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The emerging new astronomy of the 17th century: Comets were not that important

Introduction Here I will be arguing that comets were not instrumental in the emergence of modern astronomy in the 17th century. This view, most notably propounded by Kuhn and Hellman , where observations of comets were of paramount importance in ushering in a post-Newtonian modern astronomy by the end of the 17th century. Heidarzadeh posits […]

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Kepler meets Einstein: a gravity-bending feat

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has witnessed the effects of a dead star bending the light of its companion star. The findings are among the first detections of this phenomenon — a prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity — in binary, or double, star systems. The dead star, called a white dwarf, is the burnt-out […]

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Chandrayaan-1, India’s lunar water finder, close to a Moon ending

India an emerging force in space exploration Sometime in later this year it is expected that India’s first lunar spacecraft is set to crash into the Moon.  Currently the 675kg spacecraft is silently orbiting the Moon.  Silently as since August 29 2009 radio contact has been lost with the craft. Now, every 2 hours or […]

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