Planetary system: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

SHUKRAYAAN: ISRO to launch Venus Mission in 2025

Published: October 1, 2020

On September 30, 2020, the French Space Agency CNES announced that it is to participate in ISRO’s Venus Mission, SHUKRAYAAN that is to be launched in 2025. The ISRO chairman and his French Counter held talks to review the areas of cooperation between the countries. Highlights VIRAL is Venus Infrared Atmospheric Gases Linker instrument that ..

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Earth’s fate predicted: Newfound tiny planet gives a glimpse

Published: April 6, 2019

The ground based telescope picked up signals confirming planet revolving sun like star. The star belongs to the Milky Way galaxy. The star was identified using spectroscopic methods. It is in its white dwarf state. Eventually our sun is also likely to reach this stage in 5 billion years. As the star is running out ..

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EPIC planet: Indian PRL scientists discover new planet

Published: June 12, 2018

Scientists from Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad have discovered for first time distant planet revolving around Sun-like star. Both the planet and the star have been named EPIC. With this discovery India joins handful of countries which have discovered planets around stars. EPIC planet The planet has been named as EPIC 211945201b (or K2-236b) and ..

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Parker Solar Probe: NASA to launch Humanity’s first flight to Sun in July 2018

Published: April 9, 2018

NASA’s will launch humanity’s first mission Parker Solar Probe (PSP) to the Sun in July 31, 2018. It is undergoing final preparations for its scheduled launch on board of NASA’s Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. After its launch, the probe will orbit directly through solar atmosphere — the corona ..

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Astronomers discover Venus-like planet orbiting a dim star Kepler-1649

Published: April 10, 2017

Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler space telescope have discovered a Venus-like planet orbiting a dim star called Kepler-1649. The newly found planet is one-fifth the diameter of our Sun and is only slightly larger than Earth. It is located 219 light years away from Earth. Key Facts The Venus-like planet tightly embraces its low-temperature star Kepler-1649 ..

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