Tag Archives: astronomy

Top Israeli Dan David Prize 2017 Goes to Astrophysicist Shrinivas Kulkarni

Indian astrophysicist Shrinivas Kulkarni has been named for Israel’s prestigious Dan David prize this year, making him share the honour along with other Indian recipients such as author Amitav Ghosh, music conductor Zubin Mehta and scientist CNR Rao. Kulkarni is currently a professor of astrophysics and planetary science at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, US and his contribution ...

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Zodiac Sign Changed with 13th Ophiucus? NASA Too Roped In Now

It was almost five years ago in January 2011 that the global online media went agogue over the 13th Zodiac sign, which proved false and mere a hoax. Now simiar move tweaked a little is going viral on social media and in Whatsapp saying NASA changed the Zodiac Signs with the 13th one called Ophiuchus and those born in October-November ...

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Space Engineers Develop New Spectrometer to Determine Age of Rocks on Moon

After successfully using Raman Spectroscopy to find life on Australian ancient rocks and vying to find similar traces of alien life on Mars, astro-engineers are now developing new instruments to measure the age of rocks on the Moon and other planets based on laser ablation resonance ionisation mass spectrometry. Currently, several techniques used to measure the age are not practical ...

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Stephen Hawking Joins Russian Jewish Billionaire to Search for Aliens

London-based physicist Stephen Hawking has joined Russian Jewish billionaire Yuri Milner’s mega, first ever project in the world to trace and decode signals from aliens using two largest and powerful telescopes in the world. The $100-million, 10-year project was kicked off on Monday to search for the intelligent life in the universe with Milner outlining the “Breakthrough Listen” program’s aim ...

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NASA Gets Exact Position of Saturn, 50 Times More Accurate Than Before

NASA scietists have succeeded to pinpoint the exact position of Saturn and its moons to within about 4-km range that will pave the way for future exploration of the Saturn’s orbit and the feat was achieved by pairing NASA’s Cassini spacecraft with the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio-telescope. The newly-found measurement is 50 times more precise ...

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The Role of Thread-Like Filaments in Evolution of Galaxy

An international team of researchers discovered that thread-like "filaments" in the cosmic web play an important role in the evolution of galaxies like our Milky Way. The cosmic web is a large-scale web-like structure comprising galaxies and the filaments are like bridges connecting the denser regions in the cosmic web. "We think the cosmic web, dominated by dark matter, formed ...

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Two Moons Visible Tonight Turns Hoax, Disappoints Many

Two moons wonder tonight is a hoax as many sky watchers realized that it was not going to happen, despite typical annual rumours to the effect in the month of August. But the social networking sites are abuzz with the phenomenon, increasing readers’ interest in such stories. The message initally began spreading on facebook and Twitter saying “On 27th August ...

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