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Hubble precisely measures distance to globular star cluster

Hubble precisely measures distance to globular star cluster

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have for the first time precisely measured the distance to one of the oldest objects in the universe -- a collection of stars born shortly after the Big Bang.

Apr 05, 2018, 11:32 AM IST
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope uncovers 'Icarus', the farthest star ever seen

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope uncovers 'Icarus', the farthest star ever seen

The Hubble Space Telescope of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has discovered the farthest star ever seen, named Icarus.The enormous blue star is located over halfway across the universe.

Apr 03, 2018, 11:40 AM IST
ISRO gears up for launch of communication satellite GSAT-6A on March 29

ISRO gears up for launch of communication satellite GSAT-6A on March 29

The satellite will provide a platform for developing technologies such as demonstration of 6m S-Band Unfurlable Antenna, handheld ground terminals and network management techniques.

Mar 23, 2018, 12:43 PM IST
Russian astronomers discover new black hole, dedicate it to Stephen Hawking

Russian astronomers discover new black hole, dedicate it to Stephen Hawking

The newborn black hole, which lies in the Ophiuchus constellation, was spotted two days after Stephen Hawking's demise.

Mar 22, 2018, 11:04 AM IST
Star fly-by disturbed comets of solar system 70,000 years ago

Star fly-by disturbed comets of solar system 70,000 years ago

This discovery was first made public in 2015 by a team of astronomers led by Professor Eric Mamajek of the University of Rochester in the US. 

Mar 21, 2018, 18:12 PM IST
'Mars oceans formed much earlier than thought'

'Mars oceans formed much earlier than thought'

It is also possible that volcanic eruptions created channels that allowed underground water to reach the surface and fill the northern plains.

Mar 20, 2018, 18:06 PM IST
Solar system's first-known interstellar object likely came from a binary star: Study

Solar system's first-known interstellar object likely came from a binary star: Study

The researchers found that rocky objects like 'Oumuamua are far more likely to come from binary than single star systems.

Mar 20, 2018, 15:31 PM IST
NASA's next planet-hunting spacecraft to be launched in April?

NASA's next planet-hunting spacecraft to be launched in April?

The mission will find exoplanets that periodically block part of the light from their host stars, events called transits.

Mar 20, 2018, 13:28 PM IST
Greece launches Hellenic Space Organization, the country's first space agency

Greece launches Hellenic Space Organization, the country's first space agency

Greece has been a member of ESA since 2005 and has invested millions of euros in ESA's research programmes but was one of the few member states lacking a national institution.

Mar 20, 2018, 10:05 AM IST
Flying across Jupiter's clouds, NASA's Juno gets close to a 'rosy' storm – See pic

Flying across Jupiter's clouds, NASA's Juno gets close to a 'rosy' storm – See pic

During the course of its 11th science flyby of the solar system's giant planet, Juno captured a massive close-up view of a storm with bright cloud tops.

Mar 19, 2018, 15:55 PM IST
NASA installs new instrument aboard ISS to measure the Sun's energy

NASA installs new instrument aboard ISS to measure the Sun's energy

TSIS-1 studies the total amount of light energy emitted by the Sun using the Total Irradiance Monitor, one of two sensors onboard. 

Mar 19, 2018, 15:05 PM IST
New AI-based technique identifies 6,000 new craters on the moon

New AI-based technique identifies 6,000 new craters on the moon

Compared to manual counting, the method was able to identify twice as many craters, clocking up the crater count to 6,000.

Mar 19, 2018, 13:01 PM IST
Save the date! ISS Expedition 56 crew members to make their journey on March 21

Save the date! ISS Expedition 56 crew members to make their journey on March 21

The Soyuz spacecraft that will carry the three individuals is scheduled to arrive at the space station on March 23.

Mar 19, 2018, 12:14 PM IST
Stephen Hawking's final research paper could hold clues to prove existence of multiple universes

Stephen Hawking's final research paper could hold clues to prove existence of multiple universes

The paper sets out to prove the idea that our cosmos is only one of many universes.

Mar 19, 2018, 10:33 AM IST
NASA's planet-seeking Kepler space telescope may run out of fuel within several months

NASA's planet-seeking Kepler space telescope may run out of fuel within several months

NASA's Kepler 'K2' mission has already completed 16 campaigns, and this month entered its 17th.

Mar 16, 2018, 12:14 PM IST
NASA remembers scientific legend Stephen Hawking, calls him 'a longtime friend'

NASA remembers scientific legend Stephen Hawking, calls him 'a longtime friend'

The acclaimed British physicist breathed his last in the early hours of Wednesday, March 14.

Mar 15, 2018, 17:10 PM IST
Space travel may cause long-term change in DNA, reveals NASA's Twin Study

Space travel may cause long-term change in DNA, reveals NASA's Twin Study

When retired astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth in March 2016, NASA carried out its Twin Study on him and his twin brother Mark Kelly.

Mar 15, 2018, 15:27 PM IST
Jupiter's iconic 'Great Red Spot' shrinking, but getting taller, says NASA

Jupiter's iconic 'Great Red Spot' shrinking, but getting taller, says NASA

The study confirms that the storm has been decreasing in length overall since 1878 and is big enough to accommodate just over one Earth at this point.

Mar 14, 2018, 15:17 PM IST
Good news for sky gazers! NASA invites public for cloud observation challenge

Good news for sky gazers! NASA invites public for cloud observation challenge

NASA in collaboration with GLOBE Programme is inviting all the cloud gazers across the world to take part in the citizen science cloud observation challenge.

Mar 14, 2018, 15:03 PM IST
Out-of-control Chinese space station photographed as it plunges towards Earth – See pic

Out-of-control Chinese space station photographed as it plunges towards Earth – See pic

Analysts have claimed that the 8.5-tonne module could smash into the American state of Michigan on April 3.

Mar 14, 2018, 13:35 PM IST