Astronomy: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder: Key Facts

Published: December 2, 2020

Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a new type of radio telescope developed by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). It creates high-resolution images by combining the signals of 36 smaller dish antennas. Recently, this telescope had helped map around 300 million galaxies in approximately 300 hours to create a ‘new atlas of ..

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Union Cabinet: MoU between India and Spain in Astronomy approved

Published: November 4, 2020

On November 4, 2020, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approved the Memorandum of Understanding signed between India and Spain. The MoU will facilitate scientific and technical collaborations between the countries in the field of Astronomy. Key Highlights The MoU was signed between the Instituto de Astrofiscia de Canarias of Spain and the Indian ..

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May 2: International Astronomy Day

Published: May 2, 2020

Every year, International Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year. Once on September 26 and other on May 2. On this day, astronomical institutions, planetariums, museums organize fun filled activities and spread awareness about the world of astronomy. Highlights The first International Astronomy Day was celebrated in 1973. It was started by the then president ..

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Super-luminous Supernova

Published: April 24, 2020

Researchers at the ARIES have discovered that the SN 2010kd- a super-luminous supernova exploded rapidly but decayed slowly and the amount of nickel ejected from it is much more than from a usual supernova. About Super-luminous Supernova Supernova is the energetic explosion that occurs during the last stages of a massive star. These transient astronomical ..

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Orbital Resonance

Published: April 24, 2020

Scientists have discovered that the planets surrounding the HD 158259 star are in an almost perfect orbital harmony. About the Stellar System The stellar system of HD 158259 is composed of 6 planets. One of them is a super-earth and the other 5 are mini-neptunes. This planet system is 88 light years away from our ..

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