New lunar crater picture by  Chandrayaan-2 named Mitra

ISRO shared a lunar surface image taken by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 of Chandrayann-2 on August 23. The image showed craters such as Jackson, Mach, Korolev and Mitra. Mitra crater on Moon named after Padma Bhushan awardee late Indian professor Sisir Kumar Mitra known for his work in the field of radio-physics among others. Image…

Space X launches 18th ISS resupply mission and recovers booster

Elon Musk led aerospace startup SpaceX has successfully launched its 18th mission for NASA to deliver equipment, research and supply material to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission was launched using twice-flown dragon capsule and marked SpaceX’s 44th successful recovery of a Falcon 9 rocket booster. SpaceX had used the booster two months ago…

Gas Hydrates protecting an ocean inside Pluto

  According to a global research team an insulating layer of gas hydrates could be protecting an ocean on Pluto. A Texas-sized white-coloured basin with an icy surface named Sputnik Planitia, was revealed in Pluto’s first ever close-up images. Scientists said the gas layer could exist beneath the icy surface, backing their claim with computer…

3rd planet discovered in two-solar system

Astronomers from the San Diego University has discovered a third planet in a two-star system  named Kepler -47  which is seven times the size of the Earth and the largest in its system. The team  used NASA’s Kepler space telescope to find the Neptune-to-Saturn -size planet orbiting between two previously known planets. Kepler-47 is 3,…

The Black hole of M87 galaxy

Astronomers have captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) the first ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy, 500 million trillion Km away and was photographed by a network of 8 telescopes across the world. The black hole measures 40 billion km across – three million times the size…

Super blood wolf moon

Skygazers  were treated to a rare astronomical spectacle of a “ super blood wolf moon” , when the moon turned a deep shade of red, part of a lunar eclipse makes  the surface of the moon appear a reddish hue and won’t be seen again for another 18 years. The red moon was visible for…

China’s probe Lands on the unexplored far side of the Moon

  A Chinese robot Chang’e-4 probe on January 3rd successfully landed on the back of the Moon at a distance of 117.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees south latitude and started exploring the far side of the Moon surface and carry out geological experiments. The photograph passed back to the world’s first close range through…

NASA’s Jupiter mission Juno shows giant polar storms

NASA’s Juno mission to the gas giant Jupiter has now reached halfway mark and has shown new views of cyclones at the poles. Juno performs a science gathering dive, scanning from pole to pole as it orbits the planet every 53 days. It is mapping the magnetic and gravity fields and expose Jupiter’s structure and…