Space
  • ESO Telescope Sees Star Dance Around Supermassive Black Hole, Proves Einstein Right
    13:00 - Apr 18 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Observations made with ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed for the first time that a star orbiting the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way moves just as predicted by Einstein's general theory of relativity. Its orbit is shaped like a rosette and not like an ellipse as predicted by Newton's theory of gravity. This long-sought-after result was made possible by increasingly precise measurements over nearly 30 years, which have enabled scientists to unlock the mysteries of the behemoth lurking at the heart of our galaxy.
  • Supernova That Outshines All Others
    13:52 - Apr 14 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- A supernova at least twice as bright and energetic, and likely much more massive than any yet recorded has been identified by an international team of astronomers, led by the University of Birmingham.
  • Official: Iran to Orbit Satellites in 1,000-km Altitude in 2 Years
    16:58 - Apr 13 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari announced Iran's plan to orbit high-quality satellites in an altitude of 1,000km above the Earth.
  • What Makes Saturn's Atmosphere So Hot
    12:40 - Apr 09 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- The upper layers in the atmospheres of gas giants -- Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune -- are hot, just like Earth's. But unlike Earth, the Sun is too far from these outer planets to account for the high temperatures. Their heat source has been one of the great mysteries of planetary science.
  • Milky Way May Have 100 Faint Satellite Galaxies
    13:26 - Apr 08 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Just as the sun has planets and the planets have moons, our galaxy has satellite galaxies, and some of those might have smaller satellite galaxies of their own. To wit, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a relatively large satellite galaxy visible from the Southern Hemisphere, is thought to have brought at least six of its own satellite galaxies with it when it first approached the Milky Way, based on recent measurements from the European Space Agency's Gaia mission.
  • ISA Announces 4-Step Plan to Develop Space Technology in New Year
    17:19 - Apr 04 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Iranian Space Agency Morteza Barari announced on Saturday that ISA is planning to develop space infrastructures in four steps in the current Iranian year (started March 20, 2020).
  • Odd Orbits of 'Tatooine' Planetary Disks
    14:03 - Mar 21 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks orbiting the most compact binary star systems share very nearly the same plane, disks encircling wide binaries have orbital planes that are severely tilted. These systems can teach us about planet formation in complex environments.
  • NASA Shuts Down 2 More Rocket Facilities After Engineer Tests Positive for Covid-19, in 'Major Setback' to 2024 Moon Flight Hopes
    15:00 - Mar 20 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- NASA announced the closure of two rocket production and testing centers after an engineer at one facility contracted the coronavirus, potentially shattering the ambitious dream of a manned Moon mission in 2024.
  • Mercury's Daytime Heat: Making Ice at Caps
    09:41 - Mar 20 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- It is already hard to believe that there is ice on Mercury, where daytime temperatures reach 400 degrees Celsius, or 750 degrees Fahrenheit. Now an upcoming study says that the Vulcan heat on the planet closest to the sun likely helps make some of that ice.
  • Black Hole Team Discovers Path to Razor-Sharp Black Hole Images
    12:07 - Mar 19 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Last April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) sparked international excitement when it unveiled the first image of a black hole. Today, a team of researchers have published new calculations that predict a striking and intricate substructure within black hole images from extreme gravitational light bending.
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