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NASA detects hydrogen gas on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

NASA detects hydrogen gas on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

NASA scientists have announced that the agency’s Cassini spacecraft has detected hydrogen gas in a plume gushing from a liquid water ocean hidden beneath the icy shell of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

Hydrogen is a key energy source for microbial life and its detection in Enceladus’ atmosphere has boosted scientists’ belief that some of Saturn’s moons could be supporting alien life in the form of microbes.

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Canadian scientists share composite image of dark matter

4A---Canadian scientists construct composite image of dark matter

Two Canadian scientists claimed to have constructed a composite a picture of dark matter filaments that supposedly make up the so-called cosmic web.

Scientists believe that the universe may be anything but random and that the whole thing is actually organized and linked to one another in a manner similar to a colossal spider web.

The two scientists from Ontario, Canada-based University of Waterloo made use of a special technique dubbed weak gravitational lensing to construct a composite a picture of dark matter filaments.

Scientists attempting to peer into a black hole

Scientists attempting to peer into a black hole

Massive data collected by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is being sent to two supercomputers in the United States and Germany to help scientists determine if they have captured the very first image of a black hole.

The EHT is a highly ambitious project that links telescopes around Earth to create one planet-sized telescope. It is so efficient that it can count the stitches on a baseball from an altitude of 8,000 miles.

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Massive Image Suggests Galaxies Could be Connected with Dark Matter Web: Research

Massive Image Suggests Galaxies Could be Connected with Dark Matter Web: Research

A massive image captured by astronomers and researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada suggests that galaxies are connected through an intricate web of dark matter. Dark matter hasn’t been clearly understood by astronomers yet and by using gravitational lensing, researchers have been able to figure out a web of dark matter. Gravitational lensing is used to analyze the light coming from distant galaxies. The composite image was created using several images and it suggests that galaxies are tied with a web of dark matter.

April’s spectacular “Pink Moon” to rise this week

April’s spectacular “Pink Moon” to rise this week

The first full moon of this spring, famously called the “Pink Moon,” is set to rise later this week, astronomers have predicted. April’s Pink Moon is also known as the Egg Moon, Easter Moon and Sprouting Grass Moon. It is named after wild pink-color flowers, called wild ground phlox, because these flowers bloom and become widespread across the United States around this time of year.

EarthSky.org also reported that Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, will continue to be in the neighborhood of Spica – the brightest star in the Virgo constellation.

U.S. Air Force’s space chief open to flying on SpaceX’s recycled rockets

U.S. Air Force’s space chief open to flying on SpaceX’s recycled rockets

The U.S. Air Force is open to use private aerospace and space technology firm Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX's) reusable rockets, General John "Jay" Raymond of the Air Force Space Command said.

General Raymond said that SpaceX has proven its ability to successfully use recycled rockets. He also noted that reusable rockets would help a lot in trimming costs of space missions.

Speaking on the topic, he said, "I would be comfortable if we were to fly on a reused booster. They've proven they can do it. ... It's going to get us to lower cost."

Jupiter to be at its closest point to Earth tonight

Jupiter to be at its closest point to Earth tonight

NASA astronomers have predicted that Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system, will reach its point of opposition tonight, 7th of April.

The gaseous giant will position itself in the constellation of Virgo almost in a straight line from the Sun, lighting up brightly in the night sky.

In addition, the planet will be at its closest point to Earth. According to a statement released by NASA astronomers, Jupiter will rise in the east along with the Sun and trudge across the heavens, eventually setting in the west at sunrise.

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NASA astronaut just few days away from setting new record

NASA astronaut just few days away from setting new record

Veteran NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is just a few days away from setting a new record in space – in terms of total cumulative time spent in Earth’s orbit.

Whitson will break the existing record of 534 days on 24th of April, which will mark 535th day in space. Currently, the record is held by astronaut Jeff Williams.

The 57-year-old astronaut recalled that she grew up and sold chickens at an Iowa farm to raise money to pay for her first pilot’s license. She stressed that anyone can pursue and make one’s dreams come true.

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Astronomers trying to capture photograph of a black hole

Astronomers trying to photograph a black hole

An international team of astronomers have embarked on a new project, dubbed the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), to capture the first-ever picture of a black hole.

By their very basic nature, black holes are just impossible to spot as their overwhelming gravity doesn’t allow even light to escape. Scientists know that a massive black hole lies at the core of our galaxy. But they have failed to capture its image till date.

FRBs really coming from outer space: Research

FRBs really coming from outer space: scientists say

The mysterious pulses of radio energy or super-bright flashes called fast radio bursts (FRBs) have been perplexing scientists for the last many years. But, now they are sure at least about one thing, i.e., those pulses are originating from outer space.

Lasting just a few milliseconds, FRBs are around a billion times more luminous than even our Sun, and these flashes seem to be traveling across at really fast speeds covering vast distances.

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