A detailed study of the biggest black hole in the known universe
Astronomers study one of the biggest supermassive black holes in the known universe, a monster 18 billion times the mass of our Sun. The supermassive black hole powers a quasar called OJ287 which lies about 3.5 billion light years away from Earth.
Nearest habitable zone Earth like planet discovered
Scientists have discovered the nearest habitable zone planet to our solar system -- a super Earth located just 14 light years away. The planet is orbiting within the star’s so-called 'goldilocks zone' -- the habitable zone where it’s possible for liquid water - and maybe even life - to exist.
ExoMars 2016 blasts off on a mission to search for life on the red planet
The ExoMars 2016 mission has successfully blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan on a Russian Proton -M rocket bound for the red planet Mars. The joint European Space Agency and Roscosmos mission will take seven months to reach Mars where it will begin searching for the origins of the red planet’s seasonal increase in atmospheric methane levels.
Russian Earth imaging satellite launched
Just a day before the launch of the ExoMars mission, a new civilian operated Russian Earth observation satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz 2-1b rocket. The Resurs P3 is on a five year mission providing Moscow with an orbital fleet of three digital remote sensing Earth observation satellites.
India launches new regional navigation satellite
India has successfully launched the latest member of its regional navigation satellite system. The launch was delayed by a minute to avoid orbital debris detected during the countdown phase.