‘Warm Neptune’, an exoplanet comparable in size to our Neptune, has a cloudless sky, and a primitive atmosphere, one consisting of only hydrogen and helium. The new findings are published in the journal Science. ‘Warm Neptune’ is an exoplanet, that is, a planet found outside of our solar system, situated 430 light years away from
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft grand finale has started! It made its final close approach to Saturn’s moon Titan on April 22 at an altitude of around 979 kilometers, and is now making its last set of 22 orbits around the planet, at the conclusion of which it will crash into Saturn’s atmosphere. For the final (127th)
Ceres contains water ice, a feature apparently revealed by massive landslides similar to those that occur on Earth, suggests a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Landslides are not unique to Earth: they also occur on other heavenly bodies, and that includes dwarf planet Ceres. New findings documenting the feature add to the
An asteroid named 2014 JO25 will be flying past Earth on Wednesday, April 19, from a distance of around 1.8 million kilometres. Asteroid 2014 JO25 was discovered in May 2014, and will soon fly by our planet. Now, the question you must all be asking yourselves, will it hit us? NASA scientists explain that it
Life might be existing in the ocean of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. Evidence of a form of chemical energy important for life to exist has been found, and the paper is published in the journal Science. Are we alone in the world? Could life exist out there, in our solar system? We might be nearer to an
We now know more about a recently-discovered planetary body, nicknamed DeeDee, spotted in our very own solar system. The new findings are published in The Astrophysical Journal. DeeDee is a faraway ‘new’ member of our solar system. Its distance from the Sun is three times that of Pluto; the only other distant planetary body with
A ‘Great Cold Spot’, a weather feature, has been discovered in Jupiter’s atmosphere—the planet’s second ‘Great Spot’ to be documented by scientists. The new findings are published in Geophysical Research Letters. Jupiter is already known for having a Great Red Spot. The new one, named Great Cold Spot, has been discovered by a team of
Mars has metal in its atmosphere, says a new finding obtained from Maven spacecraft flying near the red planet. The study is published in Geophysical Research Letters. A metal Mars Mars is a ‘metal planet’. It has electrically charged metal atoms (known as ions) permanently dancing high up in its atmosphere, more specifically in its ionosphere.
An Earth-like planet with an atmosphere, existing outside our solar system—new findings published in The Astronomical Journal is a step forward in the search for life beyond our world. An atmosphere around an Earth-like planet outside our solar system is a big deal in the world of astronomy—an atmosphere could mean the existence of life.
A 9th planet, one that is not Pluto, exists in our solar system, according to a hypothesis put forward by a group of astronomers. But, can it be proven? New findings show that the theory might not be that far-fetched. Some astronomers have made the case for a 9th planet in our solar system—one that is
Mars had rings in the distant past—just like Saturn currently has—and, the rings might ‘return’ in the future, says a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. We know a lot about Mars: it is our closest neighbour; it is the ‘red planet’; it has water on its surface; it has no rings. But,
Starquakes are tantamount to earthquakes: they help us understand the interior of stars. Thanks to a new study published in the journal Nature Astronomy, you can also hear a ringing sound coming from the insides of a group of stars! A starquake is an astrophysical occurrence whereby the crust of a neutron star is suddenly