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Large Asteroid To Zoom Past Earth On March 21

Washington: The largest asteroid predicted to pass by our planet in 2021 will be at its closest on March 21, NASA has said, adding that there is no threat of a collision with Earth. Called 2001 FO32, the near-Earth asteroid will make its closest approach at a distance of about two million kilometres, the US […]

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Earth May Have Been Wet Ever Since It Formed

Washington: Earth’s water may have come from materials that were present in the inner solar system at the time the planet formed, suggests a new study. The findings of this study, published in the journal Science, are surprising because the Earth’s building blocks are often presumed to be dry. “Our discovery shows that the Earth’s […]

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Odisha Fixes Eyes On Sky To Witness 2019's Last Solar Eclipse Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: With only a few hours left for the rare annular solar eclipse tomorrow, people across Odisha are all geared up to witness the celestial phenomenon. From telescopes to special eye glasses, protective devices have been kept for visitors at the Pathani Samanta Planetarium and APJ Abdul Kalam Planetarium in Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur, respectively. “Nobody […]

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Moon may have more frozen water than previously thought

Washington: Earth’s Moon and Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, may have far more water ice than previously thought, new evidence suggests. “If confirmed, this potential reservoir of frozen water on the Moon may be sufficiently massive to sustain long-term lunar exploration,” said Noah Petro, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space […]

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'207 feet' Asteroid To Move Towards Earth Today; Will It Harm Us?

A huge asteroid named 2019 NJ2 with a diameter of nearly 2017 feet will move towards Earth today. According to the NASA’s CNEOS(Center For Near Earth Studies), asteroid 2019 NJ2, will reach its closes distance to Earth today at 7.53 pm (Standard Time). Reports claim that the asteroid 2019 NJ2 is currently moving at a speed […]

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Moon's crust hides early history of Sun: NASA scientists

Washington: A team of astrophysicists, including one of Indian origin, has found that the Moon, where NASA will be sending astronauts by 2024, contains clues to the ancient mysteries of the Sun, which are crucial to understanding the development of life. Our natural satellite took shape when a Mars-sized object smashed into Earth about 4.5 […]

NASA's new mission to study space weather from ISS

Washington: NASA has selected a new mission that will help scientists understand and, ultimately, forecast the vast space weather system around our planet. The Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) mission will cost $42 million and is planned to launch in August 2022, attached to the exterior of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS), the US space […]

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Earth is flat, said YouTube

San Francisco: In a major goof-up, popular video-sharing platform YouTube projected it upon impressionable minds that — the Earth is flat — raising the number of people who now seriously believe the planet to be a flat unending stretch of land, a study said. The fact which is to the contrary was proved almost five […]

2018 fourth hottest year on record: NASA

Washington: Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880 and the planet will warm further, especially since greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to rise, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have said. Global temperatures in 2018 were 0.83 degrees Celsius warmer than the 1951 to 1980, according to […]

NASA spacecraft's first orbit around asteroid Bennu breaks record

Washington: Breaking a space exploration record on New Year’s Eve, NASA’s first asteroid-sampling mission, OSIRIS-REx, entered into orbit around the Bennu, making it the smallest object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. Inching around the asteroid at a snail’s pace, OSIRIS-REx’s first orbit marks a leap for humankind. Never before has a spacecraft from […]

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Mantle neon illuminates Earth's formation: Study

New York: The Earth formed relatively quickly from a cloud of dust and gas around the sun, trapping water and gases in the planet’s mantle, according to a study. Besides determining Earth’s origins, the study led by a team from the University of California Davis could also help in identifying extrasolar systems that could support […]

NASA spacecraft on course to reach asteroid Bennu on Dec 3

Washington: A NASA spacecraft designed to bring a small sample from asteroid Bennu to Earth is on course to arrive at its destination on December 3, the US space agency has said. Launched in September 2016, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has been slowly approaching Bennu, NASA said on Thursday. […]

NASA's Mars InSight lander mission to teach us more about Earth

Washington: US-based space agency NASA’s Mars InSight lander, due to arrive on the Red planet’s surface on Monday night, may teach us more about Earth. It is going to use seismometers to study the planet’s interior so we can learn more about how it formed and why it’s so different from Earth, BBC reported on […]

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Earth will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold by 2030: Report

Geneva: The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday said the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030, precipitating the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people. In a report, the IPCC said that governments around the […]

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6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia

Jakarta: A strong earthquake located far below the Earth’s surface shook an area in Indonesia’s Flores Sea, causing shaking on land but no damage, officials said. The US Geological Survey said the quake yesterday had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 and was located 109 kilometers northwest of the village of Kampungbajo in central Indonesia at […]

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Blood Moon to appear tonight during longest total lunar eclipse

New Delhi: If you missed the trilogy of supermoons earlier this year, the Lunar eclipse — the longest of the 21st century — set to occur on Friday, will offer you a rare celestial treat. The celestial spectacle, which would be seen in its entirety from all parts of India, last for 1 hour 43 […]

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Thailand to send fruit to space to prepare for future trips

Bangkok: Thailand’s space research agency on Friday announced plans to send the durian fruit which is known for its strong, stinky smell, to space by July, as part of a project to produce Thai food suitable for future space travel. The baked durian will stay in space for five minutes before coming back to Earth, […]

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3 astronauts return to Earth after months in space

Washington: Three astronauts have landed safely in Kazakhstan on Wednesday after five-and-a-half-month of performing research and spacewalks in low-Earth orbit. The Soyuz spacecraft with NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba, and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos landed at 8.31 a.m. in Kazakhstan, NASA said. The three were part of […]

Ultra-high energy cosmic rays come from outside our galaxy

New York: Researchers have found that some ultra-high energy cosmic rays that occasionally hit Earth come from a distant source outside the Milky Way. Cosmic rays are atomic nuclei that travel through space at speeds close to that of light. Low-energy cosmic rays come from the Sun or from our own galaxy, but the origin […]

NASA'S OSIRIS-REX mission to flyby Earth on Friday

Washington: NASA’s asteriod hunting OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is all set to make a close flyby of Earth on Friday, before reaching asteroid Bennu, media has reported. The Earth’s gravity will fling the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, travelling at a staggering speed of 19,000 miles (30,758 km) per hour, upward by about six degrees so that its trajectory will […]

How Milky Way differs from other galaxies

New York: Our galaxy, which is home to Earth and its solar system, might not be as “typical” as previously thought, and therefore Milky Way-based models to understand other galaxies of the universe could be misleading, new research suggests. “We use the Milky Way and its surroundings to study absolutely everything,” said Marla Geha of Yale […]

Design lightweight aerosol sensor to win $100,000 NASA prize

Washington: You stand a chance to win a grand $100,000 prize for designing a lightweight and easy-to-use aerosol sensor that could be used to monitor air quality in space and on Earth, NASA has announced. Tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols, can contribute to a variety of health problems, such as asthma and respiratory tract […]

India to resume satellite launches by December

Bengaluru: India will resume launching satellites in November or December, unfazed by the failure of its rocket in deploying a spare navigation satellite in the Earth’s lower orbit on August 31, said a top official on Friday. “We will resume the launches by November or December, with one of the remote sensing satellites though we […]

At least nine alien planets in position to spot Earth

UK/Germany: In a bid to find how alien observers might be able to detect Earth, scientists have found that at least nine exoplanets are ideally placed to observe the transits of our world. Scientists from Queen”s University Belfast in the UK and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany turned exoplanet-hunting on […]

How do hurricanes form? Know from NASA scientists

Washington: Even as Hurricane Harvey left Texas bruised and Hurricane Irma began lashing Florida, NASA scientists have explained in a blog how hurricanes form and what steps the US space agency has taken to study the most violent storms on Earth. People call these storms by other names, such as typhoons or cyclones, depending on […]