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AR 2192 rotates out of Earth’s View

AR 2192 rotates out of Earth’s View

Last month, AR 2192, one of the biggest observed sunspots of all time, had started an amazing solar activity. According to recent reports, the sunspot, about the size of the planet Jupiter, has just rotated out of earth's view. It was the largest recorded sunspot by scientists since 1990.

Recently, the sunspot has also shot off four powerful flares in just four days. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) scientists C. Alex Young and Dean Pesnell, it is still unknown how a sunspot grows this big.

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Comet Siding Spring changes Martian Atmosphere

Comet Siding Spring changes Martian Atmosphere

Space probes orbiting the Red Planet provided information which showed that Comet Siding Spring, which flew by the planet in October, has affected the Martian atmosphere. The comet has spread dust and icy particles on the planet. According to reports, the occurrence of Siding Spring led to thousands of shooting stars in the sky.

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Bright Meteor in South Texas witnessed by many

Bright Meteor in South Texas witnessed by many

Saturday night witnessed a fireball lit up the Texas sky. A dashcam video in San Antonio captured this incident. The video shows that around 8:45pm a bright light streaked across the sky.

Not only hundreds of Texas residents have reported seeing this bright fireball but many people situated far in north till Dallas and also in south till Corpus Christi reported about witnessing the bright meteor. The American Meteor Society stated that it received more than 200 reports from residents of different parts of Lone Star State at almost the same time.

Hubble Telescope’s Captured Images of Unique Debris Disks are Complex

Hubble Telescope’s Captured Images of Unique Debris Disks are Complex

The Hubble space telescope has captured some amazing images of dusty debris disks located around stars aged 10 million years and older stars aged one billion year.

Astronomers have collected the data of a visible light imaging survey of the event. After seeing these images, one would realize how complex these dusty disks are. It seems that these disks are being pulled by gravitational forces from unseen planets orbiting these stars.

Surviving Pilot of SpaceShipTwo Speaks for first time after Tragic Crash

Surviving Pilot of SpaceShipTwo Speaks for first time after Tragic Crash

Virgin Galactic test pilot Peter Siebold who miraculously survived in a tragic crash but his friend and co-pilot Mike Alsbury could not, said that he has no idea how he survived.

After the accident, he was managed to escape but suffered acute injuries on his chest and shoulder. He was immediately hospitalized, but was discharged after three days of hospitalization.

Three crewmembers land safely on Earth after spending 165 days on ISS

Three crewmembers land safely on Earth after spending 165 days on ISS

Three International Space Station (ISS) crewmen returned safely to Earth on Sunday in Kazakhstan. Among the trio who had spent nearly six months on the ISS was the German astronaut Alexander Gerst, the flight engineer of NASA, Reid Wiseman and a veteran Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev.

The three crew members returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz-13M spacecraft, bringing back the results of their 165-day shift in the ISS, which orbits the earth at a height of 418 kilometers (260 miles).

ESA to land 100-kg probe on comet 67P/C-G

ESA to land 100-kg probe on comet 67P/C-G

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will soon make a daring attempt to drop a lander/lab on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G).

The 100-kilogram probe will seek out a small landing site on the surface of the irregular comet that is darker than coal. The first of its kind deep-space rendezvous is laden with risk.

The probe called Philae will detach from its mother-ship Rosetta and make attempt to land on the comet on the approaching Wednesday.

Mysterious Cosmic Gas Cloud ‘G2’ survives Black Hole

Mysterious Cosmic Gas Cloud ‘G2’ survives Black Hole

The survival of a mysterious hydrogen gas cloud that passed up the supermassive black hole at the center of Milky Way galaxy has surprised the astronomers.

The cloud of gas dubbed ‘G2’ was discovered in 2011. According to astronomers, G2 was accelerating fast towards the supermassive black hole at the center of Milky Way and came within 30 billion km of the super-massive black hole near July 4.

ALMA provides exquisite images of Planets’ Birth around an Infant Star

ALMA team shares exquisite images of Planets’ Birth around an Infant Star

For the first time, astronomers have captured images of planets forming around an infant star with the help of ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) radio telescope. The star, HL Tau is located about 450 light years from Earth in constellation Taurus. The research team estimates it to be a million years old and shrouded in a cloud of gas and dust.

The powerful and high-resolution capabilities of ALMA located in the Atacama desert in Chile has revealed astounding details of the planet forming disk around the star and has captured exquisite images of planets' birth.

Curiosity's First Martian Mountain Sample matches Orbital Observation

Curiosity's First Martian Mountain Sample matches Orbital Observation

In late September, NASA's Curiosity rover drilled into a rock outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp. The sample from the target called Confidence Hills within the Pahrump Hills outcrop has led to the mission's first confirmation of a mineral mapped from orbit.

Hematite level in the sample was much more than any rock or soil samples tested earlier by the rover. Hematite is an iron-oxide mineral, which provides hints about early environmental conditions.

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