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Kepler Finds 219 Exoplanets and 10 out of them could be habitable: NASA

Kepler Finds 219 Exoplanets and 10 out of them could be habitable: NASA

A team of astronomers working with Kepler Space telescope has found 219 new exoplanets. NASA released a list of 219 exoplanets discovered by astronomers over a period of four years using Kepler Space Telescope. 10 exoplanets among the latest list are in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone and their size is comparable to that of our planet Earth. These planets can support water in liquid form on their surface as they orbit at a suitable distance from their host star. Presence of water in liquid form is one of the main conditions for any exoplanet to support life.

China launches X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars

China launches X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars

China’s recently launched X-ray space telescope will enable scientists to observe and learning about pulsars, gamma-ray bursts and black holes.

The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope was launched using a Long March-4B rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, which is located in the northwest the Gobi Desert, at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

The cutting-edge space telescope is expected to help scientists better understand the evolution of black holes, gamma-ray bursts and the interiors of pulsars.

China’s Micius Mission Sets New Grounds in Quantum Science

China’s Micius Mission Sets New Grounds in Quantum Science

China launched Micius satellite last August from the Gobi desert and the project has broken an important quantum physics record by beaming entangled photons from space to our planet. The satellite has been successful in beaming entangled photons nearly 300 miles away from Earth to two receiving stations. The idea has been theorized for quite some time but this is the first time that it has been tested by Micius mission. The two base stations are separated by the distance of 1,200 kilometers and the research team was able to separate the entangled photon pairs.

Russian supply ship on the way to ISS

Russian supply ship on the way to ISS

A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying the Progress MS-06 supply ship flawlessly blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday for a two-day rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS).

The unmanned space freighter lifted off from Site 31 at 5:20 a.m. EDT yesterday (3:20 p.m. local time) and was released into the preliminary orbit in less than 9 minutes after the launch.

Solar system’s oldest planet is Jupiter: Research

Solar system’s oldest planet is Jupiter: Research

An international team of researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory claimed to have found evidence suggesting that Jupiter, the fifth planet from the Sun, is the oldest planet in the solar system.
As per the new study, Jupiter likely came into existence merely one million years after the Sun formed, and roughly fifty million years before our Earth came into existence.

All stars are born in pairs: Research

All stars are born in pairs: Research

Our sun had a twin, though not an identical twin, when it was born nearly 4.5 billion years ago, a team of researchers from UC Berkeley and the Harvard University’s Smithsonian Astrophysical has suggested.

A new analysis of available data by theoretical physicist Steven Stahler of UC Berkeley and astronomer Sarah Sadavoy from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory suggested that all stars are born in pairs.

NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth

NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth

NASA’s Van Allen probes have revealed human activities are not having physical and chemical impacts on Earth’s environment, but also on radio frequencies extending out into space.

After analyzing data captured by the probes, NASA scientists concluded that very low frequency (VLF) radio communications make interactions with particles in space, forming an artificial barrier that can block high-energy particle rays from space.

VLF communications are mainly used to communicate with submarines across massive distances in the ocean from very powerful ground stations.

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DSCOVR camera captures mysterious light flashes: NASA

DSCOVR camera captures mysterious light flashes

The powerful camera on board NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) has captured hundreds of flashes of light coming from above our planet’s surface that scientists say are caused by sunlight reflecting off minute ice particles.

Launched in 2015, DSCOVR is an Earth and space weather satellite. Its camera captured the flashes of light that occurred hundreds of times over the extent of a year.

The eagle-eyed instrument captures images of Earth almost hourly from a location between the plant and its host star.

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Astronomers detect water in Neptune-sized exoplanet’s atmosphere

Astronomers detect water in Neptune-sized exoplanet’s atmosphere

Astronomers have detected lots of water in the atmosphere of HAT-P-26b, a Neptune-sized exoplanet that is located far outside of our solar system.

Discovered in 2011 and orbiting a sun that is twice as old as our own host star, HAT-P-26b is equivalent in size as Neptune, which has a hydrogen-helium atmosphere. However the exoplanet is warmer than Neptune as it orbits its host star more closely than Neptune does.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 set to carry Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite into space

SpaceX Falcon 9 set to carry Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite into space

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is all set to launch a communications satellite for Inmarsat of London from the Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on coming Monday, 15th of May.

The private-sector space firm is targeting a fifty-minute launch window that will open at 7:20 p.m. EDT or 23:20 GMT tomorrow.

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