Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Topic: space

See Saturn, Jupiter ‘come together’ today in rare space event last seen 400 years ago

People will be able to view with the naked eye the great conjunction of Jupiter & Saturn, when the 2 planets will 'merge' into a bright spot, as their orbits cross paths Monday.

UK’s space partnership with India takes flight with launch of 36 satellites

The partly state-owned OneWeb network, a startup the UK bailed out with the Indian billionaire Sunil Mittal, will compete with Elon Musk to offer broadband internet from space.

Scientists find explanation for Blue Ring Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas, after 16 years

The mysterious Blue Ring Nebula seems to have formed from the collision of a smaller star into a larger one, and the release of two dust cones.

How solutions found for space garbage could help fix the plastic problem on Earth

Agencies advise capturing space waste with harpoons, nets or robotic arms and bring it it back to Earth in one piece, a process that can be replicated to gather plastic in the ocean.

Scientists create the world’s fastest camera that can record UV-range photons in real time

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

Jurassic Park & scientists have it wrong, giant dino Spinosaurus was probably a river monster

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

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.

Scientists have taken the world’s biggest photo ever, and it’s of a cauliflower

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

This is how govt plans to bring together ISRO, private players to boost India’s space sector

ISRO Thursday announced more details about IN-SPACe and the specific roles opening up for the private industry to increase public-private partnership.

Catch a comet sighting in India as NEOWISE remains visible through July into August

The comet is visible right before sunrise for the next couple of days, and post sunset afterwards.

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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.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

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.


(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.