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A crater on Pluto got named after this India-born scientist

International Astronomical Union (IAU) named a crater after India-born scientist Bishun Khare earlier this month.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 25, 2019 8:09:09 am
indian scientist name on pluto, Bishun Khare, Bishun Khare SETI, Bishun Khare scientist, International Astronomical Union, IAU, Bishun Khare NASA, Bishun Khare pluto, Khare crater International Astronomical Union (IAU) earlier this month had named a crater on Pluto after India-born physicist Bishun Khare. (Image source: Getty/Thinkstock)

Pluto, the dwarf planet in our solar system has officially got Indian connection now as a crater on the celestial body got named after India-born scientist Bishun Khare earlier this month.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) earlier this month had approved the second set of feature names on Pluto which included 14 features names that were proposed by the team behind NASA’s New Horizons Mission which carried out first reconnaissance of Pluto and its moons with the New Horizons spacecraft back in 2015.

Bishun Khare was born in Varanasi (formerly known as Benaras) on June 27, 1933. He earned degrees in physics, chemistry, and mathematics from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and pursued his doctorate in physics from Syracuse University in New York. Thereafter, he did post-doctoral research at both State University of New York (Stony Brook) and the University of Toronto.

indian scientist name on pluto, Bishun Khare, Bishun Khare SETI, Bishun Khare scientist, International Astronomical Union, IAU, Bishun Khare NASA, Bishun Khare pluto, Khare crater Khare was born in Varanasi (formerly known as Benaras) on June 27, 1933. He had worked on Tholins, an organic molecule causes the darkest and reddest regions on Pluto. (Image source: SETI Institute)

From the 1960s to 1990s, he worked at Cornell University along with and Carl Sagan and published approximately 100 papers together. He moved to NASA Ames as a Senior National Research Fellow in 1996, and later joined the SETI Institute in 1998. He passed away at the age of 80 back in August 2013.

During the course of his career, Khare had investigated the formation of the compounds which make the thick haze which shrouds Saturn’s moon Titan and methane and other organic compounds that erupt from its sister moon, Enceladus. A lot of these compounds were brought into being with the help of photochemical reactions.

According to a statement from the IAU, Khare had worked on Tholins, an organic molecule causes the darkest and reddest regions on Pluto. Apart from Khare, other features were named after famous personalities such as Wright brothers, Percival Lowell- an American astronomer, and Swiss physicist Auguste Piccard.

indian scientist name on pluto, Bishun Khare, Bishun Khare SETI, Bishun Khare scientist, International Astronomical Union, IAU, Bishun Khare NASA, Bishun Khare pluto, Khare crater This map, compiled from images and data gathered by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its flight through the Pluto system in 2015, contains Pluto feature names approved by the International Astronomical Union. Names from the newest round of nominations are in yellow. (Image source: NASA/JHUAPL)

This is the second set of nomenclature for Pluto features. Two years ago during the first set IAU had named two mountains on Pluto after Mount Everest climbers Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary.

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To recall, earlier this week, NASA named a rock found on Mars, which is little larger than the size of a golf ball, after the legendary English rock band The Rolling Stones.

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