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Crazy about space? Plan a stargazing vacation to watch meteor showers in the night sky

What we witnessed was like celestial fireworks—almost two shooting stars per minute. They seem to diverge from a single spot in the sky, called the radiant, located in the constellation Gemini but can be seen all across the sky.

Saturn could lose its rings sooner than astronomers expected

Without its icy accouterments, Saturn would look boring and beige compared to some of the other gas giants. Stretching some 175,000 miles across, Saturn’s bangles easily outshine the dark, fragmented rings feebly encircling Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.


Ancient cave art suggests humans understood complex astronomy 40,000 years ago

The findings indicate that the astronomical insights of ancient people were far greater than previously believed. Their knowledge may have aided navigation of the open seas, with implications for our understanding of prehistoric human migration, researchers said.

Astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar Turns 80: ‘Despite excellent work at many labs, a Nobel Prize in science eludes India since 1930’

Jayant Narlikar, professor emeritus at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and one of the most famous residents of the city, turned 80 on Thursday.

Published in Nature Astronomy: AstroSat discovers ‘strange’ polarisation in Crab Nebula pulsar

X-ray polarisation measurement has been described as something so difficult that, by far, the only reliable measurement obtained worldwide is for the pulsar in the Crab Nebula.

Six must-watch celestial events you shouldn't miss this August

The month of August will see some spectacular celestial shows. Right from meteor showers to the once-in-lifetime total solar eclipse, it is going to be one hell of a show this month.


Seven new dwarf galaxies discovered

Astronomers used a telescope made by stitching together telephoto lenses and discovered seven new galaxies.

Astronomer spots asteroid smashing into Moon

The asteroid had a mass of around 400 kilos, with a diameter of between 60 centimetres and 1.40 metres.

Link astronomy to ancient science,says A P J Abdul Kalam

A P J Abdul Kalam referred to the rich history of astronomy in India.

Astronomy can prevent devastation: Padma Vibhushan astrophysicist Dr Jayant Narlikar

Dr Jayant Narlikar says astronomy is not irrelevant,it will save humanity.