SPACE

New object in solar system discovered

New object in solar system discovered

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a miniature planet that is the most distant body ever found in the solar system, scientists said on Wednesday. “We can’t really classify the object yet, as we don’t know its orbit,” said Scott Sheppard, an astronomer with the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. “We only […]

Asteroid showers caused mass extinctions on Earth

Asteroid showers caused mass extinctions on Earth

Mass extinctions which occurred over the past 260 million years were likely caused by comet and asteroid showers, scientists report. For over 30 years, scientists have argued about a controversial hypothesis relating to periodic mass extinctions and impact craters — caused by comet and asteroid showers — on Earth. In a new paper, New York […]

NASA unveils Pluto mosaics created from thousands of public images

NASA unveils Pluto mosaics created from thousands of public images

The US space agency NASA has unveiled stunning mosaics of Pluto and its largest moon Charon created from thousands of images sent in from people across the world. The mosaics represent the global response to its popular “#PlutoTime” social media campaign. The Pluto Time concept and widget was developed by the New Horizons science team […]

Giant asteroid 2015 TB145 to whizz past Earth on October 31

Giant asteroid 2015 TB145 to whizz past Earth on October 31

A potentially hazardous giant asteroid with an ‘extremely eccentric’ orbit is set to fly past the Earth on October 31 at over 125,529 kilometres per hour, according to NASA. The asteroid, known as 2015 TB145, will pass our planet by only 499,000 kilometres – the closest pass since July 2006. The asteroid was spotted on […]

Watch: Amazing views of Earth from one million miles away

Watch: Amazing views of Earth from one million miles away

NASA has launched a new website where you can see images of the full, sunlit side of the Earth as it rotates every day. Once a day, the US space agency will post at least a dozen new colour images of Earth acquired from 12 to 36 hours earlier by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera […]

NASA project to bring Mars rocks to Earth possible by 2022

NASA project to bring Mars rocks to Earth possible by 2022

An ambitious project that aims to bring rock samples from Mars — collected by NASA’s 2020 Mars rover – to Earth to find out traces of ancient life on the Red Planet can be launched as early as 2022, Space.com reported, citing NASA officials. Called the “Red Dragon” project, the mission will use the Dragon […]

3.2-billion-years old galaxy detected

3.2-billion-years old galaxy detected

A team of researchers from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has detected a 13.2-billion-years old galaxy which may be the most distant galaxy ever found. The universe itself is about 13.8 billion years old. “The galaxy we have observed is named EGS8p7, is unusually luminous and may be powered by a population of unusually hot […]

Floating spoon spotted on Mars?

Floating spoon spotted on Mars?

After a woman was spotted in images of the Red planet beamed back to Earth from NASA’s Curiosity Rover, questions that have been doing the rounds is that of floating spoon on the Martian surface. But have you ever heard of a floating spoon, and that too on Mars? According to The Washington Post reports, […]

Alien life in Pluto?

Alien life in Pluto?

Pluto may contain a subsurface ocean warm enough to host life, according to English physicist Brian Cox who also said that humans could be the only complex life in our galaxy. Cox believes the tell-tale ooze of glaciers on Pluto’s surface hints at the possibility of a subterranean sea warm enough to host organic chemistry. […]

NASA completes series of engine tests for next big rocket

NASA completes series of engine tests for next big rocket

The US space agency NASA has on Thursday succesfully completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 rocket engine that will power the upcoming Space Launch System (SLS). According to NASA, the test series wrapped up with a seventh hot fire test of the RS-25 engine, in which the engine burned for 535 seconds. […]

Dawn spacecraft sends remarkable images of dwarf planet Ceres

Dawn spacecraft sends remarkable images of dwarf planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has delivered the closest-yet views of the dwarf planet Ceres. The US space agency on Tuesday released a set of new images that provide us the closest look yet at what’s happening on the surface of the dwarf planet. The latest pictures provided by Dawn show the small world’s features in unprecedented […]