Author: Ishara Nimeshi

Space Probes: In Pursuit of Perception Beyond Earth

With a universe so vast, shrouded in mysteries, scientists are seeking ways to decipher those unsolved dilemmas beyond the Earth. Space probes are unpiloted spacecraft that travel beyond Earth’s orbit to gather information about outer space for scientists to study. They function independently, collecting data and returning it to Earth for various analyses. Throughout history, […]

Brown Dwarf ‘The Accident’: Neither Star Nor Planet

Brown dwarfs are sub-stellar objects with a mass that ranges between that of a planet and a star. Brown dwarfs are considered sub-stellar objects as they lack the mass required to satisfy nuclear fusion to become fully-fledged stars. Hence dubbed as “failed stars” by many, ” brown dwarfs emit dim light due to thermal radiation. […]

Apollo 11 Mission: One Giant Leap For Mankind

The Moon, bejeweling the cosmos as our nearest celestial neighbour has drawn curious minds towards its dusty craters and dead volcanoes since time immemorial. Through ages, from fly-bys to crewed missions, man has explored the Moon uncovering its enigmatic phenomena. The maiden lunar exploration expeditions were fulfilled by robotic machines and later advanced into crewed […]

Harvard Computers: Unsung Pioneers of Modern Astronomy

Before electronic computers were originated, the word “computers” referred to the “ones who compute”, the person who performed and processed the tedious calculations, typically the females. Teams of women performed the onerous task of transcribing raw data into analyzed and verified records. The “Harvard computers” were a group of remarkable women who operated astronomical data […]

Voyage to Unveil the Hazy: Spitzer Space Telescope

To unravel the cornucopia of hidden mysteries and to gather information on remote planets, galaxies, and other astronomical entities, NASA initiated the concept of a multi-wavelength set of Great Observatories by giving birth to four legendary observatories; to study the universe at the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Its fourth and last element is the Spitzer Space […]

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