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Einstein's general theory of relativity confirmed: Gravitational waves observed for the first time

Gravitational waves, the ripples in the spacetime fabric, were observed for the first time, the scientists confirmed on February 11, 2016. The waves resulted from a cataclysmic event of two black holes merging in the distant universe. Their existence, first...

February 12, 2016


Isolated hills on Pluto floating in the sea of frozen nitrogen

NASA's New Horizons missions collected images and data indicating the isolated hills on Pluto may be fragments of water ice from the planet's surrounding uplands. The hills are thought to float in a sea of frozen nitrogen and move just like the icebergs in...

February 09, 2016


Jet of particles, three times bigger than Milky Way, blasting from a supermassive black hole in Pictor A

NASA's scientists obtained images of a huge jet of particles blasted from a supermassive black hole at the center of the Pictor A galaxy. The continuous X-ray emission spread across the distance of 300 000 light years which is three times the diameter of Milky...

February 04, 2016


Giant hydrogen cloud boomeranging back to Milky Way

A large cloud of hydrogen gas is on a return collision course to the Milky Way galaxy, running towards it with a speed of almost 1 126 540 km/h (700 000 mph) and is expected to hit it in about 30 million years. The new Hubble Space Telescope observations suggest the...

February 03, 2016


Cassini makes final close flyby images of Saturn's moon Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its 22nd and the final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus on December 19, 2015 at 17:49 UTC and will now continue to observe the moon from a much greater distance. The spacecraft passed Enceladus at a distance of 4 999 km...

December 22, 2015


Rosetta's OSIRIS launches website with most recent imagery of Comet 67P

Rosetta's OSIRIS camera team has launched new website designed to showcase its most recent images taken of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. These images are in high-resolution, taken with narrow- or wide-angle camera, showing the comet at very small distances....

December 12, 2015


A funky star shows long-lasting cloud storms possible

A raging storm, similar to the Jupiter's Great Red Spot, discovered by NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes has been pictured in a vivid artist's animation video. The star named W1906+40, located approximately 53 light years away in the Lyra...

December 11, 2015


Two new studies offer new clues to Ceres' bright spots and origins

Two new studies reveal some of Ceres' well-kept secrets, including highly anticipated insights about mysterious bright features found all over the dwarf planet's surface. In one study, scientists identify this bright material as a kind of salt, while the...

December 09, 2015

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The closest images ever of a distant Kuiper Belt object - 1994 JR1

There is a region of space filled with comets beyond the gas giant Neptune known as the Kuiper Belt. This expanse holds trillions of objects - remnants of the early Solar System - and NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently took the closest images of one of...

December 08, 2015


Earth surrounded by dense, hairy filaments of dark matter

A new research, conducted by scientists of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, suggests that Earth is surrounded by long, 'hairy' filaments of dark matter. Theoretically, the hairy filaments, if detected could be used to map out the...

November 24, 2015


Indian astronomers detect a gigantic radio galaxy, one of the largest discovered so far

Astronomers from Pune, India have discovered a massive radio galaxy using the Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT). Such large radio galaxies have been rarely located so far. The galaxy is located approximately 9 billion light years away from Earth in the...

November 10, 2015


Russia's manned Moon mission set for 2029 launch

Over 45 years after losing the space race to the United States, Russia has finally announced its own manned Moon mission which is set to be launched in 2029. The mission will be preceded by multiple unmanned missions which will include orbiters and landers and will...

October 30, 2015


Evidence of continuous supply of newly formed stars into the central Milky Way region

A previously unknown part of the Milky Way galaxy has been uncovered by using the VISTA telescope of European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Paranal Observatory. The newly discovered component contains a disk of young stars lurking behind a thick cloud of dust in...

October 29, 2015


ESA's JUICE set to explore Jupiter's mysterious moons

​Astronomers have always been fascinated by the gas giant Jupiter. A planet over 1000 times the size of Earth with 63 natural moons, 4 of whom are nearly as big as planets themselves, Jupiter and its moons are considered to be a mini solar system and are popularly...

October 27, 2015


A treat for astronomers: Largest collage map of Milky Way now online

A team of astronomers from Germany have compiled the largest astronomical image of the Milky Way galaxy so far, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) announced on October 21, 2015. ​Small region of Milky Way showing the Eta Carinae star. Image credit: Lehrstuhl...

October 22, 2015


The 'hottest pair' of stars racing to a dramatic ending discovered

The hottest and most massive system of double stars that play a crucial role in the evolution of galaxies has been discovered, European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced on October 21, 2015. This very rare and strange occurrence has been observed by ESO's...

October 22, 2015


14 new IBEX data based research papers on Solar System's boundary

Data obtained by NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), a mission providing the most definitive analyses, theories and results about local interstellar space to date, was presented in fourteen new research papers published on October 20, 2015, in a...

October 22, 2015