Comet ISON has excited the astronomers and the sky viewers in the last week of November. Everybody was expecting a wonderful view of the bright Comet ISON in starting December but after 28 December ISON faded surprisingly. Comet was expected to be seen by Naked Eyes but now it become very difficult to see Comet ISON even with telescope.
What happened to ISON? Is it still alive? Will ISON be seen by naked eyes? Continue reading →
The Great Red Spot of Jupiter captured by Voyager 1 in 1979. (Credit: NASA )
Diamond is one of the most precious gems and costliest element on the Earth. The amount of diamond present on the Earth is very less but this is not the case with other planets in the solar system. For example, the planet Saturn and Jupiter have collection of about 10 million tons of diamonds as announced by researchers this week.
The observations of storms found on the planet Jupiter and Saturn which generate carbon particles, indicates that the conditions found on these planets are very similar to the favourable conditions for the formation of diamond from the carbon particles. The comparison of the conditions on Continue reading →
The size of the moon on horizon appears larger. (Credit: NASA)
Full moon is one of the beautiful phenomena observed on the planet Earth. You must have noticed that moon on horizon appears larger than the zenith moon ( up in the sky ). You are not alone seeing this phenomenon, people has been observing this, since thousands of years. Many researchers had tried to explain the reason behind the larger size of the moon on horizon. People are still debating on this issue. Continue reading →
Exoplanet orbiting star Image: Cristina Sanchis Ojeda
In the time it takes you to complete a single workday, or get a full night’s sleep, a small fireball of a planet 700 light-years away has already completed an entire year.
Researchers at MIT have discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet named Kepler 78b that whips around its host star in a mere 8.5 hours — one of the shortest orbital periods ever detected. The planet is extremely close to its star — its orbital radius is only about three times the radius of the star — and the scientists have estimated that its surface temperatures may be as high as 3,000 degrees Continue reading →
Methone is small moon of Saturn which was discovered by Cassini spacecraft on 1 June, 2004. The Cassini has made two visits to Methone and its closest approach was made on May 20, 2012 with a minimum distance of 1900 km form it. Methone orbits the planet Saturn between Mimas and Enceladus at the distance of 194,000 km. Continue reading →