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According to scientists, the days are on average about 0.5 seconds shorter than 24 hours.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Earth is spinning faster. Here’s what scientists are saying

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:22 PM IST
The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) in Paris announced in July last year that no “leap second” would be added to the world’s official timekeeping in December 2020.
Pointed gourds take the place of leather jars in a sketch based on the tale of Alibaba and the 40 Thieves.(Photos courtesy @DeviMenon)
Pointed gourds take the place of leather jars in a sketch based on the tale of Alibaba and the 40 Thieves.(Photos courtesy @DeviMenon)

Art on a chopping board: An Insta series celebrates unsung heroes of the kitchen

Hindustan Times | By Paramita Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 08:28 PM IST
Devi Menon casts pointed gourds in the tale of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, turns methi leaves into a divine canopy. Take a look at her whimsical series of art works.
This picture from shows an Atlas Centaur 7 rocket and was taken in 1966.(AP)
This picture from shows an Atlas Centaur 7 rocket and was taken in 1966.(AP)

Astronomers confirm mystery object temporarily orbiting Earth is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid

Cape Canaveral, Florida | By Associated Press | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2020 12:19 AM IST
The object was classified as an asteroid after its discovery in September. But NASA’s top asteroid expert, Paul Chodas, quickly suspected it was the Centaur upper rocket stage from Surveyor 2, a failed 1966 moon-landing mission.
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Chang'e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.(AP)
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Chang'e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.(AP)

China’s space ambitions: Robot on Mars, a human on the moon

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 03:01 PM IST
The Chang’e 5, the first effort to bring lunar rocks to Earth since the 1970s, collected samples on Wednesday, the Chinese space agency announced. The probe landed Tuesday on the Sea of Storms on the moon’s near side.
Image of Jupiter captured by Nasa’s Juno Mission (representational image).(Twitter/@NASAJPL)
Image of Jupiter captured by Nasa’s Juno Mission (representational image).(Twitter/@NASAJPL)

For first time in nearly 800 years, Jupiter and Saturn will look like ‘double planet’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 07:08 PM IST
According to Rice University astronomer Patrick Hartigan, two of the largest planets of our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, will appear close and will look like a ‘double planet’.
The clip has gathered more than 1.7 million views.(Twitter@AstroVicGlover)
The clip has gathered more than 1.7 million views.(Twitter@AstroVicGlover)

Astronaut shares his first video of Earth taken from space. Watch viral video

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 10:38 AM IST
Victor Glover is presently on SpaceX Crew Dragon and a resident of the International Space Station.
Mumbai, India - Oct. 30, 2020:Blue full moon seen from Ghatkopar as flight land at Mumbai airport in Mumbai, India, on Friday, October 30, 2020. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Mumbai, India - Oct. 30, 2020:Blue full moon seen from Ghatkopar as flight land at Mumbai airport in Mumbai, India, on Friday, October 30, 2020. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

China to launch moon probe, seeking first lunar rock retrieval since 1970s

Beijing | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2020 11:58 AM IST
The Chang’e-5 probe, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, will seek to collect material that can help scientists understand more about the moon’s origins and formation.
The mission on November 10 beamed up the world’s first live video from Challenger Deep.(Reuters file photo)
The mission on November 10 beamed up the world’s first live video from Challenger Deep.(Reuters file photo)

Explorers livestream footage from Earth’s deepest underwater valley

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 06:34 AM IST
The “Fendouzhe”, or “Striver”, descended more than 10,000 metres (about 33,000 feet) into the submarine trench in the western Pacific Ocean with three researchers on board, state broadcaster CCTV said.
NASA explained why Moon is Earth’s BFF and always had the Blue Planet’s back.(Twitter/@NASA)
NASA explained why Moon is Earth’s BFF and always had the Blue Planet’s back.(Twitter/@NASA)

NASA tweets that Moon is Earth’s ‘protective BFF’. Here’s why

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 11:48 AM IST
The blog explained that about 4 and half billion years ago, the surface of the Earth was a “menacing hot mess”.
SOFIA’s infrared observations offer an unparalleled view of star chemistry. When visible light is spread into its component colours, a rainbow appears.(AFP)
SOFIA’s infrared observations offer an unparalleled view of star chemistry. When visible light is spread into its component colours, a rainbow appears.(AFP)

Massive stars are factories for ingredients to life

Maryland (US) | By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 10, 2020 02:27 PM IST
A similar process likely happened during the formation of the Sun and the inner rocky planets of our solar system, including Earth. The results are published in the Astrophysical Journal.
View of Shaldhar geothermal spring in Garhwal Himalayas(Credit: Wadia Institute/HT Photo)
View of Shaldhar geothermal spring in Garhwal Himalayas(Credit: Wadia Institute/HT Photo)

Over 70 hot springs identified in Uttarakhand and HP for power generation

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Suparna Roy | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 04:51 PM IST
Several of these hot springs have the potential of producing electricity at a reduced production cost, say experts.
This artistic illustration depicts the Venusian surface and atmosphere, as well as phosphine molecules. These molecules float in the windblown clouds of Venus at altitudes of 55 to 80 km, absorbing some of the millimetre waves that are produced at lower altitudes. They were detected in Venus’s high clouds in data from the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, in which ESO is a partner.(via REUTERS)
This artistic illustration depicts the Venusian surface and atmosphere, as well as phosphine molecules. These molecules float in the windblown clouds of Venus at altitudes of 55 to 80 km, absorbing some of the millimetre waves that are produced at lower altitudes. They were detected in Venus’s high clouds in data from the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, in which ESO is a partner.(via REUTERS)

Venus, named for the goddess of love, is no cuddly place

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 04:22 PM IST
Scientists have spotted evidence of potential life on the planet Venus, though they emphasized that more work needs to be done to confirm whether or not life - possibly aerial microbes - exists or whether there is an alternative non-biological explanation for their findings.
A Long March-5 rocket carrying the Tianwen-1 Mars probe lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province.(AP)
A Long March-5 rocket carrying the Tianwen-1 Mars probe lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province.(AP)

China says Mars probe stable; no word on reusable spacecraft

Beijing | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2020 02:21 PM IST
The administration said that Tianwen-1 was in stable condition, having completed its first mid-course orbital correction early last month.
NASA’s space telescope gives a taste of dreaminess in latest picture(Instagram/nasa)
NASA’s space telescope gives a taste of dreaminess in latest picture(Instagram/nasa)

Pocketful of stars: NASA’s space telescope gives a taste of dreaminess in latest picture

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 12:02 PM IST
NASA’s latest picture from Hubble Space Telescope promises a feeling of refreshing tranquility and that is all the escapism we need this weekend
An activist holds a placard during a "rise up for change" national day of protest and action against climate change in Lausanne, Switzerland.(REUTERS)
An activist holds a placard during a "rise up for change" national day of protest and action against climate change in Lausanne, Switzerland.(REUTERS)

Build-up of greenhouse gases hits new record despite lockdowns: UN report

London | By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 06:10 PM IST
The sharp, but short, dip in emissions earlier this year represented only a blip in the build-up of climate-warming carbon dioxide.
To date, 200 impact craters have been investigated and confirmed on Earth using fieldwork, geophysics, satellite data. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
To date, 200 impact craters have been investigated and confirmed on Earth using fieldwork, geophysics, satellite data. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Origin of life: Scientists study if meteorites helped create life on Earth and beyond

Ontario [Canada] | By Asian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 04:24 PM IST
By exploring Mars with rovers like Perseverance and ExoMars, scientists believe planetary scientists might eventually figure out the origin of life.
The findings are surprising because the Earth’s building blocks are often presumed to be dry, the researchers said. (Representational Image)(NASA via Unsplash)
The findings are surprising because the Earth’s building blocks are often presumed to be dry, the researchers said. (Representational Image)(NASA via Unsplash)

Earth may have had water content ever since it formed: Study

London | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 02:07 PM IST
Scientists noted that enstatite chondrites are entirely composed of material from the inner solar system -- essentially the same stuff that made up the Earth originally.
During the Ice Age, which lasted from about 115,000 to 11,000 years ago, large mammals well adapted to a cold climate such as the mammoths, mastodons, woolly rhinos and saber-toothed cats roamed the landscape. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
During the Ice Age, which lasted from about 115,000 to 11,000 years ago, large mammals well adapted to a cold climate such as the mammoths, mastodons, woolly rhinos and saber-toothed cats roamed the landscape. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Scientists calculate Earth’s Ice Age temperatures, and how low did it go

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 01:02 PM IST
The average global temperature during the period known as the Last Glacial Maximum from roughly 23,000 to 19,000 years ago was about 46 degrees Fahrenheit (7.8 degrees Celsius), some 13 degrees Fahrenheit (7 Celsius) colder than 2019, the researchers said on Wednesday.
The light was seen using “AstroSat”, India’s first multi-wavelength satellite.(Unsplash (Representative image))
The light was seen using “AstroSat”, India’s first multi-wavelength satellite.(Unsplash (Representative image))

Astronomers led by Iucaa team detect UV light from galaxy 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Dheeraj Bengrut, Pune
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 06:12 PM IST
The discovery was made by a team, led by Dr Kanak Saha, associate professor at Iucaa and the paper has been published on Monday by Nature Astronomy.
A supernova, on the other hand, delivers a one-two punch, the researchers said. The explosion immediately bathes Earth with damaging UV, X-rays and gamma rays. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
A supernova, on the other hand, delivers a one-two punch, the researchers said. The explosion immediately bathes Earth with damaging UV, X-rays and gamma rays. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Earth’s mass extinction could have been caused by exploding stars

Washington D.C. [USA] | By Asian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 08:48 PM IST
Fossil evidence indicates a 300,000-year decline in biodiversity leading up to the Devonian-Carboniferous mass extinction, suggesting the possibility of multiple catastrophes, maybe even multiple supernova explosions.
An SUV-size asteroid set the record this past weekend for coming closer to Earth than any other known NEA.(NASA)
An SUV-size asteroid set the record this past weekend for coming closer to Earth than any other known NEA.(NASA)

NASA spots tiny asteroid buzzing by Earth, it’s the closest flyby on record

Washington D.C. | By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2020 10:56 AM IST
“Our calculations show that this asteroid got turned by 45 degrees or so as it swung by our planet,” said Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
The asteroid was first recorded six hours after its approach by the Zwicky Transient Facility, a telescope at the Palomar Observatory at the California Institute of Technology, as a long trail of light in the sky.(NASA/twitter)
The asteroid was first recorded six hours after its approach by the Zwicky Transient Facility, a telescope at the Palomar Observatory at the California Institute of Technology, as a long trail of light in the sky.(NASA/twitter)

Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2020 07:25 AM IST
The asteroid, which was about 10 to 20 feet (three to six meters) long, passed above the southern Indian Ocean on Sunday at 0408 GMT.
The success of the demonstration mission for SpaceX Crew Dragon, the first crewed US spaceship to achieve orbit since the Space Shuttle era, means it will likely soon be certified for regular service.(NASAHQPhoto/Twitter)
The success of the demonstration mission for SpaceX Crew Dragon, the first crewed US spaceship to achieve orbit since the Space Shuttle era, means it will likely soon be certified for regular service.(NASAHQPhoto/Twitter)

‘Like an animal’: NASA astronauts describe noisy, jolting descent

Houston | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2020 03:14 PM IST
The two NASA astronauts brought back to Earth on Sunday said they felt they were inside the belly of a beast as it careened into the atmosphere at 17,500 mph.
Colonel Doug Hurley shared the image on Twitter.(Twitter/@Astro_Doug)
Colonel Doug Hurley shared the image on Twitter.(Twitter/@Astro_Doug)

Astronaut shares picture of Earth from space, calls it ‘beautiful blue marble’. It’s mesmerising

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 12:11 PM IST
With a simple yet captivating caption,Colonel Doug Hurley shared the image of the Earth taken from the space on Twitter.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover vehicle takes off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. July 30, 2020.(REUTERS)
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover vehicle takes off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. July 30, 2020.(REUTERS)

NASA launches new Mars rover Perseverance to seek signs of past life

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 05:43 PM IST
Perseverance is due to land at the base of an 820-foot-deep (250 meters) crater called Jezero, a former lake from 3.5 billion years ago that scientists suspect could bear evidence of potential past microbial life on Mars.
Local communities can get local mud, ruminant faecal matter and green matter and use our students’ researched protein to construct their habitats, replacing cement with natural protein which could have a huge impact on reducing global warming.
Local communities can get local mud, ruminant faecal matter and green matter and use our students’ researched protein to construct their habitats, replacing cement with natural protein which could have a huge impact on reducing global warming.

Biomimicry Lab’s discovery could change building construction technology

UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 11:17 AM IST
The research findings have now been passed on to Sacred Heartian parent Mr. Ajay Pillai who is an eminent researcher and alumnus of UDCT to continue further advanced research and enable possible commercial production of these findings.

Earth-Mars proximity fuels exploratory zeal

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 06:01 PM IST
The UAE sent the Arab world’s first probe to Mars on July 20. Over the next two weeks, China & US also aim to send a craft/rover to Mars that is closest to the Earth in 2 years.
In this 2015 file photo, Sarah Amiri, deputy project manager of the United Arab Emirates Mars mission, talks about the project named "Hope," or "al-Amal" in Arabic. The mission is slated to be launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre on July 15, 2020.(AP File)
In this 2015 file photo, Sarah Amiri, deputy project manager of the United Arab Emirates Mars mission, talks about the project named "Hope," or "al-Amal" in Arabic. The mission is slated to be launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre on July 15, 2020.(AP File)

Look out, Mars!:3 spacecraft headed to the Red Planet this month

Cape Canaveral (Florida) | By Associated Press | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 12:22 AM IST
he three nearly simultaneous launches - that of the UAE, China and the US - are no coincidence: The timing is dictated by the opening of a one-month window in which Mars and Earth are in ideal alignment on the same side of the sun, which minimizes travel time and fuel use. Such a window opens only once every 26 months.
The image was taken from the Apollo 11 spacecraft in 1969.(NASA)
The image was taken from the Apollo 11 spacecraft in 1969.(NASA)

Moonwalker Dr Buzz Aldrin shares throwback picture of Earth taken from space in 1969. It’s enthralling

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2020 11:02 AM IST
“This view of home never gets old,” Dr Buzz Aldrin tweeted and shared the image.
Artist's impression showing a planet orbiting a star located 730 light years from our solar system.(University of Warwick . Mark Garlick / Handout via REUTERS)
Artist's impression showing a planet orbiting a star located 730 light years from our solar system.(University of Warwick . Mark Garlick / Handout via REUTERS)

Exposed core of Jupiter-like planet, 39-times bigger than Earth, spotted near distant star

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 12:24 AM IST
The planet, called TOI-849b, orbits a star a bit smaller and cooler than the sun, located 730 light years from Earth. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km).
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