I have got this awesome Infographic from SPACE.com and thought of sharing with all..
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I have got this awesome Infographic from SPACE.com and thought of sharing with all..
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 12:14 AM
Friday, May 11, 2012
Year 2012 is very special for us because of various reasons including Transit of Venus on Jun 06, 2012. Yes, Transit of Venus is going to be one of the very unique event of our entire Life.
What is Transit of Venus..?
When Venus passes between Earth and Sun, the event is known as Transit of Venus. Transit of Venus occurs in a particular manner where a pair of transits occur in duration of 8 years and this pattern repeats in every 243 years. The First of this pair occured June 08, 2004 and after 8 years, now it is time for second transit of that pair, which is going to happen on June 06, 2012...
Visible timing in India:
03:39:21 -- Ingress exterior (Transit of Venus begins)
03:57:09 -- Ingress interior (Start of Umbra)
05:22:13 -- Transit of Venus visible at sunrise
07:10:23 -- Maximum Transit (center of Transit)
10:05:06 -- Egress interior (End of Umbra)
10:22:25 -- Egress exterior (Transit of Venus ends)
Start point of Transit is calculated when the planet's disk is externally tangent with the Sun. Then Venus will traverse across the Sun's disk as a black spot and it will take around 5-6 hours for this. Then Venus will reach to the opposite solar limb. The time when the planet's disk will again become tangent with the Sun will be calculated as End point of Transit.
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 7:31 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The second of two Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahan) of year 2011, will be on December 10, 2011. The first was occurred on June 15, 2011. The Eclipse will occur in Aries constellation (Mesha Rashi) and close to star 41 Arietis (Bharani Nakshatra). Total Lunar Eclipse - the moon is fully covered - is from 7:36:16 PM IST to 8:37:24 PM IST.Visibility: It will be visible in India, , Nepal, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia and United States. Duration (hh:mm:ss) : Totality -- 00:51:08 Partial -- 3:32:15 Penumbra -- 5:56:21 Stages and timings: P1 = 17:03:36 IST / 11:33:36 UTC U1 = 18:15:43 IST / 12:45:43 UTC U2 = 19:36:16 IST / 14:06:16 UTC Max = 20:01:49 IST / 14:31:49 UTC U3 = 20:27:24 IST / 14:57:24 UTC U4 = 21:47:58 IST / 16:17:58 UTC P2 = 22:59:57 IST / 17:29:57 UTC
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 11:21 AM
Friday, September 16, 2011
One more fascinating discovery by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. “A planet named as Kepler 16b, orbiting a binary start system around 200 light-years away for us”… This is very interesting as the same kind of stuff was shown in Star Wars 30 years back, where a planet named Tatooine shown to orbit a double start system. Though there is very less or almost no possibility of life on Kepler 16b because it is very cold and gaseous, which was not the case with Tatooine as shown in Star Wars.
I would say it is not important factor that Kepler does not resembles Tatooine in structure, but the important fact is.. we have found a brand new class of planetary system. The system where planets can orbit a binary star system in which the stars itself orbit each other. This is a new world where two Suns set over horizon everyday… and give a very unique 3 bodies eclipse opportunity..!!
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 11:32 AM
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL is a lunar mission by NASA and scheduled to be launched on September 8, 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 17B. Though there are launch opportunities till Oct 19, 2011.
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 5:35 PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
During June 15th late night to June 16th early morning we will witness one of the largest and darkest Lunar Eclipse of this century. The total phase of this lunar eclipse will last 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000 and next such eclipse will take place in 2041.The full eclipse will be visible from south west Africa, Madagascar, the Middle East, central Asia, India, Sri Lanka, eastern China, Bangladesh, western Myanmar, western Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, western Indonesia, Antarctica, and western edge of Western Australia. Details of eclipse are as follows:
|June 15||P1||Moon enters penumbra||22:53:05|
|June 15||U1||Moon enters umbra||23:52:37|
|June 16||U2||Start of totality||00:52:11|
|June 16||U||Maximum eclipse||01:42:24|
|June 16||U3||End of totality||02:33:02|
|June 16||U4||Moon leaves umbra||03:32:35|
|June 16||P4||Moon leaves penumbra||04:32:15|
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 9:30 AM
Thursday, May 26, 2011
A Letter from Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 4:24 PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Below are the sighting opportunities of International Space Station in next few days… Keep tracking…!!
|Satellite||Local(Date/Time)||Duration(Min)||MAX Elev(Deg)||Approach (Deg-Dir)||Departure (Deg-Dir)|
|Wed May 04/08:24 PM|
|10 above N||13 above NNE|
|Thu May 05/08:47 PM|
|14 above NNW||27 above NNW|
|Fri May 06/07:37 PM|
|10 above N||10 above ENE|
|Fri May 06/09:12 PM|
|14 above WNW||14 above WNW|
|Sat May 07/08:01 PM|
|17 above NNW||31 above ESE|
|Sun May 08/08:26 PM|
|19 above W||23 above SSW|
|Tue May 10/07:39 PM|
|21 above W||11 above S|
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 11:27 AM
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
STS -133 mission is going to be one of the milestone in human history because of various reasons out of which two are very important from my point of view.1. It will be the 39th and final flight of space shuttle Discovery. 2. Robonaut 2 or R2. R2 will be the first humanoid robot in space. Engineers will test and monitor how dexterous robots behave in space and how such devices can help astronauts in the future. In future it will work on the International Space Station and venture outside the station to help spacewalkers. R2 is jointly developed at the Johnson Space Center in Houston by General Motors and NASA. According to NASA, It can lift 20 pounds with each arm, which is about four times that of other humanoid robots. This is really good stuff… Anyways.. I am glad with this step.. but at the same time I am a little worried… lots of bad thoughts coming into my mind… Is this really good to send a Robot in space….? Can I say… we are are going to plant first seed of fictional Human war with intellegent robots…. ? Amagingly R2's face is similer to Boba Fett who was the main villain in Star Wars. Whatever it is, I wish I am wrong… but at the same time I can’t ignore a single possibility out of all impossibilities…!! References:http://www.nasa.gov(Details and Image taken from NASA website)
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 1:51 PM
Friday, February 4, 2011
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 3:44 PM
Thursday, January 13, 2011
But the only problem is, it is not in habitable zone because its orbital period is 0.84 days, and therefore, it is 20 times closer to its star (Kepler -10), with respect to distance of Mercury from our Sun.
But no worries… it just a beginning… there is a lot to be discovered. But yes there is no doubt that we have already started a glorious journey of revealing the secrets of this mysterious Universe.
No doubt, discovery of Kepler-10b is going to be one of the milestone, which will inspire our scientists to let the thought “Keep Discovering……” alive.
I wish all the very best and give my regards to NASA, ESA, ISRO… and all other space agencies and Institutions and the scientists who are involved in all these discoveries…
I have trust and I believe that one day we will definitely reveal the answer of the question… “Why we are here….?”.
References:http://www.nasa.gov(Details and Image taken from NASA website)
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 1:18 PM
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Same like last year(2010) we will be one of the witness of a beautiful natural phenomena , Solar Eclipse. But not like last year’s Jan-15th ,2010 Annular Eclipse, this year we will see Partial Solar Eclipse today on Jan-4th ,2011.
Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility will be Europe, Africa, Central Asia. The partial eclipse will be visible near sunrise over most of Europe and northeastern Asia. It will end at sunset over Western Asia. It will be visible as a minor partial eclipse over Northern Africa and the Arabian peninsula. The below diagram(Taken from NASA website) shows the trace of today’s partial solar eclipse.
Below is the list of Solar and Lunar Eclipses throughout the year 2011: During 2011, there will be four partial solar eclipses and two total lunar eclipses:
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 12:55 PM
Monday, January 25, 2010
Two excellent rovers landed on Mars in January 2004. Opportunity(MER-B) Mars Exploration Rover - B, is one of them which landed on Mars on 25th January 2004 05:05 Ground UTC (circa 13:15 local time). The first rover Spirit(MER-A) landed on Mars three weeks before MER-B, on other side of Mars on 04:35 Ground UTC on January 4, 2004.The original mission was planned for 90 sols(day on mars), but amazingly these excellent rovers have completed 6 glorious earth years. Today is the 6th earth anniversary of MER-B, yes the rover "Opportunity" is completing 6 earth years(2135 sols) on Mars. No doubt its a big achievement.. On this occasion, I would like to give my Regards and Congratulations to NASA for there tremendous creativity and initiatives. References: http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html; http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/profile.cfm?MCode=MER_B; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opportunity_rover
Posted by Roopesh Kumar Singh at 12:59 AM