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Dino-killing asteroid punctured Earth’s crust: Study

HOUSTON: The asteroid that ended the age of dinosaurs about 65 million years ago may have nearly punctured the Earth’s crust, and temporarily caused the surface of the planet to behave like a slow-moving fluid, a new study has found. The findings may shed light on how such impacts can reshape the face of planets and generate new habitats for ... Read More »

Super Earth found orbiting nearby star

Scientists have discovered a new ‘super-Earth’ planet with a mass around 5.4 times that of the Earth, orbiting a very bright star near to our Sun. The exoplanet, GJ 536 b, is not within the star’s habitable zone, but its short orbital period of 8.7 days and the luminosity of its star make it an attractive candidate for investigating its ... Read More »

Stephen Hawking Just Gave Humanity A Due Date For Finding Another Planet

If humanity survives the rise of artificial intelligence, the ravages of climate change and the threat of nuclear terrorism in the next century, it doesn’t mean we’re home free, according to Stephen Hawking. The renowned theoretical physicist has gone as far as providing humanity with a deadline for finding another planet to colonize: We have 1,000 years. Remaining on Earth ... Read More »

Lunar spectacle sends enthusiasts over the moon

PANAJI: While most people might find the cosmos difficult to understand, a few celestial events, such as the super moon, holds a far broader interest. On November 14, at precisely 7.22pm, the moon was the closest to the Earth. A hundred and fifty people made a beeline for the Junta House terrace here at space party organized by the Association ... Read More »

Breathing Earth Seen From Space, CO2 Levels Still Rising

A new report says satellite observations have shown that carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has continued to increase, despite global efforts to curb emissions. Ten years of data taken from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Envisat mission and Japan’s Greenhouse gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) show that carbon dioxide increased by about 0.5 percent every year between 2003 and 2013. The ... Read More »

Earth’s 100,000-year Ice Age cycle decoded

LONDON: Scientists have explained a new mechanism behind Earth’s 100,000-year Ice Age cycle that points to the alternating influence of continental ice sheets and climate on this global climatic interchange. Science has struggled to explain fully why an ice age occurs every 100,000 years. As researchers now demonstrate based on a computer simulation, not only do variations in insolation play ... Read More »

Near-earth Asteroid 2003 DZ15 to pass earth Monday night

New Delhi: This coming Monday, the 152 metre asteroid 2003 DZ15 will make a pass by our planet Earth. This asteroid is huge but miniscule as that compared to that big one which flew by earth last month. Lately many asteroids are making a close shave with Earth but they are passing by a very huge distance, by many millions ... Read More »

NASA spacecraft capture stunning images of Earth

NASA has released colour and black-and-white images of Earth and the Moon, as bright beacons, taken from two interplanetary spacecraft millions of miles away in space. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured the colour images of Earth and the Moon from its perch in the Saturn system nearly 1.5 billion kilometers away, NASA said. MESSENGER, the first probe to orbit Mercury, took ... Read More »