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Could there be life on the amazing and mysterious Pluto?

The data coming in from the New Horizons spacecraft's mission to Pluto proves that the Universe is, if nothing else, full of surprises.

Universe on edge of collapse, at least on cosmological time scale

Astronomers believe the universe is on the edge of "imminent" detruction, at least when viewed on a cosmological time scale.

Binary system planet first to be discovered using microlensing

Scientists with NASA have announced the rare discovery of a planet orbiting two red dwarf stars some 3,300 light-years away from earth.

Nearby planet has atmosphere very similar to Earth

A new planet may be our best evidence yet that habitable worlds exist near Earth. New findings show that a "super-Earth" may be our ticket to the colonization of this galaxy.

Longest planetary orbit discovered

Nearly 156 light-years from Earth, the planet GU Psc b has the longest ever planetary orbit recorded. It takes over 160,000 years to orbit its sun and it has been detected by Canadian astrophysicists.

Ice, liquid found on Jupiter's moon Ganymede, may harbor life

Think Mars is the ultimate life-harboring planet in our solar system? Think again. Recent findings from NASA indicate there may be life on not one, but two of Jupiter’s moons.

Possibly habitable planet spotted 500 light-years away

Mountain View - An earth-size planet orbiting in its sun's habitable zone has been spotted for the first time, U.S. space scientists announced Thursday.

TopFinds: Caught in the polar vortex, waiting to live on Mars

North America endures the chilly temperatures of the polar vortex. How to make crude oil out of algae in less than an hour. How many people want to live on Mars? Welcome to TopFinds.

Astronomer adds support for planet 'Gallifrey'

Vanessa Bailey, the astronomer who discovered the planet "HD 1069906B," has lent her support to the planet being named Gallifrey as part of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations.

Petition to name new planet 'Gallifrey'

A petition, promoted by fans of the television show Doctor Who, to name a recently discovered planet Gallifrey has received more than 60,000 supporters.

New exoplanet disproves theories on star and planet formation

Once again revealing to the human race just how much we don't know, the newly discovered exoplanet HD 106906b has been found to defy long-held beliefs on how planets and stars are formed.

New Earth-like planet Kepler-78b discovered

A planet named Kepler-78b, similar in size and composition to Earth, has been discovered by astronomers outside of our solar-system.

Study confirms global risks of herbicide overuse

A new study provides evidence that herbicides alter ecosystems around the world and that as the use of herbicides rises, the risks to the planet's ecosystems similarly increase.

NASA finds a defying pink planet

London - Astronomers have observed a magenta planet the size of Jupiter about 57 light years from Earth. It’s the smallest planet ever detected outside the Solar System using direct imaging techniques.

There were two moons orbiting Earth, scientists claim

Scientists said the smaller moon have only survived a few million years before it collided with the one we see today, leaving just one. Landscapes on the current moon are the remains of the smaller moon from the collision.

New planet: Among seven found, three are in habitable zone

Using new observation of Gliese 667C, astronomers found seven planets circling a star, including three super-Earths orbiting in the habitable zone. Gliese 667 is a triple-star system in the constellation of Scorpius that has masses smaller than Sun.

'Vulcan' overwhelming choice of names for Pluto's smallest moons

Mountain View - Star Trek fans have reason to celebrate after learning their choice for the name of one of Pluto's smallest moon is the overwhelming favorite.

NASA finds tiny exoplanet in 'habitable zone' of space

Mountain View - NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope managed to capture the dimming of a star more than 215-light-years away, alerting scientists to the presence of a tiny planet passing between the star and Earth.

Cities can alter weather systems thousands of miles distant

According to a new study published at the weekend in the journal, Nature, large cities, most of which lie in the northern hemisphere, could be affecting weather systems more than 1000 miles away.

Living longer? Expect more disease

A medical review indicates that although people around the world are living longer they are suffering from higher levels of sickness from chronic diseases.

'Habitable' planet discovered circling Tau Ceti star

Scientists have discovered a new 'habitable' world. Scientists say that the world is just one of five thought to be circling a star that is located 12 light years away.

NASA finds water ice at Mercury's poles

New discoveries by a NASA spacecraft support the long-held theory that Mercury has abundant water ice and other frozen materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters.

'Citizen Astronomers' discover planet, PH1, with four-star system

Washington - A group of so-called "Armchair Astronomers" from the website Planet Hunters has discovered a planet that maintains four stars. The planet has been called PH1 and is the first known to have four suns.

Astronomers find planet '55 Cancri e' made out of diamond

Astronomers say they have found a planet "55 Cancri e," twice the size of Earth, orbiting a star much like our Sun and visible to the naked eye in the constellation of Cancer. They say the planet is made largely out of diamond.

A newfound world, possible to sustain life

In the region of Dorado constellation, 50 light years from Earth, researchers found Gliese 163c, orbiting the star Gliese 163, with potential structures and compositions scientists believe could possibly sustain life.

Explosion spotted on Jupiter

An amateur astronomer was looking at Jupiter from his backyard when he spotted a bright white flash on the surface of the planet.

Will.i.am's new single broadcast from Mars:Updated

Will.i.am became the first musical artist to broadcast music from another planet when his new single "Reach for the Stars" aired from the Mars rover Curiosity.

International team finds evidence of aging star devouring planet

State College - An international team of astronomers has discovered the first evidence of a planet being devoured by its aging star. As the star expanded, it eventually swallowed the entire planet, which is similar to what shall happen to Earth in a few billion years.

Newly discovered planet may be able to support life

Astronomers at the University of California and the Carnegie Institution of Washington have discovered a new planet that is located right by Earth. The planet may actually be able to support human life

How many species are yet to be discovered?

How many species in the world are yet to be discovered? This is a question which scientists and environmentalist frequently ponder. The latest estimate falls between two and fifty million yet to be discovered species.
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Tradar image of Mercury s north polar region from Image 2.1 is shown superposed on a mosaic of MESSE...
Tradar image of Mercury's north polar region from Image 2.1 is shown superposed on a mosaic of MESSENGER images of the same area.
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This artist s conception illustrates Kepler-22b  a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitab...
This artist's conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star's habitable zone -- the region around a star where liquid water, a requirement for life on Earth, could persist. The planet is 2.4 times the size of Earth, making it the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star like our sun. (NASA)
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V838 Mon  a star with an expanding gas shell  purported as photographic evidence of Nibiru
V838 Mon, a star with an expanding gas shell, purported as photographic evidence of Nibiru
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OUT OF THIS WORLD: A NASA artist s conception of what Kepler-186f  the first Earth-size planet spott...
OUT OF THIS WORLD: A NASA artist's conception of what Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size planet spotted orbiting in another star's habitable zone, looks like is shown in a picture released Thursday by the space agency.
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This map-projected view of Ceres was created from images taken by NASA s Dawn spacecraft during its ...
This map-projected view of Ceres was created from images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft during its initial approach to the dwarf planet, prior to being captured into orbit in March 2015. The map is an enhanced color view that offers an expanded range of the colors visible to human eyes. Scientists use this technique in order to highlight subtle color differences across Ceres. This can provide valuable insights into the physical properties and composition of materials on the surface
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Artist impression of planet that astronomers believe to have discovered orbiting HIP13044
Artist impression of planet that astronomers believe to have discovered orbiting HIP13044
NASA s Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet  named upsilon An...
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, is not under the glare of its host star as might be expected.
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NASA artist s rendering of newly discovered planet Kepler-20e
NASA artist's rendering of newly discovered planet Kepler-20e
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Nomad object wandering the interstellar medium. The object is intentionally blurry to represent unce...
Nomad object wandering the interstellar medium. The object is intentionally blurry to represent uncertainty about whether it has an atmosphere.
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An artist s impression of an earthlike planet
An artist's impression of an earthlike planet
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The surface of Venus was scanned with radar waves beamed from orbiting space probes to produce this ...
The surface of Venus was scanned with radar waves beamed from orbiting space probes to produce this image. The colors are based on photos taken by probes that landed on Venus.
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The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
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From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states  people around the world shared more than 1 400 image...
From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states, people around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission.
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