Tagged: Astronomy

Prepare yourself for Supermoon – Rare celestial event you don’t want to miss

Supermoon

We look up into the sky and the first thing we notice is the moon along with the stars. However, tonight it’s going to be hard to deny the magnificence of the moon as it will bring bliss to astronomy lovers. Yes folks, Supermoon will steal all the limelight tonight as moon will be closest to Earth in 70 years and this won’t happen again until 2034. That calls for cancelling all your appointments and get you photography equipment ready for the mega event. And yes, hope that you’ll get a clear blue sky to witness the Supermoon in full glory.
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Starry Sky Envelopes – Miniature planetarium for light polluted cities

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Are you always fascinated by the starry sky? Intrigued by what’s out there and how expansive the universe actually is? Then you’ve landed at the right place. This might sound strange, but for star gazers it is the perfect thing to get hold of. The Starry Sky Envelopes are developed keeping in mind urban areas where artificial lighting is so intense that seeing the stars is a bit of a rare event.
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“FAST”- World’s largest radio telescope is finally complete!

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We’ve been following “FAST”, the world’s largest radio telescope currently being installed in China and now there is some good news. The final piece of this telescope located in southwest of China’s Guizhou Province has been installed, which means it is complete now after five years of hard work. This telescope having 500-meter wide aperture is the size of 30 football fields and has 4,450 individual panels. Interestingly, the humongous telescope is all set to start operations in September this year. It cost the builders almost $180 million in total so far and now the telescope is going into its next stage of trials.
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Indian start-up eyes Moon Rover mission in the Google Lunar XPrize competition

Google Lunar XPrize Team Indus India

Google Lunar XPrize Team Indus rover

India’s small startup Team Indus, founded by IIT Delhi students headed by Rahul Narayan has won the major chunk of Google Lunar XPrize, a global competition aiming to land robotic spacecraft on the surface of Moon by December 31, 2016. Competing against other established groups who have vast experience in the field of robotics and space exploration, the India’s team won $1 million for the lander category, which apparently is the most complex piece of the rover destined for Moon. The Bangalore-based team has also been short-listed for imaging system and the prize was handed to Narayan and his team at an event in the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
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Lunar Mission One looking to drill moon’s surface to reveal new secrets

Lunar Mission One robotic moon lander

Lunar Mission One robotic moon lander

Those of you who are interested in astronomy and fascinated by the Apollo Moon landing mission, here is your one-off chance to make history. A project is up on Kickstarter that goes by the name Lunar Mission One which plans to send an unmanned robotic landing module to the South Pole of the Moon. After successfully landing on the uninhibited moon surface the probe will attempt to drill the surface to the depth of at-least 20m and to a maximum of 100m. This will give the chance to discover geological composition of the Moon and understand the evolution of solar system in greater detail.
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DIY: Stargaze with the cheap yet powerful Pikon 3D printed telescope

3D printed telescope by University of Sheffiled

Those of you who are interested in astronomy, and the mystery of this galaxy never seizes to amaze you, just by looking at the seamless sea of stars up above, telescope is the best tool to have. Those who can afford to buy expensive telescopes get lucky enough to have a closer view of the celestial bodies and take some pictures. But those who can’t afford expensive telescopes can just hope to buy them some day. That is about to change as researchers at the University of Sheffiled, UK have managed to 3D print a telescope called Pikon using cheap, basic material that is accessible to anyone.
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DIY Homemade satellite by South Korean artist all set to be launched into space

As unbelievable as it might sound but it is real that a 34 year old South Korean artist, Song Ho Jun is all set to launch his homemade satellite into space. According to him making a satellite is not that difficult with internet and social platforms there to help you out and he proved it all right with his $ 500 OpenSat satellite. The idea of building a DIY satellite struck him while he was working at a private satellite company and the deep rooted contacts with professionals in aerospace industry also helped him a lot.
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