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The quest to find signs of ancient life on Mars

The quest to find signs of ancient life on Mars

Mars may now be considered a barren, icy desert but did Earth's nearest neighbour once harbour life? It is a question that has preoccupied scientists for centuries and fired up sci-fi imaginings.

Astronomers decode Milky Way's violent birth

Astronomers decode Milky Way's violent birth

The Milky Way gobbled up a galaxy one quarter of its mass 10 billion years ago in a ‘violent collision’ that didn't fully settle for eons, astronomers said in new research published Monday.

Total lunar eclipse on Jan 20-21 will be last until 2022

Total lunar eclipse on Jan 20-21 will be last until 2022

People in North and South America, a large part of Europe and Africa may get a glimpse of a total lunar eclipse overnight from January 20 to 21, the last such event until 2022.

Five planets will shine bright in Qatar sky this month

Five planets will shine bright in Qatar sky this month

The five planets are Uranus, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

Mercury to be at farthest point from sun on Friday

Mercury to be at farthest point from sun on Friday

Mercury will reach Aphelion point, which is the farthest point in its orbit around the sun, at 1pm in Qatar on Friday.

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist.

Andromeda galaxy was formed in 'recent' star crash: study

Andromeda galaxy was formed in 'recent' star crash: study

The Milky Way's neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda, was formed in a colossal crash between two smaller star systems no more than three billion years ago when Earth already existed, researchers said Wednesday.

Planets approaching moon during January

Planets approaching moon during January

These astronomical phenomena are important because they offer a good chance to observe these planets and the moon together at the same time with the naked eye or through digital cameras.

Quadrantids meteor shower to illuminate Qatar sky Wednesday

Quadrantids meteor shower to illuminate Qatar sky Wednesday

The first meteor shower of 2018 will be seen in the Qatar sky between Wednesday evening and dawn on Thursday, January 4, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has announced.

Earth at its closest point to Sun this week

Earth at its closest point to Sun this week

Earth will reach its nearest point (perihelion point) in its orbit around the Sun on January 3, 2018, at 9am local time, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) said in a statement.

Geminid meteor shower to illuminate Qatar sky

Geminid meteor shower to illuminate Qatar sky

The Geminid meteor shower will be seen in the Qatar sky from Wednesday evening until dawn Thursday, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said in a statement.

Millions pour into US towns in path of total eclipse

Millions pour into US towns in path of total eclipse

On Monday, when a total solar eclipse sweeps across the United States for the first time in 99 years, people gathering in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the last on the continent to experience it.