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Parker Solar Probes sends back first observations

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has sent back its first observations to the earth for scientists to decode the mysteries about the sun. The spacecraft was launched in August of 2018. It has completed 3 of the 24 planned passes by the sun’s unexplored regions. No other spacecraft has flown as close as the Parker probe ..

NASA’s New Horizons mission gets a brand-new name “Arrokoth”

The International Astronomical Union and Minor Planets Center, the global body for naming Kuiper Belt objects, has finally given a name for the most distant world ever explored by a space mission. It is called Arrokoth. NASA launched the New Horizons mission in January 2006. After crossing by Pluto in 2015, in 2019 it flew by ..

NASA to send a new VIPER Lunar Rover to map water ice on Moon

To explore the moon’s mysterious South Pole, NASA is sending a new VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) Lunar Rover to map water ice in the region. The VIPER will land in September 2022 in search of water on the lunar surface. The mobile robot will spend 100 days collecting data and sampling the water ..

2019 Nobel prize in physics awarded

The Nobel Prize 2019 for Physics has jointly been awarded to three scientists – James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz – groundbreaking discoveries about the evolution of the universe and the Earth’s place in the cosmos. One half of the award was given to James Peebles for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology and the ..

Pandit Jasraj becomes first Indian musician to have minor planet named after him

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named an asteroid after Indian classical singer Pandit Jasraj. With this, Pandit Jasraj has become the first Indian maestro to have a planet named after him. The asteroid, which is located between Mars and Jupiter, was discovered by Mt. Lemmon Survey  at Mount Lemmon in Arizona  (United States) in ..

Hubble Telescope finds Water Vapour on Habitable-Zone Exoplanet

For the first time have Astronomers have discovered water vapour signatures in the atmosphere of a planet beyond our solar system that resides in the habitable zone (the region around a star which can support liquid water given sufficient atmospheric pressure). Discovery of Water Vapour in Habitable Zone The Astronomers from the Center for Space ..

Scientists discover water vapor in atmosphere of a super-Earth “K2-18b”

For the first time, the astronomers at the University College London have discovered water vapour in the atmosphere of an Earth-size planet called K2-18b. They used data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The exoplanet “K2-18b” is 8-times the mass of Earth and known as a super-Earth. It orbits a red dwarf star 110 light-years away ..

The team of Event Horizon Telescope wins 2020 ‘Oscars of Science’

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team  of 347 scientists  has won the 2020 ‘Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics’ for the first image of a super-massive black hole. The $3 million prize is also known as the ‘Oscars of Science’. The team produced the world’s first-ever image of a black hole circled by a flame-orange halo ..