This potentially hazardous asteroid is spinning strangely

It was in 1983 when Simon Green and John Davies spotted Phaethon, the 5.4 kilometers-wide asteroid in data from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite. The asteroid came close to Earth in 2017, passing from a distance of just 10 million kilometers away from the planet. The potentially hazardous asteroid has been behaving…

Mysterious pulse hits Earth. It was from the most powerful explosion in universe

Earth was hit by an unusually long-lasting pulse on October 9, which has raised global curiosity. The high-energy radiation that swept over Earth is likely from the birth of a black hole and is called a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB), which originated 1.9 billion years ago. The burst was detected for nearly 10 hours and…

European orbiter solves mystery around Sun’s changing magnetic field

The findings point to their physical formation mechanism that might help accelerate the solar wind. The spacecraft has made the first ever observations of mysterious solar switchback the sudden and large deflections of the solar wind’s magnetic field. It provides a full view of the structure, which appears to have an…

Super-Earth that orbits two suns found. It could have very deep oceans

These are some of the questions that guide astronomers looking for planets outside our solar system, and this time they might have hit upon a jackpot. A planet that could have a very deep ocean has been discovered. What’s even more interesting is that it is an Earth-like planet. Nearly 100 light years away from…

Close-up of a black hole reveals never-before-seen ring behind it

It was in 2019 when astronomers came together to make the world’s most powerful telescope that was spread across the planet. What the Event Horizon Telescope did was capture the first image of a supermassive black hole at the centre of the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy. While the data processing revealed an incredible…

Jupiter-sized baby planet could give birth to new moons.

While the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) gears up to track the life history of plants, astronomers have spotted a unique planet, which is in its infant stage and is so young that it could provide key insights about planetary birth. What makes it even more interesting is that it could lead to the birth of new moons…

Super Earth with possibility for life discovered

The search for an Earth-like planet has taken astronomers not just behind our solar system, but also behind the Milky Way Galaxy and a new planet has raised expectations. Astronomers have discovered a Super-Earth located in the habitable zone of its Red Dwarf star. The only problem is that this planet keeps moving in…

Rare, effortless: This is how it looked when Venus came face to face with Sun

In 2012, Venus came face to face with the Sun and was captured transiting in its orbit. The rare celestial event that happened a decade ago will not happen for another 10 years and astronomers across the world are reminiscing about the event when they saw the planet appear as a black dot crossing with the Sun as its…

Astronomers detect blast that could burn 3.5 billion Great Pyramids of Giza in hours

Astronomers studying developments in deep space have come across a previously unknown explosion in white dwarf stars that siphoned material from a companion star. Dubbed Micronovae, the stellar explosion could change the understanding of how eruptions occur in stars. Micronova is a thermonuclear blast that lasts for…

Astronomers detect asteroid two hours before it hit Earth. What happened next?

The world watched when Leonardo De Caprio’s Don’t Look Up hit Netflix, warning us of the imminent dangers of asteroids and our slow response to countering them. A similar scenario unfolded last week when astronauts detected an asteroid with a low chance of hitting Earth, crashing to the surface. Yes, an…