Wednesday, 17 August, 2022
TopicAstrophysics

Topic: astrophysics

SM Chitre, stalwart astrophysicist who once shared office with Stephen Hawking, dies at 84

A Padma Bhushan recipient, Shashikumar Madhusudhan Chitre was a former senior professor at TIFR and ex-president of the Astronomical Society of India.

There’s a 2nd kind of fusion happening in the Sun, scientists confirm through neutrinos

The detection of these neutrinos shows that while the Sun is primarily powered by proton fusion, bigger & hotter stars are powered by ‘CNO cycle’ fusion.

In Venus’ clouds, scientists find gas that suggests life, but say it’s hint, not evidence

The researchers behind the finding, from US, UK and Japan, claim to have detected the gas phosphine in Venus atmosphere. The study has been published in Nature Astronomy.

Astrophysicists spot biggest black hole collision so far, and a mystery begins to unfurl

The black hole collision was observed by the LIGO and Virgo collaborations, which involve nearly 1,000 scientists working around the globe.

Scientists discover familiar gas molecule on newly-named interstellar comet 2I/Borisov

The discovery of gas molecules suggests the possibility of directly observing and understanding what objects from other star systems are made of.

The world gets its first look at a black hole. Here’s how we got there

The black hole is located at the centre of the Messier 87 galaxy. It is 6.6 billion times the mass of the sun, and is located 53.5 million light years away.

In a first, scientists photograph how a (dead) star is born

Scientists may have just captured the birth of the objects left behind when a star explodes.

There was no limit to Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist S Chandrasekhar’s genius

Chandrasekhar's work on stars and black holes yielded several honours but he struggled with opposition from senior scientists to 'Chandrasekhar limit'.

Pune telescope hailed for discovering one of farthest known galaxies

The Giant Metre-wave Radio Telescope has singularly detected several record-breaking objects.

Look up to see celestial fireworks tonight, Persied meteor shower set to peak

One of the three strongest meteor showers, Perseids will be visible all over India and seen throughout the night.

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Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar with Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav | ANI File Photo

Operation Lantern fails to light up in Bihar. And BJP in search of a Brahmin face in UP

The no-fuss change of government in Bihar, without horse-trading or MLAs in resorts, has prompted a coalition partner to request the CM to make arrangements for a trip to a hill station.
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Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

Defence

(From left) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken after the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, in Washington, 12 April, 2022 | Credit: ANI Photo/ PIB

USAF secy needs Pentagon escort but Indian attaché doesn’t — that’s how deep India-US ties are

Frank Kendall, Secretary of the US Air Force, says the unescorted access to Pentagon for Indian defence attaché 'is aligned with the trust and cooperation we share'.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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