Tag: Planet

World Environment Day 2020: Preserve Biodiversity For A Better Tomorrow Says PM Modi

New Delhi: On World Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday pitched for collective efforts to ensure that the planet becomes a better place for future generations. “On #WorldEnvironmentDay, we reiterate our pledge to preserve our planet’s rich biodiversity. Let us collectively do whatever possible to ensure the flora and fauna with whom we […]

NASA bids goodbye to planet-hunting Kepler space telescope

Washington: NASA has decided to retire its Kepler space telescope that discovered more than 2,600 planets and ran out of fuel needed for further science operations. Working in deep space for nine years, Kepler discovered planets from outside the solar system, many of which could be promising places for life. The spacecraft will be retired […]

Pluto was erroneously rejected as a planet: Scientists

New York: The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid and is erroneous, scientists argued challenging previously held theories. A team led by Philip Metzger, planetary scientist at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, noted that the basis on which Pluto was rejected as a planet has no support in the […]

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Planet hunting Kepler telescope wakes up again: NASA

Washington: NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has woken up from yet another slumber and begun collecting science data again, the US space agency has said. It began collecting science data on August 29 for its 19th observation campaign. “After being roused from sleep mode, the spacecraft’s configuration has been modified due to unusual behaviour exhibited […]

NASA releases new global maps of Earth at night

Washington: NASA has released its latest global maps of Earth at night, providing the “clearest yet composite” view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. Satellite images of Earth at night — often referred to as “night lights” — have been a tool for fundamental research for nearly 25 years. They have provided […]

India's Gagan Toor suggests winning name for Mercury crater

Washington: Enheduanna, the name suggested by Gagan Toor of India, is one of the winners of a contest to name five new craters on the planet Mercury. Toor chose the name after Enheduanna, a princess of the Sumerian city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Kuwait), the first known poet and author, according […]

New technique to hunt for Earth-like planets

German researchers have developed a new technique that will help astronomers hunt for Earth-like planets around distant stars with ease