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Only 10 Near-Earth Asteroids May be Suitable for Commerical-Scale Mining

Only 10 Near-Earth Asteroids May be Suitable for Commerical-Scale Mining

There might be companies which have been hoping to mine near-Earth asteroids. But a new research carried out by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge seems to have washed away their hopes.

The research has found that around 10 near-Earth asteroids in the solar system are fit for mining purposes and that too in a cost-effective manner. Dr Martin Elvis is the one who has come up with this revelation and for the same, he has made an equation.

Huge Solar Flares on Sun not Harmful for Life on Earth

Huge Solar Flares on Sun not Harmful for Life on Earth

NASA has announced that not only Americans are experiencing Polar Vertex, the Sun too is experiencing a huge violent weather.

As per information provided by NASA, gigantic solar flares are being produced by a huge sunspot located in the center of the sun. This sunspot is earth facing and expected to be seven times larger than our planet.

NASA has informed that on Tuesday, two huge solar flares were noticed at the gap of few hours. Initially a mid level M7.2 class flare was noticed, while the following solar flare was giant x1.2 class solar event.

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Reusable Space Vehicle Reaches Highest Altitude Yet

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Reusable Space Vehicle Reaches Highest Altitude Yet

In past two supersonic test flights also, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo reusable space vehicle was able to reach at its maximum altitude. This time, which was its third test trial, proved no different and yet again, it reached its highest altitude as planned.

When the craft was first light, it was able to reach the height of 55,000 feet and in the second run, it reached at 69,000 feet respectively. In the third test run, it was able to reach at dizzying 71,000 feet.

New Class of Hypervelocity Stars Moving Quick to Escape the Milky Way Galaxy

New Class of Hypervelocity Stars Moving Quick to Escape the Milky Way Galaxy

An amazing new class of smaller 'hypervelocity stars' have been discovered moving at a speed good enough to escape the gravitational pull of the Milky Way galaxy. The discovery has excited researchers as it was not something they were looking for.

The serendipitous discovery happened when Vanderbilt University graduate student and lead author on the study Lauren Palladino was calculating the orbits of Sun-like stars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to map the Milky Way.

Astronomers Come Up with Most Accurate Measure of Universe

Astronomers Come Up with Most Accurate Measure of Universe

Astronomers have been able to come up with the most accurate measure of the universe. The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) Collaboration, which is the largest program in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III and researchers from the University of Utah have helped in coming up with the measure.

It has been found that the scale of universe has been defined to within 1% accuracy. Terming it to be the most accurate measurement ever been made, BOSS's principal investigator, David Schlegel, said that the revelation will prove quite beneficial.

NASA Scientists Captured Bright Light Bending around Galaxy

NASA Scientists Captured Bright Light Bending around Galaxy

According to a new report, NASA scientists have been able to capture intense space radiation bending around a galaxy. Scientists have analyzed bright light emitting from a source, which is at distance of more than four billion light-years away from earth.

It has been reported that new research has encouraged scientists to make the very first gamma-ray measurement of a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. This new research also acts as a proof to Einstein's general theory of relativity to the scientists.

Turbulent Strom Clouds Circling Brown Dwarfs

Turbulent Strom Clouds Circling Brown Dwarfs

NASA's Spitzer telescope has unveiled that turbulent storm clouds are circling failed stars. The weather report presented at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society organized in Washington DC is not quite positive.

The weather forecast for a brown dwarf has revealed that there will be a rain of molten iron and hot sand. There are possibilities of lightening and hurricanes as well. The weather forecast report is said to be the most detailed one for the world that is outside our Solar System.

Gemini Planet Imager Releases Results of 1st Observation Run

Gemini Planet Imager Releases Results of 1st Observation Run

The Gemini Planet Imager, Earth-based exoplanet hunter, took the pictures of its observation run of Beta Pictoris b. It has now been revealed that the Imager has released the results of the same.

The Imager has been built by an international consortium and is the same, which has put together instruments at the Gemini Southern Telescope in Chile. While talking about the Imager, Bruce Macintosh of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was of the view that it is quite swift.

Astronomers Declared Two Flavors of Earth-Sized Planets -- Rocky or Glassy

Astronomers Declared Two Flavors of Earth-Sized Planets -- Rocky or Glassy

It has been reported by astronomers that earth-sized planets that revolve around stars are either rocky or glassy.

In 1995, scientists found that some of the earth-sized planets revolving around nearby stars are even larger than the size of Jupiter. As per statistical figures, astronomers have discovered 237 of the more than 1,000 planets with the help of NASA's Kepler space telescope.

Supernova Brimming with Freshly Formed Dust: Report

Supernova Brimming with Freshly Formed Dust: Report

According to a new report, researchers have found a large dust mass collected in the central part of ejecta. They have seen the images of this dust overflowing from a relatively young and nearby supernova.

Astronomers have discovered a supernova brimming with freshly formed dust particles with the help of Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope.

They believe this supernova to be primary source of dust, which leads to the formation of galaxies. But, have been unsuccessful in finding out the dust making capabilities of the supernova till now.

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