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Massive reservoirs of water may be present on Moon: Study

Massive reservoirs of water may be present on Moon: Study

According to a new study, there could be massive reservoirs of water under the surface of Moon and that could make colonizing of Earth’s only natural satellite for future space exploration easier.

Using data from the Moon Mapping Mission, a team of scientists from the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany searched clues of presence of water in the spectrum of light reflected from the Moon’s surface. They got an idea about which minerals are present under the surface of the Moon’s surface by examining which wavelengths of light are reflected or absorbed by the surface.

Cassini to end its 13-year Saturn mission in mid-September

Cassini to end its 13-year Saturn mission in mid-September

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has reiterated that Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, will end its thirteen-year mission on 15th of September this year.

Cassini will make its last farewell dive between Saturn’s rings and surface on 15th of September and then burn up into ashes while heading straight into the gaseous giant’s overwhelming atmosphere.

The renowned spacecraft will provide real-time data on Saturn system’s atmosphere until it loses contact with scientists on Earth at 4:54 a.m. PDT or 1154 GMT on that fateful day.

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Researchers reveal how snow falling on Neptune might look like

Researchers reveal how snow falling on Neptune might look like

By combining computer models and data provided by the Phoenix Mars Lander, a team of researchers has tried to show Neptune's diamond rain or how snow falling on the rust-colored surface of Mars might look like.

The Phoenix Mars Lander captured snowfall on Mars in 2009 with the help of its laser instrument. A team of researchers led by Aymeric Spiga of the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique in Paris took those observations and applied its expertise in numerical modeling of planetary atmospheres to reveal what a phenomenon that we can not see.

NASA debates how to haul back rocks from Mars

NASA debates how to haul back rocks from Mars

As the U.S. space agency NASA’s 2020 Mars rover mission is approaching near, the best strategy for retrieving rock and dirt from the Red Planet to Earth has become a topic of hot debate and discussion.

The renowned space agency has created a Returned Sample Science Board (RSSB) in order to cope with the scientific, technological as well as policy issues pertaining to the potential robotic venture.

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Perseid meteor shower to peak this Friday night & early Saturday morning

Perseid meteor shower to peak this Friday night & early Saturday morning

The eagerly-awaited annual Perseid meteor shower is all set to reach its peak late Friday night and early Saturday morning, NASA has reiterated.

NASA astronomers have estimated that this year’s Perseid meteor shower will generate nearly 40 to 50 shooting stars streaking across the night sky each hour during its peak.

While usual rates for the Perseid meteor shower are roughly 80 shooting stars per hour, in outburst years like that of last year, the rate jumped to 150 to 200 meteors each hour during the peak.

Telescope-equipped NASA jets to track & capture solar eclipse footage

Telescope-equipped NASA jets to track & capture solar eclipse footage

A team of NASA scientists have retrofitted powerful telescopes to the noses of a couple of research jets to chase and capture the upcoming solar eclipse across the U.S.

The longest time for anyone positioning themselves along the path of “totality” will be just minutes and forty seconds. Thus, scientists don’t want to leave any stone unturned to capture the rare celestial event that will occur on 21st of August.

Perseid meteor shower to peak on August 12

Perseid meteor shower to peak on August 12

NASA astronomers have predicted that the Perseids, one of the most popular meteor showers of the year, will peak on 12th of August.

While typical rates for the shower are roughly 80 meteors or ‘shooting stars’ per hour, in outburst years like 2016, the rate reaches 150 to 200 meteors per hour.

The Perseid shower’s actual peak is expected to take place around 1 p.m. EDT on 12th of August. It means the night before and the night after will also give good rates.

Astronomers detect stratosphere on a distant exoplanet

Astronomers detect stratosphere on a distant exoplanet

A team of American astronomers have discovered evidence for existence of a stratosphere on an exoplanet, a planet outside our solar system.

It may be noted here that a stratosphere is a layer of atmosphere on a planet in which temperature rises with increase in altitude.

The scientists detected the stratosphere on WASP-121b, a planet outside our solar system dubbed a “hot Jupiter,” which is 900 light-years away from Earth.

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Perseid meteor shower to peak on August 12: NASA

Perseid meteor shower to peak on August 12: NASA

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the most popular celestial events, is once again garnering attention worldwide as the ‘shooting stars’ are set to peak soon.

Earth is currently whizzing through debris or particles left over from the Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, marking the start of the Perseids. Scientists have estimated that the Perseids will peak on 12th of August.

Astronomers catch signal from ‘Exomoon’

Astronomers catch signal from ‘exomoon’

Using the powerful Kepler Space Telescope, a team of NASA astronomers has discovered the first known moon beyond our solar system. The astronomers estimated that the “exomoon” is probably equivalent to Neptune in size and mass, and its host planet equivalent to Jupiter in size but with ten times the mass.

The astronomers couldn’t find any predictions of a Neptune-sized moon in the literature, but Dr. David Kipping, assistant professor of astronomy at Columbia University in New York, noted that nothing prevents one in physics.

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