Basic Astronomy


New horizon discovered mysterious floating hill in Pluto
Floating hill Pluto
(Credits: NASA)

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
Curiosity

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

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India Successfully launch multi-wavelength astronomy mission ASTROSAT
Astrosat launch

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
Pluto
(Credits: NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI)

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

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Sound of Solar System Captured by NASA
sound of Solar system

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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Success in the maiden attempt: India's Mars Orbiter Mission creates history
Mars Orbiter Mission
(Credits: ISRO)

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 known star in the Universe is discovered by Australian astronomers
Oldest star, SMSS J 031300.36-670839.3

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
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
Curiosity

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

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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