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What are Sunspots, and why they occasionally spark worry

Sunspots and solar flares Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: A massive Sunspot group, AR2770, was spotted by a space observation agency using images of the Sun’s surface from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). A few minor space flares emitted by this particular Sunspot group have also been observed. About: Sunspots and Solar flares …

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China officially commissions BeiDou sat navigation system

BeiDou sat navigation system Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: BeiDou sat navigation system China has officially commissioned its BeiDou satellite navigation system (BDS), which will compete with the Global Positioning System (GPS) of the United States. BeiDou means “Big Dipper” in Chinese. The official commissioning comes after the successful launch of the last …

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NASA warns of huge asteroid approaching Earth on July 24

Asteroid 2020 ND Approx Read Time: 6 minutes In News: A huge asteroid referred to as “Asteroid 2020 ND” will move past Earth on July 24.  News Summary: Asteroid 2020 ND: Asteroid 2020 ND is classified as Near-Earth Object (NEO) and Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA) by NASA. The distance from the earth is what categories this asteroid as “potentially …

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Dhruvastra: ‘made in India’ anti-tank guided Nag missile

Dhruvastra aka HELINA Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted flight trials of the helicopter-launched anti-tank guided Nag Missile (HELINA). The missile has now been named as Dhruvastra. News Summary: In the wake of ongoing border tensions between India and China, DRDO conducted flight trials of the …

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Science Bytes: China launches ambitious Mars mission

China’s Mars mission Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: China has successfully launched an unmanned probe, called Tianwen 1 or Quest for Heavenly Truth 1 to Mars. The name of the probe is taken from the title of a poem by Qu Yuan, who lived from 340 to 278 BCE. The launch took place …

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