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Astronomers catch a Black Hole Swallowing a Star with Strong Gravitational Pull

Astronomers catch a Black Hole Swallowing a Star with Strong Gravitational Pull

Astronomers have captured a Black Hole swallowing a star with its strong inescapable gravitational pull and a hot flare of matter was noticed by the team, proving a strong evidence of the destruction of star. The phenomenon noticed by the study author Sjoert van Velzen, a Hubble fellow at Johns Hopkins University, can be compared to a hot plasma burp. The star was similar in the size to our sun. The star shifted from its customary path and slipped into the gravitational pull of a supermassive black hole.

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Another Strange Phenomenon Capture by Curiosity Rover on Mars

Another Strange Phenomenon Capture by Curiosity Rover on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Rover keeps on sending several images of Mars and astronomers and other space enthusiasts keep on looking for signs for life on the Martian surface. Recently an amateur astronomer has claimed that he has seen a giant rat on Mars.

Joe White, the amateur astronomer, even posted a video of the sighting on his YouTube channel, ArtAlienTV, on November 11. The video has received nearly 45,000 views so far.

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Helicopters could one day help Mars rovers in exploration: NASA

Helicopters could one day help Mars rovers in exploration: NASA

NASA thinks helicopters can prove highly useful in future Mars missions as they can gather information on the possible routes and move in the terrain, which is hard to reach. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory understands the scouting potential of helicopters, hence, are already testing some helicopter designs.

Rovers have proved extremely beneficial for NASA when it comes to know new details about Mars surface. Their onboard cameras and scientific instruments have led scientists know hidden secrets about the Red Planet as well as of others.

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President Barack Obama’s New Law Turns American Asteroid Mining Efforts Legal

President Barack Obama’s New Law Turns American Asteroid Mining Efforts Legal

It seems great to know that President Barack Obama has signed into law a new bill that allows resources from moons, asteroids and other heavenly bodies to be extracted and sold for commercial purposes on Earth. President Barack Obama has signed a bill known as the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015 (CSLCA) or H.R. 2262, following the Congress approval, which gives legal permission to asteroid mining companies to keep whatever resources they have extracted. As per the law, companies can even sell their resources for commercial exploration and utilization.

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Study: Do Not Panic, Earth’s Magnetic Field Won’t Flip in Next 1,000 Years

Study: Do Not Panic, Earth’s Magnetic Field Won’t Flip in Next 1,000 Years

Researchers from Columbia University and MIT have come up with findings that Earth’s magnetic field would not flip at least in the next 1,000 years. On studying the dozens of ancient volcanic rocks on the Galapagos Islands, researchers assured that there is nothing to panic, at least in the next 1,000 years. The findings published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences violate the existing studies that revealed that the process of flipping is weakening the geomagnetic field.

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In 40 Million years, Mars could Get a Ring: Research

In 40 Million years, Mars could Get a Ring: Research

Mars exerts tremendous pressure on its moon Phobos and astronomers estimate that within 40 million years, the planet could get a ring similar to Jupiter and Saturn. Researchers from University of California published their findings in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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Mars may have a ring of its own

Mars may have a ring of its own

Mars will also come in the category of Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune. Wondering how so? A new research from UC Berkeley has suggested that Mars’ largest moon Phobos would break into pieces and it will be completely shredded till it reaches moon. The process would lead to a ring of debris that will encircle the planet.

Study’s co-researcher TusharMittal said that if the moon breaks apart at around 680 kms above the surface then very narrow ring would be formed when compared one of the biggest rings of Saturn.

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Astronomers find why Star VY Canis Majoris is losing Weight

Astronomers find why Star VY Canis Majoris is losing Weight

Astronomers have captured most detailed images ever ofred hypergiant starVY Canis Majoris in the constellation Canis Major by using Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). After examining them, they found that dust particles around the star caused it to lose huge amount of mass.

It is the first time when astronomers have succeeded in understanding why one of the largest stars in the Milky Way has started dying.VY Canis Majoris is about 4,892 light years from earth. The star is about 300,000 times more luminous than the sun.

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Astronomers explain mysterious dimming of star KIC 8462852

Iowa State University Astronomers explain mysterious dimming of star KIC 8462852

The mysterious dimming of star KIC 8462852 has left many questions among astronomers, researchers and scientific minds. A paper published by Iowa State University researchers, aims to explain the mystery behind the dimming of star KIC 8462852. The brightness of the star changed irregularly and the phenomenon was sometimes noticed for weeks or months. The brightness of the star declines by as much as 22 percent at times.

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Scientists solve Mystery of Missing Carbon on Mars

Scientists solve Mystery of Missing Carbon on Mars

Scientists said they have decoded the long-standing mystery of missing carbon on the Red Planet. A thin layer of CO2 has covered Mars, which is the reason atmosphere of the planet is dry and cold. But situation wasn’t same many years ago, according to the scientists.

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