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Meet 'Bernardbowen'- the new minor planet

Meet 'Bernardbowen'- the new minor planet

In a major development, a team of scientists have officially named a minor planet as 'Bernardbowen' that sits in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

The minor planet was discovered on October 28, 1991, and until now has been known as (6196) 1991 UO4, but the name has been given by an Australian citizen science project 'theSkyNet', who won a competition to name the celestial body.

The planet was named by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in honour of their founding chairman Dr. Bernard Bowen.

NASA needs your help in finding new ninth planet

NASA needs your help in finding new ninth planet

New York [USA], Feb. 17 : NASA has called on the world to help it in the search for the new ninth planet, as anyone from a kindergartener to a 95-year-old, can participate in their new project to find the not-yet-discovered celestial body.

To let anyone participate in this search project of ninth planet, the Zooniverse space projects site has launched a NASA-funded venture, Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, reports CNN.

"There are really low barriers to entry," Dr. Laura Trouille of Zooniverse.

Two largest satellite galaxies Magellanic Clouds bridged by stars

Two largest satellite galaxies Magellanic Clouds bridged by stars

According to an international team of astronomers led by researchers from University Of Cambridge, the Magellanic Clouds, the two largest satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, appear to be connected by a bridge stretching across 43,000 light years.

The discovery is based on the Galactic Stellar census being conducted by the European Space Observatory, Gaia and reported in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS).

Universe could be a vast, complex hologram: Study

Universe could be a vast, complex hologram: Study

A study has provided, what researchers believe is the first observational evidence, that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram.

The researchers, from the University of Southampton (UK), University of Waterloo, Canada, Perimeter Institute (Canada), INFN, Lecce (Italy) and the University of Salento (Italy), have published findings in the journal Physical Review Letters.

Researchers discover planet-eating star, similar to Sun

Researchers discover planet-eating star, similar to Sun

In a recent research, a team of scientists from the University of Chicago has made the rare discovery of a planetary system with a host star similar to Earth's sun.

Published in the Astronomy and Astrophysics journal, what's most intriguing about the research is the star's unusual composition, which indicates it ingested some of its planets.

"It doesn't mean that the sun will 'eat' the Earth any time soon. But our discovery provides an indication that violent histories may be common for planetary systems, including our own," said Jacob Bean, co-author of the study.

Orionid meteor shower to peak Friday morning

Orionid meteor shower to peak Friday morning

The Orionid meteor shower, which is typically spawned by Halley's Comet every year in the fall, is all set to make its comeback.

According to astronomers, the eagerly anticipated meteor shower will reach its peak in the early morning hours of this Friday. However, sky gazers should not expect much because the glare from the waning moon will be hampering the visibility.

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MAVEN images show Mars’ atmosphere in unprecedented detail

MAVEN images show Mars’ atmosphere in unprecedented detail

Managers for NASA's Mars Atmosphere & Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) project have released new images, showing the Red Planet's atmosphere in unprecedented detail.

The out-of-this-world images of the Red Planet show the ultraviolet (UV) glow from the planet's atmosphere in such a detail that was previously never noticed. The new images revealed the Martian atmosphere's dynamic and previously unseen behavior.

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Moon’s surface to turn over much earlier than previously estimated: NASA

Moon’s surface to turn over much earlier than previously estimated: NASA

A new study by NASA scientists has suggested that the surface of Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite, drastically changes after some 81,000 years because of it is pounded by scores of meteoroids every day.

A fresh analysis of data collected by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft revealed that scores of space rocks are hitting Moon’s surface daily, creating new craters and changing the appearance of the surface more frequently than previous thought.

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Supernova explosion likely occurred close to Earth in ancient past

Supernova explosion likely occurred close to Earth in ancient past

By discovering supernova iron on the moon, a team of researchers has confirmed that a star died near our solar system in the ancient past.

A dying star ends its life in a cataclysmic explosion, shooting the majority of the star's material, primarily new chemical elements created during the explosion, out into space.

`Snowstorm of stars` captured at heart of Milky Way

`Snowstorm of stars`Snowstorm of stars` captured at heart of Milky Way

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a new, spectacular image of the center of our Milky Way.

Peering deep into the heart of our galaxy, Hubble revealed a rich tapestry of more than half a million stars. Except for a few blue foreground stars, the stars are part of the Milky Way's nuclear star cluster, the most massive and densest star cluster in our galaxy.

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