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Top 10 Space junctures of 2012

india Updated: Dec 21, 2012 14:23 IST
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From finding the "God particle" to capturing rare pictures of Martian solar eclipse and from discovering a planet twice the size of earth made largely out of diamond to detecting five new planets close to earth - 2012 saw space demystified in some revolutionary ways.

Here're some of those interesting moments from the year 2012:

Finally, a glimpse of God
The world's biggest atom smasher claimed the discovery of a new subatomic particle calling it consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson - popularly known as the 'God particle'.

Curiosity captures amazing picture of Martian solar eclipse
A new picture taken from the surface of Mars by NASA’s rover Curiosity shows the moon Phobos, one of the two moons orbiting the red planet, moving across the face of the sun.

Nasa's Mars rover finds first evidence of water - a river of it
Nasa's Mars rover, Curiosity, dispatched to learn if the most Earth-like planet in the solar system was suitable for microbial life, has found clear evidence its landing site was once awash in water, scientists said.

A diamond bigger than Earth?
Forget the diamond as big as the Ritz. This one's bigger than planet Earth. Orbiting a star that is visible to the naked eye, astronomers have discovered a planet twice the size of our own made largely out of diamond.

Astronomers get rare glimpse of icy, dwarf planet
A rare dalliance with a star in a remote part of our Solar System has allowed scientists to glean data on a distant, icy dwarf planet about which we knew very little before.

'Super-Jupiter' discovery dwarfs solar system's largest planet
Astronomers have discovered a new 'super-Jupiter' planet, 13 times bigger than Jupiter, the largest planet in our own solar system.

'Oldest supernovae yet' which exploded 12.5 bn years ago found
Astronomers have discovered two 'super-luminous' massive stars which exploded 12.5 billion years ago, believed to be the oldest supernovae ever detected.

FOUND: A galaxy with a split-personality?
Astronomers have discovered that a well-known elliptical galaxy has a split personality. Most big galaxies fit into one of two camps: pinwheel-shaped spiral galaxies and blobby elliptical galaxies.

Astronomers discover planet that's lit by four suns
An international team of amateur and professional astronomers has discovered a planet whose skies are lit up by four suns -- the first known case of such a phenomenon.

Scientists find five new planets close to Earth
Scientists using an intra-galactic speed gun have detected five new planets, relatively close to Earth, and one of them is orbiting a star's habitable zone, where conditions are suitable for life.