Russia’s manned Moon mission set for 2029 launch

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…

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

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…

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

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…

The ‘hottest pair’ of stars racing to a dramatic ending discovered

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…

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

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…

NASA confirms liquid water flows on Mars

NASA confirms liquid water flows on Mars

The strongest evidence so far, provided by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) confirms that liquid water flows intermittently on Mars, NASA stated in their public announcement on September 28, 2015. NASA's MRO has provided new data, proving the existence o

Massive cloud of comets causing unexplained dip in a distant star’s glow

Massive cloud of comets causing unexplained dip in a distant star’s glow

Kepler space telescope has spotted an unusual dip in a distant star's glow which might be caused by a massive cloud of comets orbiting the star.Kepler telescope has been observing the same patch of sky for four years, searching for stars immersed in a bright glow.