Sunday, 22 May, 2022
TopicSolar System

Topic: Solar System

A mission to Uranus would be expensive, time-consuming but worth it

Scientists have confirmed over 5,000 planets orbiting stars in other parts of the galaxy. Lack of knowledge about Uranus & Neptune is a limiting factor in understanding planetary science.

Astronomers discover first planet that survived its star’s death, still orbits white dwarf

The planet, situated 6,500 light years away, is like Jupiter in size and relative location. The discovery indicates that some of our solar system's planets could survive the death of the Sun.

Asteroid with shortest orbital period in solar system spotted & human DNA from 7,200 years ago

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

For the first time, scientists ‘see’ black holes swallowing neutron stars

Team of international scientists, including those from India, confirms detecting collisions between black holes and neutron stars by analysing gravitational waves created in January 2020.

Red star Betelgeuse, one of the brightest, not going supernova soon. It just coughed up dust

The bright red star underwent a Great Dimming in 2019-20, prompting some astronomers to speculate if it would go supernova. Findings help us understand giant stars better.

NASA announces two new missions to Venus as it seeks to ‘rediscover the planet’

The VERITAS and DAVINCI+ will aim to understand how and why Venus became supremely hot, even when it shares so many characteristics to Earth.

1,000 yrs for a trip around Sun — scientists map orbit of most distant object in solar system

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

Scientists discover 12 new deep-sea species in the Atlantic Ocean

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week.

In first-ever cosmic game of ‘TAG’, NASA probe successfully touches asteroid to collect samples

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will bring back the rock samples from ancient asteroid Bennu by 2023, which will allow scientists to learn more about the ancient solar system.

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.

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Quad has a sea of challenges. Navy can take cue from a Maratha admiral who sank English ships

Even though Kanhoji’s navy held its own against the English and Portuguese, its fleet never truly modernised. Indian Navy could learn from his tale.
An attendant refills a two-wheeler with fuel at a petrol pump in New Delhi Saturday | ANI

Under fire for spiraling inflation, Modi govt announces excise duty cut on fuels, LPG subsidy

It has also decided to enhance the fertiliser subsidy for farmers, and reduce import duty on some raw materials. ‘It is always people first for us!’ tweets prime minister.


File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.