Astronomy Current Affairs - 2020

ARIES Astronomers trace mystery behind dwarf galaxy

The scientists at the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observation Science (ARIES) has found dwarf galaxies that are forming new stars at the rate of 10-100 times more than that of Milky Way Galaxy. This however, according to the scientists do not last longer than a few tens of million years. Highlights These dwarf galaxies according Read More…

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May 2: International Astronomy Day

Every year, International Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year. Once on September 26 and other on May 2. On this day, astronomical institutions, planetariums, museums organize fun filled activities and spread awareness about the world of astronomy. Highlights The first International Astronomy Day was celebrated in 1973. It was started by the then president Read More…

China constructing a huge Observatory to probe origins of Cosmic Rays

The Chinese scientists are constructing a huge cosmic ray observation station that is equivalent to 200 soccer fields in Sichuan province. The observatory is located 4,400 meters above sea level. Key Facts The rocks from Ice Age were blasted for the construction Three huge underground pools more than triple the size of Aquatic centers are Read More…

Oumuamua: Alien asteroid discovered in Solar system

Scientists have discovered an asteroid named Oumuamua (or (514107) 2015 BZ509) nestling in Jupiter’s orbit that had migrated from another star system. It makes it first known permanent immigrant to our solar system. It   confirms suspicions of scientists’ that asteroids from other stars have arrived in our solar system. The asteroid Oumuamua was actually first Read More…

K2-229b: Hot, metallic Earth-sized planet discovered

Scientists using Kepler 2 telescope have discovered hot, metallic, Earth-sized planet named K2-229b orbiting dwarf star located 260 million light years away. They had employed Doppler spectroscopy technique also known as ‘wobble method‘ to discover and characterise this faraway planet. K2-229b K2-229b planet is almost 20% larger than Earth but has mass which is over two-and-a-half Read More…