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Did NASA find a second Earth? 

The mysteries of the universe are still unravelling, and we are amazed by the discoveries scientists make everyday! It has come to light that the US space agency, NASA, may have come across a planet similar to earth. Reanalyzed data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, being used by a team of scientists, has led to […]

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A ‘Wright Brothers’ moment on Mars 

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology Bob Balaram has created a space chopper that will fly over the Martian skies. The Mars Helicopter created by him will ride to Mars this summer with NASA’s Perseverance rover. It is currently at Kennedy Space Center waiting to hitch a ride to the Red Planet this […]

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This robot can create music 

A robot called Shimon doesn’t simply play music, he also writes the words to his own songs – and sings them. Shimon is a four-armed robot with a ball-like head. He holds small mallets in his “hands” to play a kind of xylophone called a marimba. As Shimon plays, his head moves around in time […]

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Seven new Peacock Spiders discovered 

A young 22-year-old Australian spider enthusiast has identified and named seven new species of extraordinary Peacock Spider in the Maratus genus. Famed for their colourful schemes and funky courtship dances, they’re a visual feast for arachnophiles and arachnophobes alike. Peacock spiders are tiny and harmless, measuring about 5 mm (1/5th of an inch) long. To […]

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Closest shave with an asteroid for earth 

In a closest pass in history, an asteroid passed Earth this week at a distance of about 144,000 kilometers. The asteroid called 2020 FL2 flew past Earth on March 23, according to the International Asteroid Warning Network and the Minor Planet Center under the International Astronomical Union. Researchers at the Purple Mountain Observatory of the […]

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NASA asks public to design Moon-digging robots 

Digging is tough, be it on earth or on the moon. And now you can help NASA inis some space digging.  The National Aeronautics Space Administration or NASA is asking the public to help it design a robot that can dig on the moon. The US space agency in a post said that while it […]

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139 minor planets discovered 

Astronomers have found 139 new “minor planets” in the far reaches of our solar system just beyond Neptune’s orbit, which could potentially boost scientists’ continued searches for the putative Planet Nine. A new study published in The Astrophysical Journal revealed how data from the Dark Energy Survey (DES) helped researchers to detect a new cluster […]

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It rains irons on this planet 

Astronomers have observed a distant planet where it probably rains iron. It may sound like an episode from Star Trek or Dr Who but that’s true.  Wasp-76b, as it’s known, orbits so close in to its host star, its dayside temperatures exceed 2,400C – hot enough to vaporise metals. WASP-76b is tidally-locked, only ever showing […]

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NASA is eyeing gold in space 

Space if full of wonders, but did you know that it can also make Earthlings rich. Yes, NASA is eyeing a nearby asteroid that contains enough gold to make everyone on Earth a billionaire! The space agency has asked billionaire Elon Musk to help it explore a nearby asteroid. Psyche 16 is nestled between the […]

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Earth has a new moon! 

Our planet has a new moon, and it’s the size of a car! Earth has captured a tiny object and pulled it into orbit. What is it? The asteroid, known as 2020 CD3, is only the second asteroid known to orbit Earth.  Its mass is roughly 6-11 feet in diameter. And while it won’t last, […]