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 1. Which one is brightest star in visible wavelengths? *

a) Sirius (Dog star)
b) Vega
c) Canopus
d) Betelgeuse

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List of Constellations

Total Solar eclipse 2nd July 2019

Everything you need to know about partial lunar eclipse on 16th July 2019

The last total solar eclipse in 2019 took place on 2nd July 2019. The eclipse was visible from South in North America, most of South America and Pacific.

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Floating hill Pluto
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New horizon discovered mysterious floating hill in Pluto

New Horizon space craft of NASA has taken images of frozen nitrogen glaciers on Pluto which carry many floating hills. This hills may be fragment of water ice.

The size of these hills are one to several kilometer wide.

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Scientists discover sign of liquid water on the surface of Mars

Scientists discovered signs of liquid water on the surface of Mars.

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Astrosat launch
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India Successfully launch multi-wavelength astronomy mission ASTROSAT

India successfully launched multi-wavelength astronomy satellite Astrosat.

A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C30) carried Astrosat and other six satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

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New Horizons space craft at Pluto

New Horizons spacecraft of NASA is scheduled to arrive at Pluto on 14th July 2015 after a nine and a half year journey. New Horizons will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto. The spacecraft will give us our first close-up views of Pluto and its moons.

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sound of Solar system

Sound of Solar System Captured by NASA

Various NASA instruments, such as Voyager I and II, INJUN 1, ISEE 1 and HAWKEYE space probe, recorded electromagnetic waves close to many planets and their Moons and send those signals back to Earth. These sounds from various space crafts are translated into sounds we can hear.

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sound of Solar system
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Success in the maiden attempt: India's Mars Orbiter Mission creates history

India made history becoming the first country in the world to place a spacecraft to Martian orbit on the very first attempt. India also is the first country in Asia to achieve this success.

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Oldest star, SMSS J 031300.36-670839.3

Oldest known star in the Universe is discovered by Australian astronomers

A team from Australian National University (ANU) discovered a star which is the oldest known star in the Universe. The discovery made with the SkyMapper telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran. This discovery should revolutionize human understanding of beginning and evolution of this Universe following the Big Bang.

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Confirmation of water around dwarf planet Ceres

European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory has confirmed the sign of water vapor around the dwarf planet Ceres. It is the first clear detection of water vapor in the object around the asteroid belt. It is also one of the few bodies in the solar system which hold this property.

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Curiosity rover of NASA discovered ancient life friendly fresh water lake in Mars

The curiosity rover of NASA found fresh evidence of ancient fresh water lake on Mars. The rover also discovered that this ancient Martian lake had the perfect chemical ingredients to sustain microbial life form about 3.6 billion years ago.

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comet ISON

Comet ISON will go very close to Sun on thanks giving day

Comet ISON will come to closest approach to the Sun on 28 November 2013 at a distance of 0.0124 AU (1,860,000 km) from the center point of the Sun. If we consider the solar radius of 695,500 km, comet ISON will come approximately 1,165,000 km above the Sun's surface at its closest approach.

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Voyager I

Voyager 1 finally out of Solar System

Scientists confirms that Voyager 1 probe finally went out of Solar system and become the first human-made object to reach interstellar space beyond Solar system.

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Double moon Facebook hoax image
(Double moon Facebook hoax image.)

Will Mars look like as big as Moon on 27th Aug? Not really

It is circulated in many social networking sites for some time that Mars will look as big as Moon on 27th August. It will be a really a great view if this is true but unfortunately the story is a hoax.

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Discovery of one of the youngest and smallest supernova remnant

Two Indian scientists, Subhashis Roy from NCRA and Sabyasachi Pal from ICSP have recently discovered a supernova remnant named as G354.4+0.0 which is only a few hundred years old.

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Lone Signal
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Lone Signal: now you can send your message to Extraterrestrial Civilization

Now you can say hello to Extraterrestrial Civilization. Not only that, you will be also able to send your customized message to a specific target in the space.

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Asteroid 1998 QE2
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Earth Passing Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has a Moon

NASA radar image confirms presence of a small moon around Earth passing Asteroid 1998 QE2.

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Saturn Hurricane
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Cassini captures a monster hurricane on Saturn

Cassini spacecraft of NASA captured a stunning picture of a giant hurricane in Saturn. This is the first close-up, visible-light picture of a huge hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole.

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(Picture credit: Michael Mattiazzo)

Comet PANSTARRS: will be visible in northern hemisphere with nacked eye

Northern hemisphere viewers are just few days away from the first view of the comet Pan STARRS. Observers in southern hemisphere already witnessed the beauty of the comet. Low in southern hemisphere sky the comet has displayed very obvious tails, and was easily viewable with naked eyes, even from light polluted towns and cities.

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Yelena Serova

Russia will send a female astronaut into space

Today Russia declare intention to send a female astronaut into space. This is the first time in last two decades Russia will try woman in space.

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Mars Mission

India will launch Mars mission this year: President of India

President of India Pranab Mukherjee announced plan to launch its first space mission to Mars this year.

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Russian meteor fragments
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Russian meteor fragments found

Russian scientists discovered more than 50 fragments of the meteor that exploded above the Urals city of Chelyabinsk and injured about 1,200 people. Preliminary tests are ongoing to find information on the contents of these fragments.

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meteor hit rusia
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Meteor hit on Russia is equivalent to 30 Hirosima bomb

NASA scientists calculated that the meteor which hit siberia on 15th of February stuck the ground with a force equivalent to about 30 times greater than the Hiroshima bomb. The meteor was made of 55 feet wide rock with approximately 10,000 tonnes mass. It is estimated that the energy released as the meteor's disintigrated in the atmosphere was about 500 kilotons.

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meteor hit rusia

A huge meteor hit Russia: 1200 injured

A huge meteor stuck Siberia on 15th of February. More than 1200 people are reported to be injured amongst which more than 200 are childrens. Thousands of buildings are also damaged by this event. Such a huge lose by a meteor is unprecedental in modern age.

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Asteroid 2012 DA14
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On 15th Feb 2013: An Asteroid will pass within 27,000 km of Earth

A huge Asteroid is approaching towards Earth and on 15th February 2013 it will come as close as 27,680 km from Earth which is less than 3.5 Earth radius. The size of the rocky asteroid is approximately of a football ground (about 45m) and it will go at a speed of 8km/s near Earth.

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Youngest black hole, W49B
(Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/L.Lopez et al; Infrared: Palomar; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA)

NASA scientists discover youngest black hole in Milky way

The scientists from NASA have discovered the youngest black hole in the Milky Way galaxy. The black hole is just 1000 years old and it is located only 26,000 light-years away from Earth.

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Moon mission

Visit moon with your loved one for $1.5 billion

Now you can visit Moon with your loved one for only $1.5 billion. Golden Spike is a private company, launched by former NASA executives and they are planning to send people to the Moon by 2020. It will take 1.5 billion for two to visit moon.

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Mars rover

NASA reveals plan to send new mars rover in 2020

Encouraged by the success of Curiosity rover mission, today NASA announces multi-year plan to study mars. This plan includes a new robotic science rover set to launch in 2020.

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Curiosity found evidence of ancient river bed in Mars

Curiosity rover mission of NASA has found evidences of a stream that once ran across the area on Mars. Earlier, there were some evidences of presence of water in Mars, specially in pole region of the planet but this new evidence of images of rocks containing ancient stream bed gravels is directly shows presence of water in this planet.

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Titan has similar atmosphere changes like Earth

Saturn moon Titan shows huge seasonal change as Earth. Dr Athena Coustenis from the Paris-Meudon Observatory in France has analyzed data of Titan gathered over 30 years.

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ISRO 100th space mission

ISRO completes its 100th space mission

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) made history after they successfully launched PSLV-C21, marking the 100th space mission by them. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) successfully blasted off into space from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The rocket carried into space two foreign satellites, SPOT 6, a French 712 kg remote sensing satellite and Proiteres, a 15 kg Japanese satellite.

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Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong died

Neil Alden Armstrong died on 25th August 2012 at the age of 82 in Cincinnati due to blocked coronary arteries.

Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin was the first person who stepped on moon.

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1st image of exoplanet

First image of planet outside solar system

First time scientists are able to image planet outside our solar system around star HR 8799. A team led by Christian Marois at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Canada, took a picture of the system with the Gemini telescope in 2008 directly imaging three giant planets. The team revisited the star system in 2009-2010 with Keck II telescope and discovered a fourth planet in the system.

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