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Sky survey of stars: How PASIPHAE instrument would help scientists look into sudden expansion of universe

PASIPHAE is being developed by a team led by an Indian astronomer.

Important clues into cause and process of death of stars revealed by IIT Guwahati researchers

The finding is very important and the astrophysics community from all over the world has taken an interest in the research, which has been published in Physics Review Letters journal.

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Location of ‘fast radio burst’ found in distant universe

In a first, a team of scientists has tracked down the location of a fast radio burst (FRB), confirming that these short but spectacular flashes of radio waves originate in the distant universe. The breakthrough was made using

‘Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Albert Einstein’s prediction’

Scientists said on Thursday they have detected the existence of gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity 100 years ago.

Scientists discover hidden galaxies behind Milky Way 250 mn light years away from Earth

A team of international scientists has discovered hundreds of hidden galaxies hidden from view until now by our own galaxy, the Milky Way, some 250 million light years away from the Earth.

Aliens? Interstellar odyssey to broadcast people’s messages to star

Have a message to convey to the aliens out there? Write one fast as researchers are set to beam selective messages from around the world into space at the speed of light to create a celestial time capsule.

NASA does a first, says you can watch ‘invisible’ magnetic Sun in action

NASA space scientists, trying hard to understand the Sun's electromagnetic field that is crucial for future deep space travel, have released a first-ever video model of the Sun showing how its magnetic field behaves.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope spots mammoth cloud boomerang back to Milky Way galaxy

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a monstrous cloud of hydrogen gas that is plummeting toward our galaxy at nearly 1.1 million km per hour.

Galaxy cluster not just governed solely by mass: Scientists

An international team of researchers has found for the first time that the connection between a galaxy cluster and surrounding dark matter is not characterised solely by the mass of clusters but also by their formation histor

Lasagne-like dark ‘noodle’ spotted in Milky Way

What if, there were noodles, lasagne sheets or hazelnuts or, at least, invisible structures shaped like them floating around in our galaxy? Yes, it is a possibility.

Failure to find ‘life on Earth’ bad news for Mars hunters

Can not finding signs of life at a place on Earth that closely resembles the area on Red Planet a bad news for those trying to find life on the Martian surface? Yes, say researchers, suggesting that the failure to find active

NASA starts new programme to protect Earth from asteroids

NASA has started a new programme called the Planetary Defence Coordination Office (PDCO) which will coordinate the space agency's efforts to detect and track near-Earth objects (NEOs), a media report said.

Second milder ‘Big Bang’ created massive dark matter: Physicists

A team of US scientists has challenged the popular scientific model that the physical universe - space, time, matter and energy - ballooned out from a very hot and dense point and inflated with a Big Bang into how we see the

Evolution: Was ‘Spindle’ that spun multi-cellular life on Earth, part of bigger plan?

Evolution is a touchy subject. Unveil a new discovery pointing towards what triggered life on Earth and a whole contingent of evolutionists, the proponents of Intelligent design (ID) and SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Int

‘Second largest’ black hole in the Milky Way discovered: Astronomers

A team of Japanese astronomers has discovered an enigmatic gas cloud just 200 light years away from the centre of the Milky Way that can be the possible missing link in the black hole evolution.

Most distant massive galaxy cluster, formed only 3.8 bn years after the Big Bang, found

Astronomers have detected a massive, sprawling, churning galaxy cluster - about 1,000 times more massive than our Milky Way galaxy - that formed only 3.8 billion years after the Big Bang.

Space lovers, you can now see black hole with naked eyes

Have black holes always fascinated you? Well, all you need is a 20 cm telescope to observe a nearby active black hole.

Black holes can swell as large as 50 billion suns!

Stars with masses greater than about 20 times the mass of our Sun may produce black holes at the end of their lives and these matter-sucking monsters could get really big, according to a new study.

Second Earth? Potentially ‘habitable’ planet spotted 14 light years away

The search for a second 'Earth' may finally be coming to an end with the discovery of the closest potentially habitable planet outside our solar system, just 14 light years away.

Gamma rays from ‘galaxy far far away’ detected

Gamma rays from a galaxy halfway across the visible universe have been detected by a team of astronomers.

Dark matter nursery and its monstrous baby galaxies 11.5 bn light-years away found

A nest of monstrous baby galaxies, 11.5 billion light-years away could help answer questions about how the known universe formed.

Faintest ever galaxy that existed 400 mn years after the Big Bang ‘captured’ by NASA

A team of astronomers harnessing the combined power of NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have found the faintest object ever (a galaxy) seen in the early universe. It existed about 400 million years after the Big Ban

Astrophysicists ‘see’ black hole’s rare big ‘bite’ of a star

Astrophysicists have for the first time witnessed a star being swallowed by a black hole, ejecting a flare of matter moving at nearly the speed of light...

Ground-breaking find can challenge Big Bang theory, understand formation of universe

The research is on the decay of subatomic particles called kaons, which could change how scientists understand the formation of the universe.

For first time, alien planet caught in birth act; near LkCa 15 star region

For the first time ever, a team of astronomers has directly observed a planet in the process of being born. The accumulation of dust and gas particles into a new planet, the process by which the planet continues to form and g

NASA’s ‘Chemical Laptop’ to search for alien life

NASA engineers are working on a unique “Chemical Laptop” - a portable, miniaturised laboratory that can help astronauts analyse samples for presence of life on spot as they enter the alien world.

Oldest stars found at heart of Milky Way

A team of astronomers has discovered the oldest stars ever seen, dating from before the Milky Way Galaxy formed, when the Universe was just 300 million years old.

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