Science and Technology

Astronomers Discovered New Planet ‘Mega-Earth’
US Astronomers from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CFA) have discovered a new type of rocky planet beyond the solar system that weighs more than 17 times as much as Earth while being just over twice the size. The so-called “mega-Earth” circles a very old star called Kepler-10, which is located about 560 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Draco.

Two New Planets Orbiting Ancient Star Discovered
Scientists have discovered two new planets orbiting an ancient star near our Sun and one of them may have liquid water on its surface, a key ingredient to support life. Researchers explained one of the planets, called Kapteyn b, is orbiting the star at the right distance to allow liquid water to exist on its surface.The second planet, Kapteyn c is a more massive super-Earth in comparison. Kapteyn’s Star is the 25th nearest star to the Sun – only 13 light years away from Earth.

PM Narendra Modi Dedicates INS Vikramaditya To The Nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 June dedicated India’s largest warship aircraft carrie INS Vikramaditya to the nation. During his visit to warship INS Vikramadtya off Goa coast in Arabian Sea, the Prime Minister was given a ceremonial guard of honour by the Navy and was briefed about the warship.

ISRO Successfully Launches PSLV-C23 Rocket carrying Five Foreign Satellites
ISRO(Indian Space Research Organisation)’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C23 was launched on 30 June 2014 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The PSLV C23 carried five satellites belonging to four countries namely France, Germany, Canada and Singapore.All these five satellites were launched under commercial arrangements that ANTRIX (ISRO’s commercial arm) has entered with the respective foreign agencies.

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