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Pluto's unique interaction with solar wind revealed

Thursday, 05 May 2016 11:23
Washington: Pluto behaves less like a comet than expected and somewhat more like a planet like Mars or Venus in the way it interacts with the solar wind -- a continuous stream of charged particles from the Sun, a first…

'Planet Nine' may not exist at all: Scientists

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 17:14
New York: Questioning the existence of “Planet Nine” that was discovered earlier this year, new research by astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has found that most of the scenarios indicating its presence actually have low probabilities.In January,…

Hubble spots rare hidden galaxy in night sky

Monday, 02 May 2016 11:21
Washington: The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a hidden galaxy located just over 110 million light-years away in the constellation of Pisces (The Fish).UGC 477 is a low surface brightness (LSB) galaxy. First proposed in 1976 by Mike Disney, the…

Revealed: How the moon got its tattoos

Saturday, 30 April 2016 11:10
Washington: New NASA research has given new clues to how the moon got its mysterious "tattoos" -- swirling patterns of light and dark found at over a hundred locations across the lunar surface."These patterns, called 'lunar swirls,' appear almost painted…

Loss of ocean oxygen to become widespread by 2030s

Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:46
New York: There is bad news for marine life as a new study has found that loss of oxygen in oceans due to climate change which is already discernible in some parts of the world should be evident across large…

CO2 fertilisation greening Earth: Study

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:37
New York: A quarter to half of Earth's vegetated land has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), says a study.Green leaves use energy from sunlight through photosynthesis to…

Scientists to explore Saturn's icy moon for alien life

Monday, 25 April 2016 11:46
Washington: In one of its most ambitious projects in deep space, a team of NASA researchers are proposing to send robots at the centre of icy moons to explore the subsurface ocean for presence of life.The two possible candidates are:…

On 26th birthday, Hubble spots star 'inflating' giant bubble

Friday, 22 April 2016 11:40
Washington: Celebrating its 26th year in the low-Earth orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured in stunning clarity what looks like a gigantic cosmic soap bubble being blown into space by a super-hot, massive star.The object, known as the Bubble…

NASA's Saturn probe detects interstellar dust for first time

Friday, 15 April 2016 11:47
Washington: In a first, NASA's Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn has detected and analysed the faint but distinct signature of interstellar dust coming from beyond our solar system.The tiny dust grains were speeding through the Saturn system at over 72,000 km…

How host stars stripped hot super-Earths

Monday, 11 April 2016 17:05
London: Using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, astrophysicists from the University of Birmingham have discovered extra-solar planets whose atmospheres have been stripped away by their host stars.According to them, planets with gaseous atmospheres that lie very close to their…