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Space alert: Hazardous asteroid nears Earth

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 10, 2013

alert-hazardous-nears-asteroid.nAll eyes are set at the skies as a big hazardous asteroid is nearing Earth. According to scientists there is an actual possibility that the 300-meter-wide Apophis will eventually strike our planet, but the catastrophe is not imminent.

On Wednesday the dangerous space traveler is passing Earth at 14 million km – the distance which raises no concerns. Apophis near approach, which may have been observed around 00:00 GMT, was traced by Slooh Space Camera.

The asteroid is planning a series of come backs of which the one in 2036 is said to be most threatening.

Named after the Ancient Egyptian evil demon, Apophis was discovered in 2004. The initial estimations indicated the probability that in 2029 the asteroid would strike Earth. However, additional calculations lessened this possibility and postponed it till 2036.

According to NASA scientists in 2029 Apophis may pass through a gravitational keyhole which would change his orbit causing imminent collision with Earth in 2036.

Russian scientists are planning to plant the asteroid with a radio beacon to trace its orbit and the risks Apophis pose to our planet. But the mission will only take place after 2020. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Ring of fire’ eclipse awes people…and lemurs

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2012

Skywatchers from Mount Fuji to the Grand Canyon enjoyed a treat: the moon nearly blotting out the sun to create a dramatic “ring of fire” over a narrow strip of eastern Asia and the western United States.

The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible in Asia early Monday. It then moved across the Pacific and was seen in parts of the western United States Sunday afternoon.

In Japan, “eclipse tours” were arranged at schools and parks, on pleasure boats and even private airplanes. Similar events were held in China and Taiwan as well, with skywatchers warned to protect their eyes.

In the US, viewing parties were held at observatories in Reno, Nevada, and Oakland, California, and elsewhere. Members of the crowd smiled and cheered and children yelled with excitement as the moon crossed the sun and the blazing halo of light began to form.

AFP Photo/Stan Honda
AFP Photo/Stan Honda

Some watched the eclipse by placing their viewing glasses on the front of their smartphones. And once the eclipse began, Twitter and Instagram exploded with mentions and photographs of the event.

Eventually, the moon centered and covered about 96 per cent of the sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hot Job: $150 a day – for sleeping

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 13, 2011

Moscow-based gallery is set to employ a professional sleeper

If you are a lazy bones longing for easy money and love partying all night and going to bed with the lark, we have the ideal job for you. A salary of $150 a day is on offer for simply sleeping in a gallery in your pyjamas from 10am to 9pm…

The unusual vacancy has opened with a Moscow art gallery which is seeking a person willing to spend three months sleeping in the gallery as an exhibit.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Wooden alien lands in Russia

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2011

Russia’s first ever statue of an alien has been unveiled near the city of Perm, in the Urals. It marks the site of the most

Wooden alien lands in Russia

frequent UFO sightings in Russia.

The wooden statue, almost two meters tall, was erected at the entrance to the village of Molebka. This place was not chosen accidentally as it is considered one of the most popular UFO hotspots in Russia, Itar-Tass reports.  Many believe that UFOs land there more often than in other places. The so-called Molebsky triangle was discovered in the 1980s.

“This is Russia’s first monument to a UFO,” the news agency quoted Nikolay Subbotin, the head of the Russian UFO Research Station (RUFORS), as saying. The monument with characteristic alien eyes was done by a local skilled craftsman, carver Viktor Sazanov, and cost local authorities 45,000 rubles (about US$1,600).

Subbotin said that now local ufologists are thinking of opening a UFO museum in Molebka with an observatory shaped like a flying saucer.  They want to send the proposal to colleagues in the US city of Roswell, the most famous zone among ufologists.   Read the rest of this entry »

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UFOs’ new track over Sochi Winter Olympics sites

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 16, 2011

ET seems to feel at home in southern Russia. Recent unexplained lights in the sky, which have been caught on camera, are among the increasing sightings that are baffling the locals.

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The Sun is smiling at us!

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 16, 2011

There is a smiley face the size of the whole Sun, say scientists at the Lebedev Institute of Physics in Moscow. But you will need special instruments to see it.

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Russian President: Let all our dreams come true. Happy New Year 2011!

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 1, 2011

At five minutes before 12 o’clock the Russian President delivers the Annual Presidential New Year address. All TV channels broadcast Dmitry Medvedev’s speech on-air.

It is also shown on huge screens at the main Moscow’s square, where thousands gather to mark the New Year.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sums up the last 12 months and wishes the country a happy New Year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Secret service eliminates 2-meter-long threat to Kremlin

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2010

In an overnight special operation, agents of the Federal Guards Service, the FSO, eliminated the biggest ice threat they have ever faced – a two-meter-long icicle formed on the Spasskaya Tower at a height of 70 meters. Read the rest of this entry »

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