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Hubble discovers new, all-water planet


February 22nd, 2012 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) A class of planet that is a water world and enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere has been discovered.Astronomers spotted the planet through the Hubble space ... Read more...

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Scientists discover first Earth-Size planets outside the Milky Way


December 21st, 2011 - 11:44 pm ICT by BNO News
MOFFET FIELD, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) -- U.S. scientists have spotted the first Earth-size planets which are orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system, NASA announced on Tuesday. The planets are unlikely ... Read more...

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Earth-sized planets found beyond solar system


December 21st, 2011 - 2:32 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 21 (IANS) NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-sized planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system, the US space agency has announced.The planets, called Kepler-20e ... Read more...

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Astronomers discover darkest known planet


August 13th, 2011 - 12:28 am ICT by BNO News
CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS (BNO NEWS) -- Astronomers have discovered the darkest known exoplanet, according to a report released by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) on Friday.The CfA report said that a distant, ... Read more...

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Densest solid planet known ’super-exotic super-Earth’ unveiled


April 29th, 2011 - 3:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 29 (ANI): An international team of astronomers have revealed details of a "super-exotic" exoplanet, which is the densest solid planet known.The planet, named 55 Cancri e, is 60 percent larger ... Read more...

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How merging black holes go on a rampage of star-eating


April 11th, 2011 - 11:22 am ICT by ANI
Washington, April 11 (ANI): A new research indicates that when two galaxies collide, it causes the black holes at their cores to spiral toward each other, merge, then go on a rampage ... Read more...

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Look for signs of mining in asteroid belts to find alien life, say scientists


April 5th, 2011 - 11:34 am ICT by ANI
London, April 5 (ANI): For decades, scientists have been trying to establish contact with extra-terrestrials by sending radio signals deep into space.Now, there's a quicker way to reach them - just search ... Read more...

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Starless planets could be warm enough for human survival: Study


February 21st, 2011 - 2:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 21 (ANI): It seems that starless planets may be able to harbour human life after all.In what has offered new possiblies of life around the galaxy, it has emerged that ... Read more...

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New device to help confirm Kepler’s planetary candidates


February 15th, 2011 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 15 (ANI): The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is part of an international collaboration building a new instrument called HARPS-North, which will complement Kepler by helping to confirm and characterize ... Read more...

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A better way to accurately measure dark energy identified


January 14th, 2011 - 6:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 14 (ANI): Type la supernovae are currently the best way to measure dark energy because they are visible across intergalactic space. Also, they can function as 'standard candles' in distant ... Read more...

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NASA instrument shows never-before-seen Sun’s innermost corona


January 5th, 2011 - 2:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 5 (ANI): An instrument aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), developed by Smithsonian scientists, has provided never before seen views of the innermost corona 24 hours a day, 7 days ... Read more...

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NASA scientists’ breakthrough in determining hyperactivity of black holes


December 21st, 2010 - 5:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 21 (ANI): Scientists have been able to determine how often the biggest black holes have been active over the last few billion years, thanks to a new study from NASA's ... Read more...

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33pc of Sun’s blasts are ’sneak attacks’ that occur without warning


December 8th, 2010 - 1:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 8 (ANI): Astronomers have revealed that one-third of the Sun's blasts are "sneak attacks" that may occur without warning."If space weather forecasters rely on some of the traditional danger signs, ... Read more...

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New ’super-earth’ 40 light years away might have water


December 3rd, 2010 - 8:21 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 3 (IANS) A planet, which is 2.6 times bigger than Earth and orbiting a star 40 light years away, possibly has water in the form of steam, research suggests.The planet ... Read more...

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NASA’s super-Earth characterization could help find life on other planets


December 2nd, 2010 - 5:38 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 2 (ANI): Using a ground-based telescope, a team of astronomers, including two NASA Sagan Fellows, has made the first characterizations of a super-Earth's atmosphere.A super-Earth is a planet up to ... Read more...

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds youngest nearby black hole


November 16th, 2010 - 12:51 am ICT by BNO News
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have found evidence of the youngest black hole known to exist in our cosmic neighborhood, the space agency announced on Monday. ... Read more...

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NASA telescope discovers giant bubbles in Milky Way


November 10th, 2010 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 10 (ANI): The NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way.The feature spans 50,000 light-years and may be the remnant of an ... Read more...

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How a moon can reveal a star’s weight


October 16th, 2010 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 16 (ANI): In several cases, the weight of a star can be measured directly, but if the star has a planet and that planet has a moon, then scientists can ... Read more...

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Massive galaxy cluster weighs as much as 800 trillion Suns


October 14th, 2010 - 4:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 14 (ANI): Using the South Pole Telescope, astronomers have discovered the most massive galaxy cluster yet seen at a distance of 7 billion light-years.The cluster (designated SPT-CL J0546-5345) weighs ... Read more...

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14 large space rocks found beyond Neptune


September 14th, 2010 - 6:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 14 (ANI): A team of astronomers have found a cache of 14 large space rocks beyond the orbit of Neptune while sifting through archival observations from the Hubble Space ... Read more...

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We can detect volcanoes on alien worlds, say scientists


September 8th, 2010 - 1:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 8 (ANI): Scientists at at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have said that it is possible for us to detect volcanoes on alien planets."You would need something truly earthshaking, an ... Read more...

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NASA Finds 2 New Planets In Milky Way


August 27th, 2010 - 7:32 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
August 27, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Astronomers from NASA has announced that they have discovered two earth like planets orbiting the same star. The Kepler Space Telescope showed evidence of ... Read more...

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NASA discovers first planetary system with two planets transiting same star


August 27th, 2010 - 2:33 am ICT by BNO News
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered the first confirmed planetary system with more than one planet crossing in front of, or transiting, the same star.The transit signatures of ... Read more...

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Rare chance to watch Northern Lights, or aurorae on August 3-4


August 3rd, 2010 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 3 (ANI): Sky viewers can get a rare chance to enjoy some spectacular Northern Lights, or aurorae, on August 3 and 4.After a long slumber, the Sun is waking up. ... Read more...

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Hubble discovers hyperfast star hailing from Milky Way’s core


July 23rd, 2010 - 4:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 23 (ANI): NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has come across a hypervelocity star - which is moving three times faster than our sun - hailing from the Milky Way's core. ... Read more...

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Origin of key cosmic explosions still shrouded in mystery


July 13th, 2010 - 5:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 13 (ANI): Type Ia supernova brightens and dims so predictably that astronomers use the variety to measure the universe's expansion. The resulting discovery of dark energy and the accelerating universe ... Read more...

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Astronomers witness birth of a star


June 18th, 2010 - 12:45 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 18 (ANI): Astronomers have witnessed the birth of a star, that could be youngest known to us.Still far from a fully developed star, the object is in the earliest stages ... Read more...

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‘Potentially dangerous’ asteroid spotted passing Earth on April 19


April 30th, 2010 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 30 (ANI): An asteroid on the list of potentially dangerous space passed Earth last week at a distance of 1.5 million miles.The near-Earth asteroid named 2005 YU55 was ... Read more...

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Milky Way’s fastest stars circle each other at 500 kms a second


March 13th, 2010 - 3:45 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 13 (ANI): Astronomers have confirmed that two extremely dense stars in an intimate dance are spinning around each other in just 5.4 minutes at about 500 kilometers a second, ... Read more...

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Astronomers discover star that’s almost as old as the universe itself


March 4th, 2010 - 5:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 4 (ANI): Astronomers have discovered a relic from the early universe - a star that may have been among the second generation of stars to form after the Big Bang. ... Read more...

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Astronomers find evidence of merging galaxies creating binary quasar


February 4th, 2010 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 4 (ANI): Astronomers have found the first clear evidence of a binary quasar within a pair of actively merging galaxies.Quasars are the extremely bright centers of galaxies surrounding super-massive ... Read more...

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Newborn black holes can give an extra boost to exploding stars


January 28th, 2010 - 1:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 28 (ANI): Astronomers studying two exploding stars, or supernovae, have found evidence the blasts received an extra boost from newborn black holes.The supernovae were found to emit jets of ... Read more...

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Avatar’s life-bearing moon Pandora may exist in reality


December 18th, 2009 - 12:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, December 18 (ANI): Scientists have said that the alien life-bearing moon shown in the latest Hollywood flick 'Avatar', could exist in reality and could be detected and studied in the next ... Read more...

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Mysterious ‘Norway spiral UFO’ was a failed Russian missile launch


December 11th, 2009 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 11 (ANI): A mysterious glowing white spiral that appeared in the skies above Norway was the result of a failed test launch of a jinxed new Russian missile, says a ... Read more...

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Dancing helps galaxies lose weight!


July 30th, 2009 - 12:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 30 (ANI): In an interesting new research, astronomers have determined that dwarf spheroidal galaxies, which contain few stars relative to their total mass, are formed by indulging in a cosmic ... Read more...

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