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An artist's impression of ESA's Solar Orbiter. | Photo: ESA/ATG medialab

Solar Orbiter captures closest photos of Sun ever taken, scientists discover ‘camp fires’

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.
The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope has produced the highest resolution image of the Sun’s surface ever taken

First highest-resolution images of Sun are here, reveal never-seen-before features

Sun’s images captured by Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope located in Hawaii show a desert-like surface divided into discrete gigantic cells, covered with plasma layer.

Crowdfunding helps pull off new space feat – a satellite propelled in orbit by Sun

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to the best sources to read them.
India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off | PTI

Lunar mission in place, ISRO planning to study the sun in 2020

ISRO chairman K Sivan said they are planning to launch Aditya-L1 to study the Sun's corona, and are also considering an interplanetary mission to Venus.
Meteor shower | NPS Photos

Get ready for a special full moon & meteor shower tonight

The winter solstice will occur at 3.53am IST, Saturday. A full moon appearing just after a solstice is not common — the next time this happens will be in 2029.
Artist’s impression of the newly discovered exomoon orbiting the exoplanet Kepler-1625b

First moon outside the solar system found. It’s the size of Neptune

The ‘exomoon’ was found orbiting exoplanet Kepler-1625b — around 4,000 light years away from earth — by two Columbia University astronomers.

When NASA probe kisses the Sun, a star will spill long-held secrets

Why are the fringes of the Sun's atmosphere hotter than the surface? The Parker Solar Probe may tell us.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.