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Largest 3D map of universe unveiled


August 9th, 2012 - 3:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 9 (IANS) Astronomers have unveiled the largest ever 3D map of the sky, encompassing massive galaxies and distant black holes, based on Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III).The ... Read more...

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Scientists capture star’s ’screams’


August 9th, 2012 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 8 (IANS) The "screams" of a dying star have been recorded by scientists for the very first time, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.The star let out periodic bursts ... Read more...

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Solar system like ours discovered


July 26th, 2012 - 10:06 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 26 (IANS) A solar system arranged just like our own has been discovered a thousand light years from the Earth, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.The planets, captured by ... Read more...

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Exoplanet neighbour smaller than Earth discovered


July 19th, 2012 - 5:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 19 (IANS) US astrophysicists have detected what could be the first exoplanet, only two-thirds the size of Earth but without an atmosphere, located right around the corner, cosmically ... Read more...

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Astronomers baffled by vanishing act in space


July 6th, 2012 - 4:58 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 6 (IANS) Astronomers have been baffled by an extraordinary amount of dust around a nearby star disappearing mysteriously."It's as if the rings around Saturn had disappeared. This is ... Read more...

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Astronomers spot the faintest ever galaxy


June 3rd, 2012 - 1:50 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 3 (IANS) Astronomers have now spotted the faintest ever galaxy, among the top 10 most distant objects currently known in space.The observational data reveal a faint infant galaxy, ... Read more...

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Astronomer finds planetary system larger than our own


April 13th, 2012 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 13 (IANS) An astronomer has found evidence that points to a planetary system larger than our own solar system, around the star named HD 10180.Originally reported in 2010 ... Read more...

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New asteroid could hit earth in 2040


February 29th, 2012 - 4:27 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 29 (IANS) A new asteroid, identified by NASA, could potentially hit the earth Feb 5, 2040, even though it is much smaller than the one -- nine miles ... Read more...

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Traces of rare earth element detected in stars


February 22nd, 2012 - 5:47 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) Scientists have detected traces of a rare earth element, tellurium, in three ancient stars located a few thousand light years away, a study reveals.Traces of ... Read more...

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New planet 22 light years away may host water


February 3rd, 2012 - 12:50 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 3 (IANS) A new planet discovered some 22 light years from the earth is the most likely to hold water and possibly host life.It receives about 90 percent ... Read more...

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Habitable planet found


February 3rd, 2012 - 1:08 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 2 (IANS) A potentially habitable planet orbiting a nearby star has been discovered by scientists.With an orbital period of about 28 days and a minimum mass 4.5 times ... 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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No danger of earth exploding


December 18th, 2011 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) Scientists have nailed an alarming prediction about the cataclysmic destruction of earth in 2012. An erroneous doomsday theory doing the rounds is that a supernova explosion, ... Read more...

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Earth-like planet found


December 6th, 2011 - 1:40 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 6 (IANS) American astronomers have confirmed the existence of an earth-like planet, dubbed Kepler 22-b, in the "habitable zone" around a star similar to the sun.The planet lies ... Read more...

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Hyderabad’s Birla observatory to open for public


November 15th, 2011 - 8:01 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, Nov 15 (IANS) The G.P. Birla Observatory and Astronomical Research Centre, described as India's best amateur observatory, is all set to open for public from Thursday.The observatory at Birla ... Read more...

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Shakira wraps up world tour in Puerto Rico


October 16th, 2011 - 1:02 pm ICT by IANS
San Juan, Oct 16 (IANS/EFE) Colombian pop star Shakira has given the first of two concerts in Puerto Rico that will end her globetrotting world tour "Sale el Sol" ... Read more...

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Gravitational waves emanate as ’sounds of universe’


October 4th, 2011 - 5:21 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 4 (IANS) Scientists are still looking for gravitational waves -- small ripples in the fabric of space-time which are considered to be the sounds of the universe.Just as ... Read more...

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Star attacks planet with radiation


September 14th, 2011 - 4:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 14 (IANS) A nearby star is bombarding its companion planet with a barrage of X-rays, hundred thousand times more intense than the earth receives from the Sun, a ... Read more...

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50 new planets found


September 13th, 2011 - 8:59 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 13 (IANS) Astronomers have discovered at least 50 new planets beyond the solar system, including 16 that are of a size similar to Earth, a media report said.The ... Read more...

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Massive supernova visible from Earth


September 9th, 2011 - 12:53 am ICT by IANS
London, Sep 8 (IANS) A supernova millions of light years away from the Earth has become visible with a pair of binoculars.Star-gazers will be watching the most visible exploding star ... Read more...

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Galaxies can also be awake or asleep


June 22nd, 2011 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 22 (IANS) Astronomers probing the distant universe have stumbled upon galaxies that are either awake or asleep, actively forming stars or not forming any new stars at all. ... Read more...

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Astronomers discover earliest ever black holes


June 16th, 2011 - 5:09 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) Scientists from prestigious Yale University of the US have discovered the earliest black holes ever detected, a statement from the university said Thursday.The scientists ... Read more...

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Astronomers unveil ’super-exotic’ exoplanet


April 29th, 2011 - 3:42 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 29 (IANS) Astronomers have unveiled details of a "super-exotic" exoplanet - described as the densest known solid planet in existence.An exoplanet is a planet outside the solar system.The ... Read more...

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Star formation linked to sonic booms


April 14th, 2011 - 11:21 am ICT by ANI
Washington, April 14 (ANI): An intricate network of tangled gaseous filaments, revealed by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, has provided new evidence on how stars form from the diffuse interstellar medium.Each filament ... Read more...

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NASA finds 1,235 planets that could have extra-terrestrial lifeforms


March 30th, 2011 - 5:41 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 30 (ANI): Astronomers at NASA have spent the last two years scouring the Milky Way for Earth-like planets in their quest for foreign life forms.And they have found 1,235 planets ... Read more...

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Supernova 2008am is brightest ’self-interacting’ supernova yet discovered


March 29th, 2011 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 29 (ANI): Texas astronomers have discovered one of the most intrinsically bright exploding stars ever observed - Supernova 2008am.The research by graduate student Emmanouil 'Manos' Chatzopoulos and J. Craig ... Read more...

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Cosmic census estimates 50 billion planets in our galaxy


February 21st, 2011 - 11:29 am ICT by IANS
London, Feb 21 (IANS) A cosmic census conducted for the first time has revealed that there are at least 50 billion planets in our Milky Way galaxy.And some 500 million of those ... Read more...

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In a galaxy far away, Indian-origin scientist finds her calling


February 14th, 2011 - 2:07 pm ICT by IANS
By Mayank Chhaya Chicago, Feb 14 (IANS) US-based Indian origin astrophysicist Sukanya Charkrabarti has found her calling 260,000 light years away in a galaxy that can barely, if at all, be seen. Galaxy ... Read more...

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Scientists discover hottest ever planet


January 28th, 2011 - 3:53 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 28 (IANS) An exoplanet has been found to be the hottest planet discovered so far with a record-breaking temperature of 3,200 degrees Celsius.The planet WASP-33b, is also known as HD15082. ... Read more...

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Earth ‘to get a second sun’


January 23rd, 2011 - 5:29 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 23 (IANS) The Earth could soon have a second sun, at least for a week or two.The cosmic phenomenon will happen when one of the brightest stars in the night ... Read more...

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“Betelgeuse - second sun for Earth” story untrue


January 22nd, 2011 - 2:48 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Jan 22 (ANI): Experts have said that Betelgeuse, the giant red star in the constellation of Orion, will not explode next year. Earlier, FoxNews.com had said that the star had already become ... Read more...

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Earth may witness second sun if Betelgeuse star in Orion nebula explodes


January 19th, 2011 - 6:47 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Jan 19 (ANI): The Earth could have a second sun lighting up the sky, if only for a matter of weeks, should the infamous red super-giant star Betelgeuse in Orion's nebula ... Read more...

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Dying star coughs out dust cloud`


January 17th, 2011 - 4:56 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 17 (IANS) Astronomers on the look out for black holes have stumbled on a star that was fading with a whimper rather than a bang. Astronomers first spotted the supernova ... Read more...

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Chandra images show result of star formation on overdrive


January 14th, 2011 - 1:45 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 14 (ANI): A new image captured by Chandra X-ray Observatory shows the result of star formation on overdrive.M82 is a so-called starburst galaxy, where stars are forming at rates ... Read more...

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Kepler 10b planet discovered


January 12th, 2011 - 10:14 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Seattle, Jan 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The NASA spacecraft, Kepler has discovered the smallest exoplanet so far.The new planet called Kepler 10b is about 1.4 times the diameter of earth. The discovery of ... Read more...

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