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  • Monster planet found orbiting dwarf star: 'surprised' astronomers

    November 2, 2017 9:34 AM 25

    A “monster” planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a faint dwarf star far, far away, surprised astronomers said on Tuesday. The existence of the gassy giant challenges long-standing theories that such a big planet – about the size of Jupiter – cannot be formed around a star so small. Theory had predicted that small stars

  • MoU signed, Oman set to host Mars Analogue Mission in February 2018

    October 31, 2017 3:54 AM 15

    (MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- A memorandum of understanding was signed by the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) and Oman National Steering Committee on Monday at the State Council for hosting the Mars field simulation project, Mars Analogue Mission AMADEE-18 in Dhofar. The simulation exercise will be held in February 2018, by OeWF, in partnership with the Oman National

  • Sorry, That Viral Pic Of India From Space Wasn't Taken On Diwali

    October 23, 2017 10:56 AM 21

    Yesterday, we brought you that much-awaited photo of India, as seen from space on Diwali. As it turns out, though the picture was of India from space, it was actually taken on September 29, twenty days before Diwali. The photo was taken by astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who is aboard the International Space Station right now, and shared by him on Diwali on his verified

  • Nah! Even the latest “Diwali from space” photo is not true

    October 23, 2017 6:54 AM 22

    For years, Whatsapp Uncles have been forwarding that one picture of a psychedelic looking sub-continent, claiming it is India as seen from space during Diwali. NASA’s gift to India, apparently. And just as that meme slowed down, came another one. Last week, Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli tweeted a picture of India, as seen from the International Space

  • A 17-year-old Pakistani is making waves in the world of physics

    October 5, 2017 3:37 PM 26

    KARACHI: A 17-year-old high school student in Pakistan replicated a physics visualization, and developed results that surprised some older scientists, The News reported. Muhammad Shaheer Niazi, as per details revealed by international media, has replicated the phenomenon and presented his work like a professional scientist. The young student developed

  • Last thing comet probe Rosetta saw

    September 30, 2017 1:35 AM 19

    PARIS-Robotic comet explorer Rosetta sent home a last-gasp photo of her target’s rocky facade before crashing into its surface to end a 12-year deep-space odyssey, ground controllers said. Almost a year to the day since Rosetta’s demise on September 30 last year, the European Space Agency (ESA) issued the fuzzy image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

  • When Cassini ended its journey

    September 23, 2017 3:11 PM 24

    The U.S. space agency NASA received final signals from its Cassini aircraft last Friday as it ended a journey of 20 years on September 15, 2017 with a meteor-like plunge into the ringed planet’s atmosphere. In this handout image, the moon Enceladus and the edge of Saturn are seen from the Cassini spacecraft on its descent towards the planet. The spacecraft

  • Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'

    September 20, 2017 2:23 PM 28

    BEIJING: China's programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is "well underway", its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme. The probe will carry 13 types of payload including six rovers, the official Xinhua news agency said. "The Mars exploration programme is well underway," it cited the mission's

  • Watch rare celestial extravaganza where Moon will dance with three other planets tonight

    September 18, 2017 7:29 AM 29

    According to scientists, the moon will first meet Venus followed by first magnitude star Regulus, Mars and Mercury. Researchers explained that rare celestial extravaganza would be clearly visible in the night sky. In a celestial extravaganza, the brightest object in the night sky — Moon will meet three planets within 24 hours on September 18. Astronomers

  • Cassini’s Dead, But Its Science—And The Pursuit Of Alien Life—Lives On

    September 16, 2017 1:02 AM 26

    Cassini’s 20-year run ended Friday in a spectacular plunge into Saturn. But the mission yielded reams of scientific discoveries to be analyzed for decades. If it wasn’t for Cassini, we might never have learned of potential life on Saturn’s moons. The NASA spacecraft’s most staggering discoveries revealed liquid water and active chemistry on Enceladus