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Comet NEOWISE will be visible in India for 20 days, says Odisha planetarium scientist. Check the dates

Updated on Jul 12, 2020 03:57 PM IST

Comet NEOWISE can be observed in the north-western sky from July 14, and that too, with naked eyes, according to the deputy director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar.

Comet Neowise soars in the horizon of the early morning sky seen from near the grand view lookout at the Colorado National Monument west of Grand Junction, Colo., Thursday, July 9, 2020.(Photo Credit: Conrad Earnest via AP)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi

Astronomers spot 4 objects in deep space unlike anything seen before

Three of the objects were spotted using the the radio telescope Autralian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) while mapping the night sky in radio frequencies as part of a pilot survey for a new project called the Evolutionary Map of the Universe (EMU) from July to November 2019.

The objects look like distant ring-shaped islands and have been named “odd radio circle” or ORCs.(File Photo used for representational purpose only)
Updated on Jul 12, 2020 12:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi

UAE’s Mars Mission ‘Hope’ on verge of creating history with July 15 launch

The Emirates Mars Mission, UAE’s Hope Probe to the Red Planet is scheduled to be launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre on July 15 at 00:51:27 UAE time.

The H-IIA (F42) launch vehicle that will carry UAE’s Mars Mission Hope to the orbit from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan is being prepared for the July 15 launch.(Photo Credit: Dubai Media Office / Twitter)
Updated on Jul 10, 2020 04:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi

First launch of China’s Kuaizhou-11 carrier rocket fails

Kuaizhou-11, launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, failed during its maiden flight

Kuaizhou-11: the first flight of the new solid launcher developed by ExPace, subsidiary of China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation Limited(REUTERS (Representativ))
Updated on Jul 10, 2020 03:16 PM IST
New Delhi |

Mars missions of UAE, China and US set to take off in July

As with the moon missions, different countries have invested heavily -- in reputation and cash -- on Mars exploration, with each looking to find their specific niche.

(FILES) This handout file illustration obtained on March 5, 2020 courtesy of NASA shows the Mars rover Perseverance. The US Mars 2020, has a planned launch date of July 30.(AFP Photo / NASA)
Updated on Jul 10, 2020 02:55 PM IST
Paris | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi

Here’s how to spot comet NEOWISE in July before it disappears for 6,000 yrs

Comet NEOWISE will come closest to Earth on July 22 when it will be at a distance of about 103 million kilometres from our planet.

The Comet C/2020 or
Updated on Jul 10, 2020 01:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi

Japan supercomputer suggests changes to travel, work to lower risk of coronavirus infection

The recent study by Japanese research giant Riken using the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Fugaku, to simulate how the virus travels in the air in various environments advised several ways to lower infection risks in public settings.

According to a Japanese research, opening windows on commuter trains can increase the ventilation by two to three times, lowering the concentration of ambient microbes.(HT File Photot)
Updated on Jul 09, 2020 06:42 PM IST
Tokyo | ByReuters |Posted by Anubha Rohatgi

‘Jurassic Park’ wasn’t quite right about this dinosaur. It was more bird than lizard

Far from the small lizard-like dinosaur in the movie, the Dilophosaurus was the largest land animal of its time, reaching up to 20 feet in length.

An artist’s interpretation of Dilophosaurus based on the latest research.(Credit: Brian Engh / The Saint George Dinosaur Discovery Site.)
Updated on Jul 09, 2020 05:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi

Polynesians and South American people shared DNA 800 years ago

People from four island sites in French Polynesia - Mangareva and the Pallisers in the Tuamotu archipelago and Fatu Hiva and Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands - bore DNA indicative of interbreeding with South Americans most closely related to present-day indigenous Colombians at around 1200 AD.

The study left open the question of who made the monumental Pacific crossing: Polynesians heading east and arriving in Colombia or perhaps Ecuador, or South Americans travelling west. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Jul 09, 2020 03:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi |

This seaweed is aggressively smothering one of world’s most remote reefs

The algae easily breaks off and rolls across the ocean floor like tumbleweed, scientists say, covering nearby reefs in thick vegetation that out-competes coral for space, sunlight and nutrients.

In this July 31, 2019 photo provided by researcher Heather Spalding, a new species of seaweed covers dead coral on a reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.(Heather Spalding/College of Charleston via AP)
Updated on Jul 08, 2020 02:27 PM IST
Honolulu | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Scientists develop ‘catch and kill’ air filter, claim it can kill coronavirus

According to the scientists, since coronavirus can remain in the air for about three hours, a filter that could remove it quickly was a viable plan.

The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, US in January 2020.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 08, 2020 01:09 PM IST
Houston | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Curiosity Mars Rover’s summer road trip has begun

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has started a road trip that will continue through the summer across roughly a mile (1.6 kilometres) of terrain.

Curiosity’s top speeds range between 82 and 328 feet (25 and 100 meters) per hour. Some of this summer road trip will be completed using the rover’s automated driving abilities, which enable Curiosity to find the safest paths forward on its own.(
Published on Jul 08, 2020 08:14 AM IST
Washington DC | ByAsian News International | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovers ‘feathered spiral’ galaxy 67 mn light years away

Classified as a “floucculent” (or fluffy-looking) spiral galaxy, the spiral arms indicate that the galaxy hasn’t formed any stars for a while.

Image of galaxy NGC 2775 which was recently spotted by Hubble Space Telescope.(ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team ; Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla))
Updated on Jul 07, 2020 05:16 PM IST
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‘Last night fireworks’: Astronauts capture photos of comet NEOWISE from space

NASA astronaut Bob Behnken took pictures of Neowise as it came into the view of earth and tweeted them from ISS,describing them as “last night’s fireworks”.

Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner shared this photo of Comet NEOWISE which he captured from International Space Station.(Photo Credit : Ivan Vagner / Twitter)
Updated on Jul 07, 2020 04:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi

Watch: ESA’s stunning video of icy Korolev crater on Mars

The movie is based on images taken by European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express orbiter and showcases the 82 km wide water-ice-filled crater on the Red Planet.

Image of Korolev crater on Mars(Image Credit: ESA/ DLR/ FU Berlin)
Updated on Jul 07, 2020 03:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi

Biggest asteroid this year flew between Earth and Moon.Scientists realised it 2 days later

Dubbed 2020 LD and measuring nearly 100 metres in diameter , the asteroid, travelling at a speed of 60,826 miles per hour - came closer to Earth than even the Moon on June 5.

Scientist discovered the near-Earth approach only on June 7 when astronomers in Hawaii first noticed 2020 LD travelling at 60,826 miles per hour (97,890 km/h) relative to Earth.(Getty Images/iStockphoto /Representational Photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2020 08:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi

Mylan to launch generic version of Covid-19 treatment drug remdesivir in India this month

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approved Mylan’s remdesivir version, to be called Desrem, for the treatment of suspected or laboratory confirmed severe incidences of Covid-19 in adults and children, the company said in a statement.

Remdesivir is in high demand after the intravenously-administered medicine helped to shorten hospital recovery times in a clinical trial. On Friday, it got conditional approval from the European Commission for use in severe Covid-19 patients.(REUTERS File Photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2020 05:04 PM IST
Bengaluru | ByReuters | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi

Scientists find snake-like venomous dental glands in amphibian species

A team of biologists have reported the first known evidence of oral venom glands in a ringed caecilian, Siphonops annulatus. Found in tropical climates of Africa, Asia and the Americas, they live in burrows of their own making.

This image shows a general view of the ringed caecilian, Siphonops annulatus.(Image Credit: Carlos Jared)
Updated on Jul 06, 2020 03:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi

NASA plans to send first woman on Moon by 2024 under Artemis programme

Under its Artemis programme, NASA’s ultimate goal is to put astronauts on the Moon in a sustainable, long-term presence.

This NASA photo obtained March 5, 2020 shows NASA’s Orion spacecraft, a critical part of the agency’s Artemis I mission.(AFP File Photo /NASA/Handout)
Updated on Jul 06, 2020 01:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi

New Zealand’s Rocket Lab vehicle fails to reach orbit, loses payload of satellites

Rocket Lab is one of a growing group of launch companies looking to slash the cost of sending shoebox-sized satellites to low Earth orbit, building smaller rockets and reinventing traditional production lines to meet a growing payload demand.

The rocket’s altitude peaked at 121 miles (195 km) roughly seven minutes after liftoff before quickly decreasing, according to in-flight telemetry on the company’s live video feed.(@RocketLab/Twitter)
Updated on Jul 05, 2020 11:03 AM IST
ByReuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Lunar eclipse 2020: What is a penumbral lunar eclipse?

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth’s umbra or the central, dark part of its shadow obscures all of the moon’s surface. A partial lunar eclipse can be seen when only part of the moon’s surface is obscured by earth’s umbra.

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the moon travels through the faint penumbral portion of the earth’s shadow.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 05, 2020 01:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Meenakshi Ray

Scientists decode how smell, taste sensation loss in Covid-19 patients improves with time

The scientists said smell and taste dysfunction in Covid-19 might be a consequence of nasal obstruction, or may reflect a direct effect on olfactory mucosa and the olfactory sensory neurons.

The scientists said persistent loss of smell or taste was not associated with persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection.(AFP)
Published on Jul 03, 2020 11:31 PM IST
London | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Jasra Afreen

Isro’s MOM captures image of the Mars’ biggest moon Phobos

According to ISRO, “the violent phase that Phobos has encountered is seen in the large section gouged out from a past collision (Stickney crater) and bouncing ejecta.”

A recent image of the mysterious moon of Mars, Phobos, as captured by India’s Mars Orbiter Mission(Photo Credit: ISRO/ Twitter)
Updated on Jul 03, 2020 10:46 PM IST
Bengaluru | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi

WHO endorses tests by ICMR, 2 others for TB diagnosis, drug resistance detection

The three research bodies -- the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Molbio Diagnostics and the Indian Council of Medical Research said drug-resistant tuberculosis poses a particular challenge, with growing resistance to rifampicin and other drugs that treat the disease.

The three research bodies said their tests -- “rapid molecular Truenat assays -- have been endorsed by the global health body for initial diagnosis of tuberculosis and subsequent detection of rifampicin resistance in adults and children.(AFP File)
Updated on Jul 03, 2020 08:03 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi

Australian scientists discover 7,000-yrs-old ancient underwater Aboriginal sites

Data from the find is being analysed for precise dating, however radiocarbon dating and analysis of sea-level changes show the site is at least 7,000 years old.

Underwater artefacts dated back thousands of years when the sea bed was dry land, found by researchers from Flinders University, University of Western Australia and James Cook University, are seen in this undated handout picture taken from a video. Deep History of Sea Country Project & Flinders University, Maritime Archaeology Program/Handout via REUTERS(via REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 03, 2020 05:54 PM IST
Sydney | ByReuters | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi

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

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).

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)
Updated on Jul 03, 2020 12:24 AM IST
Washington | ByReuters | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi

Scientists use weather forecasting technique to predict Covid-19 spread

An international team, including meteorologists from the University of Reading in the UK, applied data assimilation, a technique that combines multiple sources of information to estimate how a situation will develop over time, to the pandemic.

This technique is usually used to pair computer simulations with real weather observations to forecast future weather, the researchers said.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 03, 2020 12:27 AM IST
London | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Jasra Afreen

Astronauts perform spacewalk to swap station batteries

Astronauts performed their second spacewalk in under a week Wednesday to replace old batteries outside the International Space Station..

In this image taken from NASA video, commander Chris Cassidy, right, and NASA astronaut Bob Behnken perform their second spacewalk in under a week Wednesday, July 1, 2020, to replace old batteries outside the International Space Station.(AP)
Updated on Jul 03, 2020 12:43 AM IST
Cape Canaveral | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Jasra Afreen

‘Real bummer’: How NASA astronaut Cassidy felt on losing mirror during spacewalk

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy said he has no idea how the small mirror on his left sleeve came off during his spacewalk last Friday.

This photo provided by NASA shows NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and NASA Flight Engineer Bob Behnken during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday, June 26, 2020.(AP)
Updated on Jul 01, 2020 12:38 AM IST
Cape Canaveral | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi

European Union to speed up space ambitions, says Breton

European Commissioner Thierry Breton, the former French head of IT company Atos, said that for the first time, the EU budget will be used to support new technology to launch rockets, including reusable ones.

The EU will for the first time sign a 1 billion euro agreement with Arianespace with guaranteed orders to give it more visibility, in exchange for more innovation.(REUTERS/ Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:50 PM IST
Paris | ByReuters | Posted by Jasra Afreen
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