Friday, 2 December, 2022
TopicAstrophysics

Topic: astrophysics

With 3 golds, 2 silvers, India wins 3rd spot at International Astronomy & Astrophysics Olympiad

The week-long event in Georgia, which concluded last Sunday, saw the participation of 209 students. All the five participants from India won a medal at the competition.

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.

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Prannoy Roy in Abu Dhabi

You can call NDTV elitist, anglicised. But it defended democracy, gave us Ravish Kumar

In all these years of covering elections on NDTV, I do not recall a single occasion when I was asked or even hinted to say or not say something. I disagreed with Prannoy Roy off-screen and on-screen and that was never a problem.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.