Tag Archives: solar system

Scientists Find Moon Orbiting 3rd Dwarf Planet in Kuiper Belt

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope astronomers found a moon orbiting the third largest dwarf planet, 2007 OR10. The pair resides in the frigid outskirts of our solar system the Kuiper Belt, a realm of icy debris left over from our solar system’s formation 4.6 billion years ago. With this discovery, most of the known dwarf planets in the Kuiper Belt ...

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NASA Captures Comet Hitting Sun

European Space agency and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) saw a bright comet plunge toward the sun on Aug. 3-4, 2016, at nearly 1.3 million miles per hour. Comets are chunks of ice and dust that orbit the sun, usually on highly elliptical orbits that carry them far beyond the orbit of Pluto at their farthest points. This comet, ...

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Heavy Bombardment Left Moon Crust Cracked with Craters, Deep Fissures: Scientists

Four billion years ago, when the phase of Late Heavy Bombardment was causing asteroids hit the darker side of Moon from earth, Moon’s crust was left with craters and deep fissures, said MIT scientists. Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and elsewhere have identified regions on the far side of the moon, called the lunar highlands, as fractured and ...

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Stunning Images of Pluto Mountains Keep Scientists Busy for Now

For NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft, it was just 14 minutes of flyby the dwarf planet Pluto but it gave a rare opportunity to take the closest ever pictures of the icy surface that reveals young mountains still rising. Estimated to be around 11,000 feet (3,500 meters), the mountain range could have formed no longer than 100 million years ago, compared ...

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus stunning lights similar to curtain eruptions seen on Earth: Scientists

New research proposes the possibility that icy eruptions on the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could be in the form of broad, curtain-like eruptions, rather than discrete jets. Based on data obtained from NASA’s Cassini mission, the researchers say these eruptions from Saturn’s moon Enceladus might be diffuse curtains rather than discrete jets. Though they appear to be individual jets ...

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Giant galaxies die inside out

 In a major breakthrough towards understanding the formation of the universe, astronomers have figured out that star formation shuts down in the centres of elliptical galaxies first. The scientists made this observation with the help of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the Hubble Space Telescope. A major astrophysical mystery has centred on how massive elliptical galaxies, common in the ...

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Nitrogen, Water Traces on Mars Show Life Was Possible in Ancient Red Planet

The nitrogen sample analysis of Curiosity findings could have made it possible for life organism to survive on Mars. Since the nitrogen found on Mars doesn’t show any evidence of life as the surface of Mars is inhospitable for living organism, the researchers believe that the nitrates found on Mars are ancient, and could have come from non-biological processes like meteorite impacts ...

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Another Quadruple Massive Planet with 4 Stars Discovered

A new planet with 3 stars clustered together in a four-star system was found 136 light years away from Earth, called 30 Ari as it is in the constellation Aries. The planet was known before, but was thought to have only 3 stars, not 4 stars. This is the second such a four-starred system has been found after the first four-star ...

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Exoplanets Likely to Have Water, Hospitable to Life

A recent study shows that planets outside our solar system, exoplanets, are expected to have liquid and be more habitable than previously thought. “Planets with potential oceans could have a climate that is much more similar to Earth’s than previously expected,” said Jeremy Leconte, post-doctoral fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at University of Toronto. The study ...

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Algebra, Pythogaras theorem Originated in India, reminds Science & Tech Minister Harshavardhan

Union Minister for Science and technology Dr. Harshvardhan on Saturday opened the ‘Pride of India Expo’ a mega science & technology exhibition showcasing technologies, leading scientific products and services of India’s leading public and private sectors, research labs and educational institutions, as part of the 102nd Indian Science Congress is being held at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex. Speaking on ...

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Impact of Small Space Rocks Wiped Out Primitive Earth’s Atmosphere

An international team of researchers has discovered that a relentless blitz of small space rocks may have bombarded Earth around the time the moon was formed, kicking up clouds of gas with enough force to permanently eject small portions of the atmosphere into space. The researchers calculated that tens of thousands of such small impacts could have efficiently jettisoned Earth’s ...

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Best Image Ever: New Image Reveals Birth of Planet in Amazing Detail

Astronomers have captured what is claimed as “the best image ever” of planet formation around an infant star by using an international astronomy facility as part of the testing and verification process for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array’s (ALMA) new high-resolution capabilities on Friday. This new image reveals in astonishing detail the planet-forming disk surrounding HL Tau, a Sun-like star ...

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