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World’s Largest Optical Telescope’s Construction Begins at Chile

The world’s largest optical telescope, the European Extremely Large Telescope (EELT), is being built in Chile which is emerging as the future capital of space monitoring infrastructure. The E-ELT will be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the world and will gather 13 times more light than the largest optical telescopes existing today. The E-ELT will be able to correct for ...

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114 Earth-Like Planets Found, Possibly Supporting Life or Aliens

Astronomers from the University of Hertfordshire in England said they were astonished when found 60 new planets orbiting stars near the Earth’s own solar system, while another 54 planets were also found nearby, bringing the total number of potential planets to 114, which they believe have the potential to support life system or could be hosting aliens already. Dr Mikko ...

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Indian-Origin Scientist Solves 10-year-old Mystery Over Fast Radio Busts From Universe

An Indian-origin scientist and his team from Cornell University found the origin of mysterious busts of radio waves from the cosmological source to more than 3 billion light-years away. The “fast radio bursts”, which puzzled space scientists for over ten years, were previously thought to have had emanated from within the Milky Way galaxy, but the astronomers now confirm that ...

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3 New Astronauts Set Sail to International Space Station

International Space Station Expedition 48/49 astronaut Kate Rubins of NASA, Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Takuya Onishi. Credits: NASA

Three astronauts, one each from NASA, Roscosmos and JAXA have set their space journey with the launch of Russian Soyuz MS-01 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 9:36 p.m. EDT Wednesday. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ...

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Perfect ‘Einstein Ring’ 10000 Light Years Away Discovered

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The phenomena of an Einstein ring that was predicted by Einstein’s theory of General Relativity but remained a mystery has recently been discovered by researchers. An Einstein ring is a distorted image of a very distant galaxy, which is termed “the source” that produces the bending of the light rays due to a massive galaxy, termed “the lens”, lying between ...

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ISRO to Open Space Park in Bengaluru Next Month, Second One at Sriharikota in Pipeline

Indian Space Research Organisation is all set to open a 100-acre Space Park in Bangalore for the private industry to set up manufacturing base of space satellites and sub-systems required for burgeoning space business, while another is being planned near sriharikota, to be in the vicinity of India’s prime Spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. Speaking at the 103rd Indian Science Congress ...

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All Set for ISRO’s ASTROSAT Launch Next Monday, Sept. 28

ISRO is all set to launch its nex ambitious indigenous astronomy satellite ASTROSAT on September 28 from Sriharikota buoyed with its success of Mars orbit mission or Mangalyaan, which is likely to go on far more than its earlier target of 6 months. The ASTROSAT satellite, weighing 1.5 tons, will be launched via Indians Space Research Organisation (ISRO) workhorse PSLV-C30 ...

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NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Confirms Neon on Moon Surface For Sure

A speculation for decades that the moon’s thin atmosphere contains neon, which is known for use in electric signs on Earth with its typical characteristsics of intense glow has come true finally with NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft confirming the existence of the gas for the first time. The speculation has been there since the Apollo ...

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Hubble Locates a New Gem in Space

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which is running its 25th year in the space currently, spotted a little gem – a planetary nebula, there. The planetary nebula known as “NGC 6818” or “Little Gem Nebula” is an intergalactic cloud of dust, helium, hydrogen and many other ionized gases. It is situated in the constellation of Sagittarius also called “The Archer”, ...

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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’s Spitzer Telescope Finds Distant Planet, Using Microlensing Technique

NASA’s spitzer telescope has found a gas planet as far away as 13,000 light years away, the distant celestial body known in the category, called ‘Ogle-2014-BLG-0124Lb’. The gas giant planet is thought to be half the mass of Jupiter. Underlining the spitzer telescope discovery, scientists said Spitzer can be used further to see how planets are distributed throughout the spiral-shaped Milky ...

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Future Power Source? China Plans Masive Solar Power Station in Sky

What science fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote in his 1941 short story “Reason” speculating space stations to transmit energy to Earth using microwave beams may become a reality soon, if Chinese scientists have their way to build ambitious solar-power generating station somewhere up in the sky. Wang Xiji, a scientist who had spent 50 years on the concept at the ...

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Nitrogen, Water Traces on Mars Show Life Was Possible in Ancient Red Planet

The nitrogen sample analysis of Curiosity findings could have made it possible for life organism to survive on Mars. Since the nitrogen found on Mars doesn’t show any evidence of life as the surface of Mars is inhospitable for living organism, the researchers believe that the nitrates found on Mars are ancient, and could have come from non-biological processes like meteorite impacts ...

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Scientists reveal ocean acidification from space

In a technology that can revolutionise the way marine biologists and climate scientists study the ocean, British scientists have revealed ocean acidification from space. The new approach offers remote monitoring of large swathes of inaccessible ocean from satellites that orbit the Earth some 700 km above our heads. "Satellites are likely to become increasingly important for the monitoring of ocean ...

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ALMA Telescope Data Shows How Some Galaxies ‘Burst’ ?

Some galaxies “burst” and to know the reason, a team of astronomers have dissected a cluster of star-forming clouds at the heart of NGC 253 and found that they are 10 times denser and far more turbulent than similar clouds in normal spiral galaxies. Starburst galaxies explode and transmute gas into new stars at a dizzying pace of up to 1,000 ...

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