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An image showing the opposition of Saturn.(Pic courtesy: Nasa)

Saturn to glow brightly in sky on August 1-2: Here's how to watch it

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2021 01:42 PM IST
Saturn is one of the four outer planets, based on the distance from the Sun. These are separated by the inner planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars - by a belt of asteroids. The other three outer planets are Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.
Isar Aerospace plans its initial launch of the first-generation "Spectrum" rocket next year. (Artist's impression / Isar Aerospace)
Isar Aerospace plans its initial launch of the first-generation "Spectrum" rocket next year. (Artist's impression / Isar Aerospace)

Porsche enters 'space race', invests in satellites and rocket technology

Written by Joydeep Bose, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2021 07:58 AM IST
Porsche, with the help of the Munich-based company Isar Aerospace, intends to make headway in the growing market for rocket technology for launching small satellites into Earth's orbit.
The study says changes in the cornea were more evident in patients with neurological symptoms like loss of taste or smell, dizziness, brain fog, neuropathic pain, numbness etc.(Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
The study says changes in the cornea were more evident in patients with neurological symptoms like loss of taste or smell, dizziness, brain fog, neuropathic pain, numbness etc.(Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)

Cornea test can help identify if patients are suffering from long Covid: Study

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2021 10:08 PM IST
  • The study conducted by researchers from Qatar and Turkey found that nerve fibre loss and an increase in key immune cells on the surface of the cornea, could be an identifying feature of long Covid
The asteroid is estimated to be 97m in width and 230 metres in length which will be around the size of four football fields put together. (Representative Image)
The asteroid is estimated to be 97m in width and 230 metres in length which will be around the size of four football fields put together. (Representative Image)

Asteroid 3 times the size of Taj Mahal to whizz past Earth tomorrow

Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 24, 2021 08:12 AM IST
The asteroid is moving towards Earth at a speed of 29,000 kilometre per hour, an average of 8 kilometre per second.
Nasa said the contract for the Europa Clipper mission, scheduled to launch in October 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket, is worth $178 million.
Nasa said the contract for the Europa Clipper mission, scheduled to launch in October 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket, is worth $178 million.

Nasa selects SpaceX for Jupiter moon mission

Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON JUL 24, 2021 05:40 AM IST
Nasa said in the statement that Europa Clipper will conduct a detailed survey of Jupiter's moon and use a "sophisticated suite" of science instruments to probe whether Jupiter's moon has conditions suitable for life.
An artist's impression of the Nasa Mars mission approaching the red planet. (Photo via Nasa)
An artist's impression of the Nasa Mars mission approaching the red planet. (Photo via Nasa)

Mars' core, measured on seismic waves, found to be 'surprisingly' large and thin

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2021 01:43 PM IST
Among other things, the InSight probe has revealed that Mars has an unexpectedly large core, with a whopping 1,830km (give or take 40km) radius -- just over half of the planet’s radius.
This image shows the PDS 70 system, located nearly 400 light-years away and still in the process of being formed.(Photo by Handout / European Southern Observatory / AFP)
This image shows the PDS 70 system, located nearly 400 light-years away and still in the process of being formed.(Photo by Handout / European Southern Observatory / AFP)

First 'moon-forming' disc surrounding exoplanet detected by astronomers

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2021 11:39 PM IST
  • The disc surrounds an exoplanet dubbed PDS 70c, one of two gas giants similar in size and mass to Jupiter that orbit the star PDS 70, nearly 400 light years from our solar system.
Fifty-two years ago on July 20, 1969, humanity stepped foot on another celestial body and into history.
Fifty-two years ago on July 20, 1969, humanity stepped foot on another celestial body and into history.

52 years of Apollo 11 mission: What is it like to be on Moon

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2021 09:52 AM IST
The mission made Armstrong the first person to step on the Moon, while Buzz Aldrin was second as he joined his astronaut friend almost 19 minutes later. The spaceflight was piloted by another Nasa astronaut Michel Collins.
Jeff Bezos, who will fly off to space nine days after Richard Branson was aboard his company Virgin Galactic's rocket plane, said "this isn't a competition." (Reuters Photo)
Jeff Bezos, who will fly off to space nine days after Richard Branson was aboard his company Virgin Galactic's rocket plane, said "this isn't a competition." (Reuters Photo)

'Excited, curious': Jeff Bezos ahead of space trip aboard New Shepard

Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2021 05:43 AM IST
Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark Bezos will be joined in the all-civilian crew by 82-year-old pioneering woman aviator Wally Funk and teenager Oliver Daemen, a recent high school graduate.
The scientists hope that the discovery can spark a revolution in the field of digital technology, such as broken screens of gadgets and other new-age technologies.(Representational photo)
The scientists hope that the discovery can spark a revolution in the field of digital technology, such as broken screens of gadgets and other new-age technologies.(Representational photo)

No more broken mobile screens: Bengal researchers develop self-healing material

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Avik Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2021 08:07 PM IST
The research on the material, that scientists said can repair themselves within milliseconds when fractured, has made it to the coveted Science journal.
The first case of monkeypox in humans was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo(CDC)
The first case of monkeypox in humans was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo(CDC)

Rare but not alarming: All you need to know about monkeypox found in Texas

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 17, 2021 06:58 PM IST
  • Monkeypox belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox. It is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that is characterised by flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes, which gradually progresses to a widespread rash all over the face and body.
Neil deGrasse Tyson said that neither Richard Branson nor Jeff Bezos has actually been put into orbit. (AP Photo)
Neil deGrasse Tyson said that neither Richard Branson nor Jeff Bezos has actually been put into orbit. (AP Photo)

Did Richard Branson really fly into space? Neil deGrasse Tyson weighs in

Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON JUL 16, 2021 10:46 AM IST
Richard Branson went into space aboard his rocket ship on July 11 along with five crewmates beating out his rival Jeff Bezos.
In Greek mythology, Phobos and Deimos are the twin sons of Ares.(NASA/Instagram)
In Greek mythology, Phobos and Deimos are the twin sons of Ares.(NASA/Instagram)

Mars moon or potato? NASA shares image of Phobos

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 14, 2021 10:04 AM IST
  • NASA said that Phobos was discovered in 1877 by American astronomer Asaph Hall, and one popular theory is that it might be a captured asteroid.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has classified this storm as G-1 or 'minor'.(AFP)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has classified this storm as G-1 or 'minor'.(AFP)

'Solar wind is coming': Geomagnetic storm can lead to global power failure

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 13, 2021 11:56 AM IST
  • Geomagnetic storms refer to major or minor disturbances occurring in Earth's magnetosphere due to the efficient exchange of energy from solar winds entering Earth's space environment.
Both Mars and Venus will appear in the western horizon under clear weather conditions just after sunset.(Twitter/BH_AEberhardt)
Both Mars and Venus will appear in the western horizon under clear weather conditions just after sunset.(Twitter/BH_AEberhardt)

Planetary conjunction: Mars, Venus, Moon set to align on July 12-13

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2021 07:28 AM IST
  • Both Mars and Venus are expected to move away gradually after Tuesday. The planetary alignment will be observable only from Earth.
Due to the solar storm, there will be a view of beautiful celestial lighting for the people living at the North or South Pole.(HT Photo)
Due to the solar storm, there will be a view of beautiful celestial lighting for the people living at the North or South Pole.(HT Photo)

Powerful solar storm approaching Earth, can impact GPS, cell phone signals

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 07:58 AM IST
  • According to website Spaceweather.com, the storm that originated from the Sun's atmosphere can have a significant impact on a region of space dominated by Earth's magnetic field.
Representational: SuperLuminous Supernova (SLSNe) is very rare because they generally originate from very massive stars (minimum mass limits is more than 25 times that of the Sun).(File Photo)
Representational: SuperLuminous Supernova (SLSNe) is very rare because they generally originate from very massive stars (minimum mass limits is more than 25 times that of the Sun).(File Photo)

Indian researchers spot rare superluminous supernova

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2021 04:17 PM IST
  • Such kind of supernovae called SuperLuminous Supernova (SLSNe) is very rare. A deep study of such ancient spatial objects can help probe the mysteries of the early Universe, the Union ministry of science and technology said.
The South Korean government plans to reduce nuclear energy to account for 23.9 per cent of the total power generation by 2030 from around 30 per cent in 2020.(Reuters file photo)
The South Korean government plans to reduce nuclear energy to account for 23.9 per cent of the total power generation by 2030 from around 30 per cent in 2020.(Reuters file photo)

South Korea: Nuclear safety watchdog approves operation of new nuclear plant

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Avik Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2021 01:53 PM IST
The approval has been given for the 1,400-megawatt Shin-Hanul No 1, located in the coastal county of Uljin. Yonhap reported the reactor was completed in April but has been non-functional amid a drawn-out safety review, which had started in November 2020.
The research also found out that non-benzodiazepine antispasmodic drugs reduced the intensity of the pain at the two-week mark in patients suffering from acute lower back pain
The research also found out that non-benzodiazepine antispasmodic drugs reduced the intensity of the pain at the two-week mark in patients suffering from acute lower back pain

Muscle relaxants ineffective in reducing lower back pain: Study

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2021 08:46 AM IST
  • The research was carried out in the form of 31 randomised controlled trials involving over 6,500 participants to gauge the effectiveness of prescribing muscle relaxants
Elaborating on the specifications of the robotic arm, the space agency said that the ERA, dubbed a 'smart spacewalker', is light yet powerful.(Photo via ESA)
Elaborating on the specifications of the robotic arm, the space agency said that the ERA, dubbed a 'smart spacewalker', is light yet powerful.(Photo via ESA)

A 'robot arm' is all set for outer space. Here's what you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Avik Roy
PUBLISHED ON JUL 08, 2021 12:12 PM IST
The robot arm will be able to handle multi-tonne payloads with a large range of motion for assembly tasks, the space agency said, adding that this 'smart spacewalker' will serve as the "main manipulator" on the Russian segment of the International Space Station.
The study team found 27 short-duration candidate microlensing signals that varied over timescales of between an hour and 10 days.(Nasa)
The study team found 27 short-duration candidate microlensing signals that varied over timescales of between an hour and 10 days.(Nasa)

Four homeless 'rogue planets' of Earth-mass found near centre of galaxy

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 07, 2021 12:03 PM IST
  • Led by Iain McDonald of the University of Manchester, UK, the study used data obtained in 2016 during the K2 mission phase of NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.
When it arrives a year later, the NASA spacecraft will crash-land on the smaller of the two rocky bodies to see how much the asteroid's trajectory changes.
When it arrives a year later, the NASA spacecraft will crash-land on the smaller of the two rocky bodies to see how much the asteroid's trajectory changes.

Chinese researchers want to send over 20 rockets to deflect asteroids

Reuters | By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 07, 2021 10:37 AM IST
  • China's National Space Science Center cited a recently published study in Icarus, a journal on planetary science.
Solar flares are categorised as A, B, C, M or X--A being the smallest and X being the brightest and largest. (Screengrab from video posted by VideoFromSpace)
Solar flares are categorised as A, B, C, M or X--A being the smallest and X being the brightest and largest. (Screengrab from video posted by VideoFromSpace)

Sun blasts biggest solar flare in 4 years, causes minor radio blackout on earth

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2021 03:51 PM IST
  • The enormous solar flare, which appeared overnight, and disappeared even faster, can be seen emerging from the sun's upper right limb in a video released by Nasa
The researchers found that brain lesions associated with self-reported spirituality map to a brain circuit centred on the periaqueductal grey.(ANI)
The researchers found that brain lesions associated with self-reported spirituality map to a brain circuit centred on the periaqueductal grey.(ANI)

Researchers identify brain circuit for spirituality and religiosity

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2021 05:20 AM IST
  • Researchers said that more than 80% of the global population consider themselves religious and spiritual, but research on the neuroscience of spirituality and religiosity has been sparse.
Time-series models aren’t just great for finding exoplanets, they are also perfect for finding the signals of the most catastrophic events in the universe.(NASA)
Time-series models aren’t just great for finding exoplanets, they are also perfect for finding the signals of the most catastrophic events in the universe.(NASA)

Here's how artificial intelligence helping astronomers learn about the universe

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2021 01:14 PM IST
  • A research by Ashley Spindler from the department of Astrophysics, University of Hertfordshire, has thrown light on this, as reported by news agency PTI.
The image uses observations from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and incorporates data from two very different astronomical investigations. (ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Kalirai, A. Milone)
The image uses observations from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and incorporates data from two very different astronomical investigations. (ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Kalirai, A. Milone)

'Ready for Fourth of July?': Nasa's Hubble telescope shows off cosmic fireworks

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2021 09:42 AM IST
The open star cluster, in all its brilliant flare, is called NGC 330. It is located in the constellation Tucana (the Toucan), about 180,000 light-years away inside the Small Magellanic Cloud, Nasa said.
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)

'We're going big': Nasa's Ingenuity copter to push its limits for next flight

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2021 12:29 PM IST
The Ingenuity helicopter has till now remained close enough to the Perseverence rover on the Martian surface. However, for its next flight, Ingenuity will try to break its own records in distance, time aloft, and groundspeed, Nasa said.
Sirisha Bandla was born in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur and grew up in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo)
Sirisha Bandla was born in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur and grew up in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo)

Andhra born Sirisha Bandla to fly into space aboard Virgin Galactic's flight

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2021 08:49 AM IST
Sirisha Bandla told Space.com last month that the Virgin Galactic flight will last anywhere between approximately 60 and 75 minutes.
Richard Branson will make it to the cosmos before Jeff Bezos, who said he would travel to space on July 20, if the schedule holds. (AFP Photo)
Richard Branson will make it to the cosmos before Jeff Bezos, who said he would travel to space on July 20, if the schedule holds. (AFP Photo)

In race to space, it's Branson's Virgin Galactic vs Bezos' Blue Origin

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2021 07:39 AM IST
Richard Branson "will evaluate the private astronaut experience and will undergo the same training, preparation and flight as Virgin Galactic's future astronauts”, his company has said.
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