Saturday, 28 May, 2022

Topic: Exoplanets

Third planet discovered around Sun’s closest star, Proxima Centauri

The planet named Proxima d orbits Proxima Centauri every 5 days. It's estimated to be just about a quarter of Earth’s mass, making it one of the lightest 'exoplanets'.

When fish do the ‘wave’ to keep predators at bay & bird-like dinosaurs from 100 mn years ago

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

NASA telescope may have just helped find the first planet spotted outside Milky Way

The potential planet is located 28 million light years away, in the Messier 51 (M51) galaxy. It is thought to be the size of Saturn, orbiting its host — a neutron star or a black hole.

US team including 2 teenagers discovers ‘planetary lab’ with a rocky super-earth

The planetary system has been discovered around star HD 108236 that’s just 200 light years away. It could provide insights into planetary evolution.

Rogue planet with similar mass as Earth found floating in the Milky Way

Astronomers estimate that there could potentially be millions of such free-floating rogue planets in every galaxy.

Scientists discover three stars ripping apart their planet-forming disc

The findings, made over 11 years, give us unique insights into planetary formation and evolution.

Unique exoplanets, moonquakes, underground lakes on Mars — the big space stories of 2019

China’s historic moon landing, detection of First Radio Bursts from outer space & interstellar visitors were other big stories from the world of space.

India picks Sanskrit, Bengali names for exoplanet and its host star 340 light years away

As part of a global campaign to name newly discovered planets and stars, Santamasa and Bibha are the names selected by India.

Exoplanet and its host star assigned to India set to get Sanskrit or Bengali names

After shortlisting 5 names each for the exoplanet & the star from over 1,600 suggestions it received, Astronomical Society of India has asked people to vote.

Water vapour discovered on exoplanet 110 light years away

While K2-18b is being called the most habitable planet known, it is unlikely to be able to support life because of its possible gaseous structure.

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Representational image of cryptocurrencies | Pizabay

What are UST & Luna and why the fall of 2 ‘stablecoins’ led to a crypto crash in India

Along with crash in value of UST and Luna coins, Indian market for crypto assets also reeling under strict control imposed by government, with the imposition of TDS on all crypto transactions.


NSA Ajit Doval with NSAs from the other countries at the meeting at Dushanbe, Tajikistan | Photo: Courtesy the NSA's office

NSA Ajit Doval pushes for ‘terror free’ Afghanistan, says India stands with Afghan people

Doval's comments came at 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan attended by national security advisors from Tajikistan, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan & China.

Why it’s obscene to tell Ukraine to give in & how war-upended global balance of power brings openings for India

Global order is in flux, and India is being wooed by all. It opens up economic, strategic & military possibilities unimaginable till recently. It is for India to take this opportunity.