Forest fires spike air pollution in Nepal’s major cities, Kathmandu ranks 3rd globally in pollution index

Kathmandu: Incidences of forest fires reported across Nepal have led to a surge in air pollution in major cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara. Air quality has deteriorated significantly, with Kathmandu ranking as the third most polluted city globally this afternoon, recording an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 165. It was measured 158 in Khumaltar,… Continue reading Forest fires spike air pollution in Nepal’s major cities, Kathmandu ranks 3rd globally in pollution index

Solar eclipse tomorrow

Kathmandu: As the world prepares for a celestial spectacle, a solar eclipse is set to engulf parts of North America in darkness on April 8. However, observers in Nepal will miss out on this event, as confirmed by B.P. Koirala Memorial Planetarium, Observatory, and Science Museum Development Board in Kathmandu. According to reports from NASA,… Continue reading Solar eclipse tomorrow

Astronomers spot new tiny moons around Neptune and Uranus

This August 1989 image provided by NASA shows the planet Neptune photographed by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, processed to enhance the visibility of small features. Photo Courtesy: NASA via AP

Kathmandu: Astronomers have found three previously unknown moons in our solar system — two additional moons circling Neptune and one around Uranus. The distant tiny moons were spotted using powerful land-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, and announced Friday by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center. The latest tally puts Neptune at 16 known… Continue reading Astronomers spot new tiny moons around Neptune and Uranus

Astronomers spot new tiny moons around Neptune and Uranus

File Photo Workers on scaffolding repaint the NASA logo near the top of the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Photo Courtesy: AP

Kathmandu: Astronomers have found three previously unknown moons in our solar system — two additional moons circling Neptune and one around Uranus. The distant tiny moons were spotted using powerful land-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, and announced Friday by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center. The latest tally puts Neptune at 16 known… Continue reading Astronomers spot new tiny moons around Neptune and Uranus

Japan: Moon lander Slim comes back to life and resumes mission

Kathmandu: Japan’s Moon lander has resumed operations after being shut down for a week due to a power supply issue. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) said it re-established contact with the lander on Sunday, indicating that the glitch had been fixed. Its solar cells are working again after a shift in lighting conditions allowed… Continue reading Japan: Moon lander Slim comes back to life and resumes mission

Iran launches 3 satellites into space that are part of a Western-criticized program as tensions rise

Iran said Sunday it successfully launched three satellites into space, the latest for a program that the West says improves Tehran’s ballistic missiles. The state-run IRNA news agency said the launch also saw the successful use of Iran’s Simorgh rocket, which has had multiple failures in the past.The launch comes as heightened tensions grip the… Continue reading Iran launches 3 satellites into space that are part of a Western-criticized program as tensions rise

Cloned rhesus monkey created to speed medical research

Chinese researchers have cloned the first rhesus monkey, a species which is widely used in medical research because its physiology is similar to humans. They say they could speed up drug testing, as genetically identical animals give like-for-like results, providing greater certainty in trials. Previous attempts to clone a rhesus have either not led to… Continue reading Cloned rhesus monkey created to speed medical research

More delays for NASA’s astronaut moonshots

File Photo Workers on scaffolding repaint the NASA logo near the top of the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Photo Courtesy: AP

Kathmandu: Astronauts will have to wait until next year before flying to the moon and at least two years before landing on it, under the latest round of delays announced by NASA on Tuesday. The space agency had planned to send four astronauts around the moon late this year, but pushed the flight to September… Continue reading More delays for NASA’s astronaut moonshots