedabad) and R Sasibhushan Bharadwaj (Hyderabad) bagged gold medals, Pritish...
  • Sunita Williams plans for another space trip July 10, 2010

    Washington: Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams, who holds the record of the longest spaceflight (195 days) for female space travellers, will head for the stars once again in June 2012. Williams, 44, would take over as station commander at the International Space Station that was her home in the sky...
  • Students to spot a new asteroid, name it! May 19, 2010

    New Delhi: How about naming a new asteroid in the sky? In the next three months, many students across India will search for new asteroids and name them as part of a unique astronomy project connected to US space agency NASA. The data collected by the students will contribute to NASA's...
  • NASA launches probe to study sun February 12, 2010

    Washington: NASA has launched a probe to study the sun and its dynamic behaviour "in greater detail than ever before". A rocket 'Atlas V' carrying the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was on Thursday launched from Florida's Atlantic Coast. The SDO is the firstofitskind spacecraft designed to study the sun, the agency said. It...
  • Found: Firm place to stand outside solar system September 17, 2009

    Washington: Astronomers have finally found a place outside our solar system where there's a firm place to stand if only it weren't so broiling hot. As scientists search the skies for life elsewhere, they have found more than 300 planets outside our solar system. But they all have been...
  • India marvels, fears but enjoys eclipse of the century July 23, 2009

    New Delhi: It was four minutes of magic on display in the skies on Wednesday July 22, 2009. . The solar eclipse left millions spellbound. It was an opportunity one wouldn't get for another hundred years. But for science lovers across the world, this was an opportunity to take a...
  • Watch: CNNIBN takes special flight to view eclipse July 22, 2009

    75 people got to watch the celestial marvel unfold before their eyes. ...
  • Sun blocked: India rises early for solar eclipse July 22, 2009

    New Delhi/Taregna/Surat: The wait to witness a onceinalifetime celestial phenomenon ends at dawn on Wednesday when an eclipsed sun rises over the horizon. Tens of thousands of people all over India are getting ready to wake up to a shaded sunrise and gather at rooftops, planetariums and parks to watch...
  • NASA images show Jupiter hit by earthsized object July 22, 2009

    Pasadena: Astronomers say Jupiter has apparently been struck by an object, possibly a comet. Images taken by NASA early on Monday show a scar in the atmosphere near the south pole of the gas giant. The images, taken by the space agency's infrared telescope in Hawaii, come on the 15th anniversary of...
  • Rogue black holes may trespass on our Milky Way April 30, 2009

    New York: Hundreds of gigantic black holes, leftovers from the galaxybuilding days of the early universe, may wander into the Milky Way. These black holes may threaten to swallow anything that gets too close, according to the latest study. But the good news is that our planet is safe. The closest...
  • Rare Astronomy honour for Indian American scientist February 5, 2009

    New York: In a rare honour, IndianAmerican physicist Mani Bhaumik has been chosen as the sole patron for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are observing 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy to celebrate...
  • Join the Amateur Astronomers club and romance the stars May 27, 2008

    New Delhi: India has a new developing craze for amateur astronomy. People like Ajay Talwar are stargazing and it has taken only little effort to set up the instruments to watch the stars. Somebody built a telescope in my locality. I wanted to build a bigger one. I found a lens,...