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NASA astronaut coming back to Earth but efforts on to reach Mars

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 11:17
Washington: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly who along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) in March last year will return together to Earth in little more than a week.Kelly paved the way for future missions…

Stars with longest duration stellar eclipse discovered

Saturday, 20 February 2016 16:07
New York: Imagine living on a world where, every 69 years, the sun disappears in a near-total eclipse that lasts for three and a half years. That is just what happens in an unnamed binary star system nearly 10,000 light…

Frozen ocean spotted on Pluto's 'Hulk-like' moon Charon

Saturday, 20 February 2016 13:51
Washington: Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, once had a sub-surface ocean that has long since frozen and expanded - pushing outward and causing the moon’s surface to stretch and fracture on a massive scale, new images from NASA’s New Horizons mission…

Astronomers record rotation of cloudy 'super-Jupiter'

Friday, 19 February 2016 11:59
Washington: In a maiden attempt to decode the rotation of a massive exoplanet, astronomers using Hubble Space Telescope have measured the rotation rate of a cloudy "super-Jupiter" by observing the varied brightness in its atmosphere.The planet called 2M1207b is about…

NASA's Chandra observatory spots oldest light in the universe

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 13:27
Washington: Using the data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered a jet from a very distant supermassive black hole being illuminated by the oldest light in the universe.The discovery shows that black holes with powerful jets may be…

'With gravitational wave detection, we can now listen to the stars'

Friday, 12 February 2016 11:38
Washington: As the momentous news of gravitational waves being detected 100 years after Albert Einstein's prediction broke on Thursday, scientists discussing the significance of the major discovery revealed that this discovery would enable us not just to see the stars,…

Increasing water on land slowing down rising seas

Friday, 12 February 2016 11:34
Washington: While ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt, climate change over the past decade has caused Earth’s continents to soak up and store an extra 3.2 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers -- temporarily slowing…

West Antarctic ice sheet could disappear in next 1,000 years

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 18:07
London: A future warming of the Southern Ocean caused by rising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere may severely disrupt the stability of the West Antarctic ice masses and they may disappear within the next 1,000 years, says a study."Given…

Scientists discover hidden galaxies behind Milky Way

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:17
Sydney: A team of international scientists has discovered hundreds of hidden galaxies hidden from view until now by our own galaxy, the Milky Way, some 250 million light years away from the Earth.The discovery may help explain the mysterious gravitational…

Tracking meteorite is very difficult

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 12:29
Chennai: Even as scientists are studying whether the object that fell from the sky into an engineering college compound in Vellore killing a person is a meteorite, a former senior official of an Indian space agency said tracking meteorites is…