Astronomy

  • Opposition of Mars: Tonight Mars, Earth and sun will be arranged in a nearly-straight line 08-04-2014 07:20 AM

    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 29-09-2013 05:58 PM

    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...
  • Treat for sky gazers: Partial lunar eclipse on Thursday 24-04-2013 05:57 PM

    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 super-giant star in constellation Virgo 12-04-2013 09:40 PM

    Washington: An Indian scientist and his Taiwanese colleague have discovered a blue super-giant 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...
  • Meet the young Indians who won at Astronomy Olympiad 08-11-2012 10:55 AM

    Mumbai: Indian students have been consistently performing well in the various science Olympiads. CNN-IBN met the champions of the Astronomy Olympiad. Mounting a telescope is a child's play for the 18-year-olds who made India proud at the Astronomy Olympiad held in Rio De Janeiro in 2012. For 14 years in...
  • In pics: Supermoon of the century 06-05-2012 04:37 AM

    A full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, south east of Athens, Greece.A full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, south east of Athens, Greece.The full moon rises behind statues of angels fixed at the St. Isaak's Cathedral in St Petersburg, Russia.
  • Earth's closest neighbouring star discovered 30-08-2011 03:10 PM

    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 so-called "pre main-sequence" star, 'The Astronomical Journal' reported in its...
  • Astronomers discover planet made of diamond 26-08-2011 12:43 PM

    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 12-05-2011 02:39 PM

    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...
  • Black hole wiped out all alien life? 24-03-2011 04:35 PM

    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...
  • Earth to get a second Sun as early this year 22-01-2011 05:40 PM

    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...
  • Astronomers find diamond-studded planet 09-12-2010 02:36 PM

    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 diamond-studded stars may exist. Madhusudan, a Banaras Hindu University (BHU) alumnus now at Princeton University, New Jersey, and his colleagues have observed that an extremely...
  • 'Newly found super-Earth could be a waterworld' 02-12-2010 05:30 PM

    London: A 'super-Earth' 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....
  • Indians bag 2 golds, 1 silver in astronomy olympics 25-10-2010 09:36 AM

    Mumbai: Indian students bagged two golds and one silver medal at the 15th International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) held in Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine. A three-member 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...
  • NASA launches probe to study sun 12-02-2010 04:08 PM

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  • India marvels, fears but enjoys eclipse of the century 23-07-2009 03:42 AM

    Hundreds woke up to a dark sunrise, longest solar eclipse of the century. ...
  • Watch: CNN-IBN takes special flight to view eclipse 22-07-2009 09:33 AM

    75 people got to watch the celestial marvel unfold before their eyes. ...
  • Join the Amateur Astronomers club and romance the stars 27-05-2008 08:48 AM

    Chennai: Their move to bench Morne Morkel raised quite a few eyebrows but Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag on Friday said that it was the injury to Irfan Pathan that forced them to change the team combination ahead of IPL 5's second qualifier against Chennai Super Kings. Yes, we missed...
  • Space organises online astronomy quiz 29-04-2008 02:44 PM

    London: Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal, who tormented the England team in the recent Test series, is happy passing on the secrets of the doosra to Worcestershire team-mate Moeen Ali. Ajmal started coaching Ali last summer during a short stint as Worcestershire's overseas player. "Moeen had been playing with it (the...
  • Star gazing in Mumbai from the comfort of a home 28-01-2008 01:56 PM

    St. Kitts: Pakistan's bowlers shifted the balance of the second Test against West Indies on Saturday, first with bat and then with ball on a gripping day two at Warner Park. The visitors resumed on 180-6 but slumped to 194-9 early in the day before fast bowler Tanvir Ahmed's robust...
  • Atlantis return not safe, delayed 12-06-2007 05:07 PM

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  • B'lore's got its eyes on the stars 22-04-2007 08:55 PM

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