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NASA's Juno mission enters Jupiter's magnetic field

Friday, 01 July 2016 11:36
Washington: NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft has entered the planet's magnetosphere, where the movement of particles in space is controlled by what's going on inside Jupiter.Juno is on course to swing into orbit around Jupiter on July 4."We've just crossed the…

Hubble captures fireworks in 'skyrocket' galaxy

Thursday, 30 June 2016 11:12
Washington: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured a spectacular fireworks display in a small, nearby galaxy, which resembles a skyrocket.A team of astronomers found that a firestorm of star birth is lighting up one end of the diminutive galaxy Kiso…

Rare meteorite responsible for Mercury's origin: Geologists

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 16:53
New York: Based on an analysis of cooling rate and the composition of lava deposits on Mercury's surface, a team of geologists has found that the planet likely has the composition of an enstatite chondrite -- a type of meteorite…

NASA discovers unexpected mineral on Mars

Friday, 24 June 2016 12:47
New York: Scientists at the US space agency NASA have discovered tridymite -- an unexpected silica mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars that may alter our understanding of how the Red Planet evolved.NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory…

'Electric wind' blamed for lack of water on Venus

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:09
New York: A strong "electric wind" may have played a significant role in stripping Venus, Earth's twin planet, of its oceans, says a new study by NASA and University College London researchers.Venus has an "electric wind" strong enough to remove…

First evidence of oxygen in early universe discovered

Monday, 20 June 2016 14:04
Tokyo: In a first, an international team of astronomers has found firm evidence of the presence of oxygen in the early universe -- only 700 million years after the Big Bang.Using the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile,…

Asteroid that killed dinosaurs almost wiped out mammal species

Monday, 20 June 2016 12:40
London: The same asteroid that killed the dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago also wiped out over 90 per cent of mammal species, significantly more than previously thought, new research has found.Following the asteroid hit, most of…

Astronomers find higher incidence of 'hot Jupiters' in star clusters

Saturday, 18 June 2016 10:36
Berlin: A team of astronomers using data from the La Silla observatory in Chile found that planets known as "hot Jupiters" are more common in a star cluster in the constellation of Cancer than around stars outside clusters.Hot Jupiters are…

Tiny asteroid becomes Earth's constant companion

Friday, 17 June 2016 11:50
Washington: Our Earth has got a small companion. NASA scientists have discovered a tiny asteroid in an orbit around the Sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth and will remain so for centuries to come.As it orbits…

Gravitational waves, merging black holes detected for second time

Thursday, 16 June 2016 12:21
Washington: For the second time in history, an international team of scientists and engineers have detected gravitational waves -- ripples in the fabric of space-time -- and a pair of colliding black holes.Using the twin, US-based Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave…