International Astronomical union: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

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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International Astronomical Union names a star after Indian Woman Scientist

Published: December 18, 2019

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’

Published: November 15, 2019

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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Minor Planet named after Pandit Jasraj

Published: September 30, 2019

The IAU – International Astronomical Union has named a minor planet between Mars and Jupiter after an Indian classical singer Pandit Jasraj. He is the first Indian musician to receive this honor. The planet was discovered on November 11, 2006. The minor planets discovered are given permanent numbers by the IAU. The number given to ..

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