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Lunar Crater Named After Matthew Henson

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named a Lunar crater at the south pole of the moon after the Arctic explorer Matthew Henson. Key Points Matthew Henson was a Black man who was one of the first people who stand at the very top of the world, in 1909. Proposal to name the crater after ..

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What is Lyrid Meteor Shower?

The Lyrid Meteor shower is active each year in the month of April. In 2021, they are expected to begin on April 19, 2021. They are generally referred to as April Lyrids. About Lyrid Meteor Shower The radiant of the meteor shower is located in constellation Lyra. Radiant of a meteor shower is the point ..

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May 2: International Astronomy Day

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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International Astronomical Union names a star after Indian Woman Scientist

On December 17, 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) named a white yellow star in Sextans Constellation as “Bhibha” and its planet as “Santamasa” Highlights The star has been named Bhibha honoring Indian Woman Scientist Bhibha Choudhury who discovered subatomic particle pi-meson. Bhibha means a bright beam of light in Bengali. The name Santamasa in ..

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NASA renames Ultima Thule to ‘Arrokoth’

The US Space Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has recently renamed farthest cosmic body, earlier known as ‘Ultima Thule’ to ‘Arrokoth’ or Sky. NASA has renamed the distant space rock after it was criticized over the old name’s Nazi connections. Key Highlights The rock which was studied in the farthest flyby ever conducted ..

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