Indian solar observatory captures gigantic spot on the Sun

The sun is beaming with energy and staring directly into it is a bad idea. But if you have a solar filter, you can look at the sun and what you will find is a gigantic sunspot moving on the surface of the Sun. The Kodaikanal Solar Observatory on the southern tip of the Palani Hills has captured the sunspot AR3190 in…

‘Planet killer’ asteroid found hiding in Sun’s glare. It could hit Earth

Over a month after Nasa successfully deflected an asteroid in deep space, astronomers have found three new Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) and they have been hiding in the inner solar system, making them difficult to find. A 1.5-kilometer-wide object, among the three, has an orbit that may someday place it in Earth’s…

James Webb Telescope launch postponed to December 22 due to rare incident

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is poised to become the biggest observatory beyond Earth, is delayed again, this time due to an incident that occurred during operations at the satellite preparation facility in Kourou, French Guiana. Nasa has moved the launch from December 18 to December 22 as…

Hubble telescope goes dark in space again, science ops shut on ageing observatory

Months after engineers resurrected the Hubble Space Telescope from the dead, the flying observatory is once again under threat. The spacecraft, which has been our eyes into the vastness of the cosmos, has gone into safe mode configuration suspending science operations forcing Nasa to launch an investigation. “The…

Mumbai records third highest one-day rainfall in July since 2009

Mumbai has received 253.3 mm rainfall in the 24 hours ending 8 am on Friday, making it the city’s third highest single-day rainfall in July in the last 12 years, the IMD data has revealed. This 24-hour period rainfall was recorded by India cDepartment’s Santacruz observatory in the state capital. On July 15, 2009,…