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Yutu Experiencing Mechanical Problems, might not Complete its Mission

Yutu Experiencing Mechanical Problems, might not Complete its Mission

China has revealed that its foremost lunar rover, known as Jade Rabbit or 'Yutu' is facing certain mechanical glitches that may bring the rover to end the mission much earlier. This could be heartbreaking for scientists and space enthusiasts in China. The news related to the problems with Jade Rabbit was all over the newspapers on Monday.

One of the Closest Supernovas to Earth in Recent Decades Discovered

One of the Closest Supernovas to Earth in Recent Decades Discovered

Students and faculty at the University of London Observatory have discovered one of the nearest supernovas to Earth in recent decades.

Dr. Steve Fossey said that the students have found the exploding star in galaxy Messier 82. The discovery led a 10-minute telescope workshop change into a several hours of efforts to know more details of the star.

Due to the cloudy weather, Dr. Fossey changed the lesson plan from taking practical astronomy class to give demonstration of how to use the CCD camera on one of the telescopes of the observatory.

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NASA Team Scans Mysterious White Rock in the Way of Opportunity Mars Rover

NASA Team Scans Mysterious White Rock in the Way of Opportunity Mars Rover

According to a new report, scientists are puzzled on seeing a mysterious rock in the images sent by the NASA's Opportunity rover of its work area, while preparing to use its robotic arm for science investigation. They are surprised with the fact that the mysterious white rock was not visible in the images sent by the rover about two weeks earlier.

Milky Way Formed Inside Out: Astronomers

Milky Way Formed Inside Out: Astronomers

After concluding on a recent research, European astronomers are of the view that evidence indicates that the Milky Way expanded out from its center and was formed inside out.

In this research, scientists used a European Southern Observatory telescope in Chile. The researchers found that old star inside the solar circle contain high magnesium levels and in this area around the Milky Way's center had more of young dying stars.

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James Webb Telescope 100 Times More Powerful than Hubble

James Webb Telescope 100 Times More Powerful than Hubble

A trillion-dollar spending bill is likely to make its way to massive spending on Science on Wednesday. The spending bill also includes the NASA's top priority to replace Hubble telescope with the James Webb telescope being built in Maryland at the Goddard Space Center.

This is important from the perspective of gaining better insight into stars and galaxies. Webb is much better than the Hubble as it is 100 times powerful and can gather information about stars and galaxies four times father than the moon.

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.

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