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ASTRONOMY NEWS

This Valentine’s Day, amateur astronomers to trace a red rose in the sky

February 13, 2020 12:33 am

Rao said their mission as amateur astronomers is to get more people to enjoy the splendour of the evening and night skies

'Fainting spell' or about to blow? No one's sure what's happening to the star Betelgeuse

January 13, 2020 2:47 pm

The whole world is watching Betelgeuse now. Even if it doesn’t explode next year, astronomers are bound to learn how a red supergiant behaves and evolves as it approaches its death rattle.

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

December 29, 2018 3:13 pm

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

December 18, 2018 1:34 pm

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

November 28, 2018 2:00 pm

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’

July 20, 2018 9:17 am

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

November 07, 2017 12:10 am

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

August 06, 2017 12:47 pm

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

July 11, 2014 3:46 pm

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

Astronomer spots asteroid smashing into Moon

February 24, 2014 7:54 pm

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