The Blue Supermoon: Date, Timing, Significance; here's all you need to know about the celestial spectacle
The rare "blue supermoon" on August 30, 2023, brings together a supermoon, blue moon, and Hindu festival Rakhi Purnima. A celestial trifecta that's more than just poetic, this event signifies rare lunar phenomena and cultural celebrations.
View: Where are India Inc.’s moonshots? Spending on innovations needs a boost
Chandryaan 3: India's successful moon landing could inspire the country's risk-averse private sector to invest more in moonshots of their own. The lack of investment in foundational technologies is a concern, especially in the fields of artificial intelligence and energy. While capital is not a constraint for large Indian companies, they have yet to fully leverage their resources.
ISRO sets sights on Sun, Venus and Mars: Successful moon landing boosts India's space ambitions
India's space agency, ISRO, is preparing for its next mission to investigate the Sun with the launch of the Aditya-L1 spacecraft. This will be India's first space-based solar observatory and will be positioned in a halo orbit around the Sun. Following the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, ISRO Chairman S Somanath expressed confidence in future missions to Mars, Venus, and beyond. The experience gained from probing the Moon's south pole will be valuable in preparing for future interplanetary conquests. ISRO also has plans for a Venus mission in 2024.
Home Minister Amit Shah hails successful landing of Chandrayaan-3
In a giant leap for its space programme, India's moon mission Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the lunar south pole at 6.04 pm, propelling the country to an exclusive club of four and making it the first country to land on the uncharted surface. "As the world watches Chandrayaan-3 script India's epoch in space, I express my heartfelt gratitude to ISRO and our scientists for their undeterred efforts to make this mission a historic success.
Eastern states' CM's hail 'another giant leap for humanity'
Assam Chief Minister Himant Biswa Sarma who was watching the landing at a school in Guwahati, tweeted "Another giant leap for humanity!", taking a leaf out of astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous statement after becoming the first man to step on the Moon in 1969.
NASA, ESA congratulate India on success of Chandrayaan-3 mission
The Chandrayaan-3 mission, led by scientists at ISRO, made history on Wednesday after India became the first nation in the world to land near the South Pole of the moon.India also became the fourth nation to make a soft landing on the moon after the erstwhile USSR, the US, and China.
India's historic moon landing marks latest triumph in humanity's lunar exploration odyssey, here's a timeline
India has successfully landed its spacecraft, Chandrayaan-3's Vikram lander, on the Moon's surface. This achievement marks a significant milestone in India's progress in lunar exploration. The country's rover, Pragyan, is set to begin a series of experiments on the lunar surface. This historic event adds to the ongoing story of humanity's fascination with the Moon. The landing comes at a time when the world's attention is focused on the Moon's south pole and the possibilities it holds. India is now the fourth nation to achieve a successful lunar landing, following the United States, Russia, and China.
NASA picks geology team for first crewed lunar landing mission
Amid the frenzied anticipation in India around its third lunar mission - Chandrayaan-3, American space agency NASA has chosen a geology team that will develop the surface science strategy for the first crewed lunar landing mission in more than 50 years, the agency informed through an official release.
Chandrayaan-3: Poet-diplomat Abhay K pens 'Moon Anthem' ahead of attempted lunar landing
As India prepares for its third lunar mission, 'Chandrayaan-3', poet and diplomat Abhay K has written a 'Moon Anthem' to commemorate the event. The anthem describes the moon as a celestial diamond and a silver goddess, symbolizing the importance of the mission.
This indigenous game-changing tech will ensure Chandrayaan-3's soft landing on Moon
Factors such as slopes, sun exposure, and communication were considered in selecting the landing site. A new hazard detection system will help ensure a soft touchdown, while a laser sensor will measure the craft's velocity. Lessons from the previous Chandrayaan-2 mission have been incorporated to overcome challenges. The mission's instruments will capture data on location, speed, altitude, and environment. Chandrayaan-3 represents a significant milestone for India's space exploration efforts.
Chandrayaan-3's mission to lunar south pole: Expert explains Moon's many mysteries
As India prepares for its Chandrayaan-3 lunar landing, an expert discusses the Moon's geological history, the significance of its south pole, and the presence of water and ice. The Moon is estimated to be about 4.5 billion years old, formed from a collision between a Mars-sized celestial body and Earth. Objects on the Moon weigh significantly less due to its weaker gravitational pull, approximately one-sixth of Earth's.
SpiceJet questions maintainability of Wilmington’s insolvency plea
SpiceJet has disputed the merit of an application by Wilmington Trust SP Services to start insolvency proceedings against SpiceJet. Wilmington cited unpaid rental fees allegedly owed by the airline to Aircastle (Ireland). However, SpiceJet denied the debt claim and said it was not an operational creditor to Wilmington, but rather to Aircastle.
Bengaluru to experience enchanting 'Zero Shadow Day' phenomenon today
'Zero shadow days,' a phenomenon where the sun stands directly overhead, is set to grace the skies of Bengaluru on Friday, where shadows almost seem to vanquish. The science behind this captivating event lies in the Earth's axial tilt, contributing to the sun's unique shadow effects, which are observable twice a year in Bengaluru.
NCLT defers hearing in insolvency pleas against SpiceJet to August 18
While the tribunal noted that a notice could be issued in the matter, the senior counsel for the airline asked for a day's time to study the judgments. The matter is listed for August 18, along with a petition filed by yet another lessor Wilmington Trust SP Services (Dublin) Ltd. Spicejet has been arguing against the maintainability of Wilmingtons petition claiming that it is a subsidiary of Aircastle (Ireland) Ltd.
India's Chandrayaan-3 and Russia's Luna-25: Race to Moon's south pole heats up
A key factor in the differing arrival times of the two missions is their respective mass and fuel efficiency. Luna-25 has a leaner lift-off mass of only 1,750 kilograms, significantly lighter than Chandrayaan-3's 3,800 kg. This reduced mass allows Luna-25 to accelerate more effectively, according to India's space agency ISRO.
India's Chandrayaan-3 and Russia's Luna-25: Race to Moon's south pole heats up
While Chandrayaan-3 plans to be the first to land on the Moon's south pole, Luna-25's swift trajectory has cast new light, say experts as anticipation builds up. The proximity, possible overlap, of their landing dates -- August 21-23 for Luna-25 and August 23-24 for Chandrayaan-3 -- has intensified global attention.
Unusual Celestial Phenomenon: Bengaluru all set to witness Zero Shadow Day on August 18
The Indian city of Bengaluru is preparing for Zero Shadow Day, which will occur there on 18 August 2023. The event, which happens twice a year, arises because of Earths 23.5-degree tilt from the plan of its orbit. This means the sun never sits directly overhead but has a slightly lower altitude to the north or south. Zero Shadow Day occurs only in areas situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. During the phenomenon, stationary objects such as people will cast no shadows on the ground.
NASA's James Webb Telescope captures stunning image of farthest star at 28 billion light years away
The telescope used the gravitational lensing technique and traced back to the universe's earliest era, roughly 13.8 billion years ago. The star was identified earlier by the Hubble space telescope and belongs to the Sunrise Arc galaxy. The star's remoteness was earlier estimated to be 12.9 billion light-years away from Earth, but astronomers now suggest the star's actual distance is almost 28 billion light-years away.
Bengaluru: Discovery of a new star challenges existing ideas of star formation
Scientists at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bengaluru have discovered a rare carbon-enhanced metal-poor (CEMP) star that suggests an unexpected combination of neutron-capture processes contributed to its formation. The intermediate process (i-process), which is related to low-mass asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars, and the slow process (s-process), which occurs when low-mass stars die. The discovery provides insight into the chemical composition of stars and the evolution of galaxies. The star, HE 1005-1439, has challenged established ideas about how stars form and could broaden knowledge about the universe.
After Perseid, stargazers await next cosmic marvel: What's next in the night sky
The night sky was illuminated by shooting stars as the global spectacle of the yearly Perseid meteor shower unfolded on Saturday night. Now the stargazers are looking forward towards the next spectacle.
Get ready for the spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower 2023: When and where to watch it?
The Perseid meteor shower, caused by Earth passing through the debris of Swift-Tuttle comet, will offer stunning displays of shooting stars. Residents of rural areas, particularly Northern Hemisphere viewers, will have the most awe-inspiring experience before dawn on August 13. NASA warned in 1993 of the potential danger caused by meteor activity when they delayed the STS-51 launch. Although scientific evidence is scarce, astrologists believe meteor showers may impact our lives through our zodiac signs.
Moon mining - Why are major powers eyeing a lunar gold rush?
Russia launched its first moon-landing spacecraft in 47 years on Friday. The country plans to launch further lunar missions, including exploring the possibility of a joint Russian-Chinese crewed mission and even a lunar base. Major powers such as the US, China, and India aim to discover more about the moon, its water, and minerals such as helium-3 and rare earth metals, which are used in smartphones, computers, and advanced technologies. The law regarding moon mining is unclear.
Here's how ISRO's ingenious design will ensure Chandrayaan-3's 'Vikram lander' touchdown
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed a new plan to ensure successful landing of its 'Chandrayaan-3' Vikram lander even if its sensors or engines malfunction. The ISRO chairman explained the robustness of its well-engineered architecture and advanced algorithms. The lander is set to touch down on the lunar surface on 23 August 2021. Advanced de-orbiting maneuvers will align the spacecraft with the lunar surface, followed by an intricate sequence of strategic manoeuvres, to ensure a secure touchdown. ISRO's meticulous approach has contingency plans in place.
Perseid Meteor Shower set to peak: How, where, and when to witness this dazzling display
Stargazers should be ready Prepare to get mesmerized by this celestial dance of shooting stars, as the Perseid meteor shower unveils its captivating beauty in the night skies. Heres how to watch natures brilliance.
Capturing August 2023 Supermoon: Tips for Instagram-worthy photograph on your phone or camera
The first full Moon of August, also referred to as the Sturgeon Moon, is set to appear on the evening of August 1, 2023, at 9:22 pm BST. It will be visible in its full glory not only on that day but also on the day before and after.
Hubble Space Telescope captures a planet’s atmosphere being stripped away by a star
The Hubble Space Telescope has observed planet AU Mic b, which is located outside of our solar system, being stripped of its hydrogen atmosphere by energy outbursts from its star, marking an unexpected phenomenon. AU Mic is home to one of the youngest planetary systems ever observed, as its star is less than 100 million years old.
Celestial events in August 2023: Where and when to witness rare double supermoons this month?
In August 2023, skygazers worldwide will witness two Supermoons and a rare Blue Moon, making it an exceptional celestial show. The Sturgeon Moon, also known as the first Full Moon, named after the Giant Sturgeon, is set to grace the skies on August 1. The Super Blue Moon, a combination of rare phenomena, will peak on August 30, 2023. Seasonal Blue Moons occur when there are four full moons in one season. Observers are encouraged to choose dark sky locations and check the weather forecast. Binoculars or a telescope may enhance the stargazing experience.
August Sky Show: Rare double supermoon and blue moon offer celestial delights; here's what makes it a rare occurrence
This August, skywatchers will witness two Supermoons and a rare Blue Moon, the first of which will peak at 2:32 pm EDT on August 1 and last for almost three days. The monthly Blue Moon is the second full moon in a single calendar month that has already experienced one full moon, while the Seasonal Blue Moon represents the third full moon of an astronomical season comprising four full moons. The occurrence of Blue Moons happens about every two to three years, and in rare cases, certain natural catastrophes can cause particles to enter the atmosphere, leading to genuine blue-tinted moons.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 Mission: Who are among the crew members and what will they do? Here’s everything you may want to know about the upcoming launch
By conducting a multitude of scientific experiments and technology demonstrations, NASAs SpaceX Crew-7 mission aims to contribute to the advancement of space exploration and bring tangible benefits to humanity back on Earth.
Want to become aerospace engineer? Here is all you should know
Aerospace engineers are responsible for the design, development, and production of aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. Students with a 50% average in Physics, Chemistry and Maths in 10+2 are eligible for the course with job opportunities such as Aerospace Designer Checker, and Mechanical Design Engineer. Aerospace engineers are expected to be in considerable demand in the future.
Celebrating KS Chithra, the timeless melody weaver of Indian cinema's playback singing
Chithra's musical prowess has earned her an extensive repertoire of over 25,000 recorded songs in various languages. Her exceptional talent has been recognized with six prestigious National Film Awards and over 30 State Film Awards from different regions. Even after four decades, Chithra remains a beloved and sought-after choice among musicians, a testament to her enduring charm and unmatched artistry.
NASA's mesmerizing Saturn images ignite cosmic wonder among netizens
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured stunning images of Saturn and its enchanting moons, leaving viewers in awe and wonder. One striking photo shows Saturn with its majestic rings appearing as a delicate line across its yellow surface, with Mimas accompanying the planet in the frame. The image was taken from around 576,000 miles away by Cassini, while it studied Saturn's atmosphere, magnetosphere, moons, and rings.
Chandrayaan-3 to explore possibility of human settlement on Moon: Science Minister Jitendra Singh
India's Chandrayaan-3 mission will explore the Moon where Chandrayaan-1 left off in 2009. It will search for more evidence of water molecules and possible resources to sustain life. The mission's focus on the unexplored South Pole region could revolutionize lunar science and open doors to future human habitation through startup ventures, Union minister of state for science Jitendra Singh said.
ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 endeavour receives ground support from space agencies of US, EU and Australia
India launched its third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, in collaboration with various international space agencies including the European Space Agency, Australian Space Agency and NASA. The mission aims to demonstrate technologies required for interplanetary spaceflight and to achieve India's first ever soft landing on another celestial body.
Scientist discovers mysterious metal pieces in Pacific Ocean, potentially of extraterrestrial origin
Metal fragments found in the Pacific Ocean may have originated from outer space, according to Avi Loeb, a leading astrophysicist. The components, discovered at great depths, do not resemble any known earthly materials and bear a remarkable resemblance to an unidentified object that crash-landed on Earth in 2014.
What practices must be followed on the first Sawan Somwar of this auspicious month?
The auspicious commencement of Sawan will be accompanied by Sukarma Yoga, Revati Nakshatra, and Shravan Krishna Ashtami Tithi, as indicated by the panchang. To appease Lord Shiva, devotees engage in various offerings such as honey, curd, milk, flowers, bel patra, ghee, and sugar, with the intent of fulfilling their wishes and desires. A prevalent custom in many parts of the country involves fasting during the first Sawan Somwar, during which certain restrictions are observed.
Here's everything you need to know before ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 launch on 13th July
Chandrayaan-3 serves as a follow up to the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which unfortunately experienced an unsuccessful landing on September 6, 2019. During Chandrayaan-2, the Vikram lander failed to achieve a soft landing, resulting in the mission's setback. The upcoming Chandrayaan-3 mission aims to rectify this setback and successfully execute a soft landing on the lunar surface. So far, only three countries—the United States, the erstwhile Soviet Union, and China—have achieved successful moon landings.
A diva for ages! Rekha graces Vogue Arabia cover; from regal to bling, the stunner steals the show in four dazzling looks
Bollywood veteran actress Rekha graced the cover of Vogue Arabia magazine, dressed in opulent ensembles by fashion designer Manish Malhotra. Each of the looks exuded an air of sophistication, glamor and elegance that solidified her status as a timeless fashion icon.
First supermoon of 2023 today: Why it's called Buck Moon, when it will be visible in India
The first supermoon of 2023, also known as buck moon, will appear on Monday, July 3, when the Moon will appear to be brighter and 7 per cent larger than its normal appearance. In India, the full moon sight will appear at around 5:08 pm on Monday. Full moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon are aligned on opposite sides of Earth.
Bordeaux Wine Festival amazes spectators with breathtaking drone show
Internet users worldwide were enthralled by the remarkable drone formations witnessed during the festival. Delighted spectators marveled at the fusion of artistry and technology, recognizing that even time-honored traditions could embrace the wonders of the digital age.
View: Indo-US partnership soars on outer space alliance
Indeed, the credit goes to Prime Minister Modi who, during the last nine years, took a series of unorthodox and path-breaking decisions which enabled India to achieve a quantum jump in key areas, as a result of which, for example, the US, which had begun its space journey several years before India, today solicits India as an equal partner in its future endeavours.