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German scientists testing world’s largest ‘artificial sun’

German scientists testing world’s largest ‘artificial sun’

German scientists are testing a new device that is being described as the world’s largest “artificial sun” in Juelich, roughly 30 kilometers west of Cologne.

Officially called “Synlight,” the massive honeycomb-like setup of 149 spotlights makes use of xenon short-arc lamps that are normally used in cinemas to simulate natural sunlight that is often in short supply in the country around this time of year.

Supermassive Black Hole Pushed out of Galactic Core by Strong Gravitational Force

Supermassive Black Hole Pushed out of Galactic Core by Strong Gravitational Force

Strong gravitational forces could be behind a super massive black hole moving out of its galactic core at a speed of 4.7 million miles per hour, as per a new research based on data collected using Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomer have noticed a supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy 3C186 being expelled at a fast speed. The 3C186 galaxy observed by astronomers using Hubble Space Telescope is nearly 8 billion light years far from our planet. Hubble images taken in visible and near-infrared light provided the first clue that the galaxy was unusual.

Astronomers notice Supermassive Black Hole Kicked out of Galaxy 3C186’s Center

Astronomers notice Supermassive Black Hole Kicked out of Galaxy 3C186’s Center

Astronomer have noticed a supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy 3C186 being expelled at a fast speed. The 3C186 galaxy observed by astronomers using Hubble Space Telescope is nearly 8 billion light years far from our planet. The supermassive black hole could be as big as 1 billion times of Sun. Astronomers suggest that strong gravitational waves have kicked out the supermassive black hole from the center of galaxy 3C186.

Science-slashing budget will make America weak, sick & stupid: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science-slashing budget will make America weak, sick & stupid: physicist says

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to climate science, health and the arts would make the United States “weak,” “sick” and “stupid,” renowned physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said.

Tyson also alleged that Trump was trying to transform the EPA into the “Environmental Destruction Agency,” which would thwart Earth’s life-support systems.

He further added that ignoring climate change would allow glaciers to melt at a faster rate, flooding the world’s coastal cities in particular.

‘Source X’ responsible for nasty breakup of stars discovered

‘Source X’ responsible for nasty breakup of stars discovered

A team of astronomers led by Kevin Luhman of Penn State University has discovered a pretty nasty breakup of stars in a distant star cluster within the Orion Nebula.

Nearly 540 years ago and 1344 light-years from our planet, a mysterious incident sent two stars speeding off in diverse directions. Astronomers have been observing these strange stars for decades, but they couldn’t figure out the cause behind the nasty breakup.

Europa Lander Project could be Cancelled as NASA faces 0.8% cut in budget

NASA likely to face 0.8% cut in budget

President Trump's administration has announced relatively mild budget cuts for NASA but some ambitious projects have been declined for future funding. As per recently unveiled proposed budget plans by federal agencies, space agency NASA is facing a negligible cut of cut of 0.8 per cent cut in its overall budget.

It is a relatively mild change compared to other federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but even this small reduction in budget would prompt the agency to cancel some of its upcoming missions.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying TV broadcast satellite launched

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying TV broadcast satellite launched

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the direct-to-home television broadcast satellite EchoStar 23 blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A. Powered by nine Merlin-1D engines, the Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT), turned east and started rumbling skyward, making a hurried trek across the Atlantic Ocean to place the satellite into orbit.

The launch was pushed back by nearly half an hour out of concern for unfavorable high-altitude winds. Previously, high winds forced the company to scrub the originally planned launch on Tuesday.

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President Trump Announces Minor Budget Cuts for NASA

President Trump Announces Minor Budget Cuts for NASA

NASA has escaped any major cuts in its budget in the fiscal policy announced by Trump administration. NASA officials and scientific community was concerned about budget cuts that NASA could face under Trump administration but the initial report suggests that NASA can continue with most of its projects. NASA would receive nearly $19.1 billion in top line spending, as per the fiscal policy. This amounts to 0.8 percent cut in NASA spending compared to nearly 31 percent spending cuts announced for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Star and black hole spotted in tight orbital dance

Star, black hole spotted in tight orbital dance

With the help of the Australia Telescope Compact Array, astronomers have discovered a star orbiting a black hole at merely 2½ times the distance between the Earth and Moon. Astronomers have limited information about black holes and the way they function. Many questions have still remained unanswered regarding black holes.

While the star is still at a distance of one million kilometers for the black hole, it is very close in astronomical terms. No star ever before has been discovered so close to a black hole.

Researchers grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions

Researchers grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions

A series of experiments by the International Potato Center (CIP) has revealed that potatoes can grow under atmospheric conditions of Mars, the Red Planet where scientists are trying to establish human colonies.

CIP researchers successfully grew potatoes in simulated Martian conditions. In the second phase of the experiment, which started on Feb. 14 last year, the researchers planted a tuber in an especially designed and constructed CubeSat.

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