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Australia to witness Blood Moon Eclipse on Wednesday

Australia to witness Blood Moon Eclipse on Wednesday

On Wednesday night, Australians will get a chance to watch a rare total lunar eclipse that turns the moon red. Over the past many years, the rare astronomical event occurred only a few times.

On Wednesday night, the moon will slowly move through earth's shadow, and the sun, moon and earth form a line. The Earth will block all sunlight to the moon. As some amount of light from the sun will be bent around the earth's atmosphere and reflects on moon, and makes it deep red.

The rare incident will be witnessed from Australia.

Aral Sea water level falls to new low: NASA

Aral Sea water level falls to new low: NASA

The level of water in the Aral Sea has rapidly declined over the past few decades and has now fallen to a new low, a series of images captured by NASA's Earth Observatory showed.

The Syr Darya and Amu Darya cut northwest via the desert of Kyzylkum to pool in the basin that created the Aral Sea. In the 1960s, the Soviet Union started diverting water to help people in the dry plains of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in growing crops like cotton.

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Water Vapor found on a Neptune-sized Exoplanet

Water Vapor found on a Neptune-sized Exoplanet

Researchers have discovered water vapors on a Neptune-sized planet that lies outside our solar system. The planet has been named as HAT-P-11b and it is so far the smallest exoplanet ever to be found having water vapors detected on it.

The presence of water vapors on this far-off planet was detected by using combined data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Kepler Space Telescope.

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ISRO Team Hands over MOM’s First Pictures of Red Planet to PM Narendra Modi

ISRO Team Hands over MOM’s First Pictures of Red Planet to PM Narendra Modi

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has released the first images of the Red Planet taken by the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) using its onboard Mars Colour Camera. The ISRO posted the picture on its Twitter handle.

Today, ISRO team members presented the first pictures of Mars to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A team of ISRO scientists including Chairman K Radhakrishnan and ISRO Scientific Secretary V Koteswara Rao flew to the city and presented the pictures to Prime Minister Modi.

Maven reaches Mars to Unravel the Mystery behind its Air

Maven reaches Mars to Unravel the Mystery behind its Air

On Sunday evening, NASA's latest Mars spacecraft, Martian Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven), reached Mars to lift the lid from the secret behind what happened to Red Planet's air.

Mission controllers received a reply from Maven after a 33-minute engine firing at about 10:25 p. m. Eastern time that the spacecraft was in orbit around Mars.

Maven will take six-weeks to turn on and check systems on the spacecraft and to move it to its final orbit. After that the spacecraft will take full measurements of the dynamics of Mars's upper atmosphere.

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Astronomers find Supermassive Black Hole at dwarf galaxy’s center

Astronomers find Supermassive Black Hole at dwarf galaxy’s center

An international team of astronomers has found a supermassive black hole at the center of an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy M60-UDC1.

Astronomers from the University of Utah and their international team of colleague have done the discovery using the Hubble Space Telescope and other instruments. This discovery is unique from the point that it is the smallest galaxy ever found to host one of such enormous light-sucking objects (blackhole).

NASA’s $6.8 billion “Space Taxi “contract awarded to Boeing and SpaceX

NASA’s $6.8 billion “Space Taxi “contract awarded to Boeing and SpaceX

National Aeronautic Space Organization, NASA, announced today that it has awarded contracts to both Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA's partnership with the companies is part of the Commercial Crew Program. The program is intended to help private companies develop spacecraft to carry astronauts into low Earth orbit by 2017.

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UFO over California leaves witnesses, experts totally bewildered

UFO over California leaves witnesses, experts totally bewildered

A recently spotted unidentified flying object (UFO) in the skies above northern California has left witnesses as well as experts totally bewildered.

The UFO was spotted early in the morning (at around 6:00 a. m.) on Friday, September 12. Some of the witnesses described the object as a ball of white light, while some other witnesses said it appeared orange. However, almost all of the witnesses said the light was accompanies by "fog or smoke" that was billowing out behind it the flying object.

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Meteorite Hits Managua Leaves behind Crater of 12 Meters

Meteorite Hits Managua Leaves behind Crater of 12 Meters

Government officials of Managua said that a small meteorite has hit the capital near the international airport on Sunday night. As of now, no injury due to the meteorite has been reported so far.

Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said that it appears as if the meteorite might have broken from an asteroid, which was passing by very close to the Earth. The meteorite left a crater of 12 meter wide (40ft) and was 5- meter deep. Murillo added that international experts have been called to carry out further investigation.

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Europe Launches Two Navigation Satellites

Europe Launches Two Navigation Satellites

According to an announcement by the European Space Agency (ESA), two satellites dubbed 'SAT5 ' and 'SAT6' for Europe's Galileo navigation system, a rival to the American GPS, were successfully launched on Friday from Kourou in French Guyana. It will help boost the Galileo constellation to six orbiters of a final 30.

Now, Europe will finally have its own military satellite capabilities, which will end West's alliance on US satellite intelligence.

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