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Gigantic asteroid ‘2008 GO20’ nears Earth, likely to pass on July 25

Gigantic asteroid ‘2008 GO20’ nears Earth, likely to pass on July 25

Science & environment
New Delhi: Amid reports of a four football fields sized asteroid hurtling towards the earth, Dr Suvendu Pattnaik, Deputy Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Odisha said that there is no need for anyone to panic as this same asteroid had flown past earth earlier as well and at a much closer distance. Dr Pattnaik also stated that there are no chances of '2008 GO20' asteroid colliding with the planet. He also added that this asteroid will again revisit Earth in 2034. "We should not panic. We can safely say that it will not hit the earth," Dr Pattnaik told ANI. "This asteroid has visited earth at a much closer distance of 19 lakh km and 29 lakh km in 1935 and 1977 respectively. At that time, it flew away and never came towards the earth. This time it is around 45 lakh km, which i...
Solar storm headed towards Earth, could impact cellphone, GPS signals, experts caution

Solar storm headed towards Earth, could impact cellphone, GPS signals, experts caution

Science & environment
New Delhi: A stream of highly charged particles - or solar winds, from the Sun is hurtling towards the Earth and is expected to reach sometime between Sunday and Monday (July 11 to 12), as per a report by Spaceweather.com. This stream of highly charged particles could likely trigger a minor solar storm in the Earth's magnetosphere - a region of space dominated by Earth's magnetic field, and could affect cellphone, GPS signals, space weather forecasters warned. "As the wind flows toward Earth, it carries with it the Sun’s magnetic field. It moves very fast, the smacks right into Earth's magnetic field. The blow causes a shock to our magnetic protection, which can result in turbulence," Nicky Fox, of NASA's Director of the Heliophysics Science Division told express.co.uk. Solar winds ...
NASA tweeted Pratima Roy’s picture and revealed the complicated science-religion relationship

NASA tweeted Pratima Roy’s picture and revealed the complicated science-religion relationship

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On July 11, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared a picture on Twitter promoting its internship programme. The tweet had four pictures featuring successful interns from before. One of the pictures was of an Indian-American Pratima Roy. While the rest of the three pictures didn’t create any controversy, Roy’s photograph divided Twitter into two groups. The reason behind it was the idols and images of Hindu gods and goddesses visible in Roy’s background. Today's the day: applications for fall NASA internships are due! Are you ready? Visit @NASAInterns and apply at: https://t.co/s69uwyR1LJ pic.twitter.com/CVwFJGYbms — NASA (@NASA) July 9, 2021 One group believed that a top-notch science institution like NASA shouldn’t allow any kind of religion and related symbo...
NASA Perseverance Mars rover to acquire first sample of Martian rock

NASA Perseverance Mars rover to acquire first sample of Martian rock

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Washington: NASA is making final preparations for its Perseverance Mars rover to collect its first-ever sample of Martian rock, which future planned missions will transport to Earth. The six-wheeled geologist is searching for a scientifically interesting target in a part of Jezero Crater called the "Cratered Floor Fractured Rough." This important mission milestone is expected to begin within the next two weeks. Perseverance landed in Jezero Crater on February 18, and NASA kicked off the rover mission`s science phase on June 1, exploring a 1.5-square-mile (4-square-kilometer) patch of crater floor that may contain Jezero`s deepest and most ancient layers of exposed bedrock. "When Neil Armstrong took the first sample from the Sea of Tranquility 52 years ago, he began a process that woul...
Solar storm to hit Earth today, likely to impact cellphone, GPS signals worldwide

Solar storm to hit Earth today, likely to impact cellphone, GPS signals worldwide

Science & environment
New Delhi: Solar winds described as a stream of highly charged particles from the Sun will likely hit Earth on Wednesday (July 14), as per a report by Spaceweather.com. It was earlier predicted to reah our planet sometime between Sunday and Monday (July 11 to 12). "A high speed stream of solar wind that was supposed to arrive on July 11 is almost 3 days overdue... The stream is flowing from a hole in the sun's atmosphere so broad that a miss seems unlikely. Last chance for contact is July 14," Spaceweather.com wrote on its official website. Such an event could disrupt satellite operations and result in power outages. These solar winds are streams of charged particles or plasma that erupt from the Sun and out into space and it could likely to trigger a minor solar storm in the Earth's...
Asteroid the size of stadium hurtling towards Earth, likely to zoom past on THIS date: NASA

Asteroid the size of stadium hurtling towards Earth, likely to zoom past on THIS date: NASA

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New Delhi: US space agency NASA has confirmed that an asteroid the size of a stadium is heading towards Earth's orbit. It is likely to whiz past next Saturday, July 24 at 15:35 Eastern time which is 1:05 am Wednesday as per Indian Standard Time, the space agency continues to monitor the object. The asteroid, labelled 2008 GO20 that could be up to 220 metres wide which is double the size of London's Big Ben. Even though it will be in close proximity to Earth's orbit there is an extremely low chance that it would make contact with the surface. The asteroid is cruising at over 8 kilometres per second, which is around 28,800 km/hour, a speed so high that it could annihilate anything in its way. It is to pass at a distance of 4.7 million kilometres from Earth which is roughly 11 times the ...
Was Richard Branson’s space travel real? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is skeptical, here’s why

Was Richard Branson’s space travel real? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is skeptical, here’s why

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New Delhi: Days after Virgin's Richard Branson allegedly 'made history' by becoming the first billionaire in space, popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson expressed his doubts on the whole matter raising questions if Branson did really fly into space. DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York, in an interview to CNN stated that Richard Branson did not to space. “First of all, it was suborbital. NASA did it 60 years ago with Alan Shepard, took off from Cape Canaveral and landed in the ocean. If you don't go fast enough to reach orbit you will fall and return to Earth,” he said. The reputed science communicator had some questions of his own like, “So, did you get high enough? Did you go into orbit? Did you actually go anywh...