Solar System

  • Scientists closer to understanding birth of the Sun August 10, 2014

    Melbourne: Researchers have investigated the solar system's prehistoric phase to better understand the events that led to the birth of the Sun. The team led by Dr Maria Lugaro and Professor Alexander Heger, from Monash University, used radioactivity to date the last time that heavy elements such as gold, silver, platinum,...
  • NASA spots most Earth-like planet yet April 18, 2014

    Los Angeles: Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced on Thursday, excited...
  • Did comet ISON survive? Scientists see tiny hope November 30, 2013

    A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after grazing the sun. Now, there is a sliver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived. New images being analyzed Friday showed a streak of light moving away from the sun...
  • Countdown begins for India's Mars Orbiter Mission November 3, 2013

    Chennai: The countdown 56 and-a-half hour for the launch of ISRO's ambitious Mars Mission started on schedule at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 6:08 AM on Sunday. "The 56 hours and 30 minutes countdown started as per schedule at 06.08 AM. It is proceeding smoothly," a spokesman of...
  • Mission Mars: Why 8,000 Indians want to live on the red planet November 2, 2013

    Bangalore: Even before ISRO sends up its Mars craft - a mission that won't even carry any astronauts - more than 8,000 Indians have lined up for a one-way ticket to Mars ten years from now. Labelled MarsOne, it's a mission planned to by a non-profit organisation, spearheaded by a...
  • NASA's Voyager first spacecraft to exit solar system September 13, 2013

    Washington: Thirty-six years after being launched and having travelled about 19 billion kilometres from the sun, America's spacecraft Voyager 1 has become the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space, according to NASA. At a news conference on Thursday, NASA said new and unexpected data indicate Voyager 1 has been...
  • Astronomers plan nationwide campaign to track ISON comet August 20, 2013

    Amateur astronomers and scientists plan to launch a nationwide campaign to track the comet ISON, which will appear in the inner solar system for over a month from November 28. "Though the comet has entered the solar system in July and is visible through telescope presently, it can been viewed through...
  • NASA discovers third-closest star system to the Sun March 12, 2013

    Washington: In a first-of-its-kind discovery in nearly a century, NASA scientists have found the third-closest star system to the Sun, located only 6.5 light-years away. The pair of newly found stars is the closest star system discovered since 1916. Both stars in the new binary system discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared...
  • Total solar eclipse darkens north Australia November 14, 2012

    Sydney: From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to hot air balloons hovering over the rainforest, and the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon and Earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness during a total...
  • Venus set to take centrestage in rare sky show June 1, 2012

    Los Angeles: It's a spectacle that won't repeat for another century - the sight of Venus slowly inching across the face of the sun. So unless scientists discover the fountain of youth, none of us alive today will likely ever witness this celestial phenomenon again, dubbed a "transit of Venus." It's...
  • Earth-like planet Kepler-22b may hold life December 6, 2011

    California: The most Earth-like planet ever discovered is circling a star 600 light years away, a key finding in an ongoing quest to learn if life exists beyond Earth, scientists said on Monday. The planet, called Kepler-22b, joins a list of more than 500 planets found to orbit stars beyond our...
  • Indian students track down asteroids September 2, 2011

    New Delhi: A bunch of Indian students have left their mark on the Solar System as they have tracked down some extremely rare asteroids. The kids might look like average teenagers. But the truth is, they're special agents on a mission to Space. The students of Bal Bharti School were among...
  • Celestial delight: A rare planetary alignment May 18, 2011

    New Delhi: Star gazers have another grand celestial event to celebrate. The finest planetary conjunction of the year will happen on May 11 when Venus passes very close to the south of Jupiter. The two brightest planets on the sky will not get this close anytime before August 2014. Beginning...
  • 1/3rd of Russians think sun spins round Earth February 12, 2011

    Moscow: Does the sun revolve around the Earth? One in every three Russians thinks so, a spokeswoman for state pollster VsTIOM said on Friday. In a survey released this week, 32 percent of Russians believed the Earth was the center of the Solar system; 55 percent that all radioactivity is man-made;...
  • NASA discovers more planets outside solar system February 4, 2011

    New Delhi: NASA has found out more planets are two thousand light years away. We won't get there in our lifetimes. They're much larger than Earth, but need just a few days or months to complete an orbit. Which means they're closer to their star than Mercury is to our...
  • Nasa discovers 50 new habitable planets February 3, 2011

    Washington: An orbiting NASA telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life, spotting more than 50 potential planets that appear to be in the habitable zone. In just a year of peering out at a small slice of the galaxy, the Kepler telescope has...
  • Black hole that can eat up solar system found January 17, 2011

    London: Astronomers have discovered what they say is the biggest ever black hole which weighs the same as 6.8 billion suns and could swallow our entire solar system. According to the scientists, the black hole, identified as M87, is as large as the orbit of Neptune...
  • Spanish woman claims ownership of the Sun December 2, 2010

    London: A woman in Spain claimed that she is the owner of the sun after she got it registered as her property. She now plans to charge people who benefit from the sun's energy, it was reported. Fortynine-year-old Angeles Duran, a resident of Vigo in Spain's northwestern region of Galicia, applied...
  • Gliese 518; a look-alike of Earth October 1, 2010

    Astronomers have claimed to have found a planet beyond our solar system that could sustain life. ...
  • 'Ring of fire' solar eclipse millennium's longest January 15, 2010

    Singapore: The longest, ring-like solar eclipse of the millennium started on Friday, with astronomers saying the Maldives was the best place to view the phenomenon that will not happen again for over 1,000 years. US space agency NASA said on its website the eclipse was annular, meaning the moon...
  • 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...
  • Scientists discover a new solar system in Milky Way February 15, 2008

    Washington: A team of international scientists has discovered a solar system nearly 5,000 light years away in our galaxy, that has scaled-down versions of Jupiter and Saturn. Scientists found this solar system using the techniques of gravitational microlensing, supercomputer modeling and adaptive optics at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The...
  • Watch celestial treat for next 10-days June 17, 2007

    New Delhi: Starting Saturday people can watch a celestial wonder in the sky with as many as eight planets making appearance in a single month on different days and times across the night sky. It’s going to be a rare opportunity as for the next ten days the five planets could...
  • New ways to learn planet names! August 25, 2006

    Washington: "My Very Excellent Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas." That and variations on it are the way millions of people learned to remember the names of the planets in the solar system — Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. The problem is that an international convention...