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THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD.Carl Sagan was a 20th century astronomer, science educator and a great inspiration to many generations of young scientists and explorers, Here's a small extract from 'Cosmos', one of his finest books. Its a long extract, but this is not something to be memorized, there is no test at the end, but it is be felt. Imagine what there is, what was and what could be...The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is an image of a small region in the constellation Fornax, containing about 10,000 galaxies of various shapes, sizes and colors. These are some of the farthest galaxies to have...

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DRAGONS 🐉, PINWHEELS 🎡 AND THE CRUCIBLES OF NATURE.

DRAGONS 🐉, PINWHEELS 🎡 AND THE CRUCIBLES OF NATURE.

DRAGONS, PINWHEELS AND THE CRUCIBLES OF NATUREWriter: Shanawaz ShaikhEditor: Parneet KaurS.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India.NGC 1333 is a reflection nebula residing in the constellation Perseus (Latin for the Greek mythological hero by the same name).An infrared image of NGC 1333 captured by the Spitzer Space TelescopeNebulae are clouds of dust diffused across the Cosmos, filled with innumerable tiny particles of dust capable of reflecting light from a nearby star. The dust surrounding young stars is sufficient to produce an optical effect; a reflection. The nebulae that are incapable...

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THE COSMIC JEWEL CHEST

THE COSMIC JEWEL CHEST

THE COSMIC JEWEL CHESTWriter: Shanawaz ShaikhS.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India."Imagination will often carry us to the worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere."-Carl Sagan.A beauty beyond measureA false color composite of the remnant of supernova SN 1604 analyzed by Hubble (Yellow: Visible light), Chandra (Blue & green: X-Ray) and Spitzer (Red: Infrared).SN 1604 (SN for SuperNova) also known as Kepler's supernova (observed by the 17th century astronomer Johannes Kepler in the year 1604) occurred in the Milky Way in the constellation Ophiuchus. Appearing in 1604, it is...

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THE SUBTLE MACHINERY OF AWE

THE SUBTLE MACHINERY OF AWE

THE SUBTLE MACHINERY OF AWE.Writer: Shanawaz ShaikhS.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India."What a wonderful and amazing scheme have we here of the magnificent vastness of the Universe... So many suns, so many Earths...and everyone of them stock'd with so many herbs, trees and animals, adorn'd with so many seas and mountains! ...And how much our wonder and admiration be increased when we consider the prodigious distance and multitude of the stars."-Christiaan Huygens.The glorious Orion nebulaA composite of the Orion nebula captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, 2006.The  nebula resides in...

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A LEGACY AMONG THE ST☆RS

A LEGACY AMONG THE ST☆RS

A LEGACY AMONG THE ST☆RSWriter: Shanawaz ShaikhEditor: Parneet KaurS.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India."I see the Moon, the Moon sees meDown through the leaves of the old oak tree Over the mountain over the seaBack where my heart is longing to bePlease let the light that shines on meShine on the one I love."-StargazersThe Apollo missions allowed us humans to enter the realms of myth and legend, that which was only accessible for Gods in poetry and stories, has humans in fluffy suits bouncing around in it. Here are some interesting facts about the Apollo missions, from playing golf on...

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BEEP...BEEP...BEEP

BEEP...BEEP...BEEP

BEEP...BEEP...BEEPWriter: Shanawaz ShaikhEditor: Parneet KaurS.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India.New York Times: Soviet scientists launched a symbol of man's liberation from the forces which have hitherto bound him to Earth.As we recall the space race, what strikes the mind is that joyful, unbelievable, almost dream like moment when Neil Armstrong stepped on the lunar surface, imprinting man's first step into space. But what fades in the enormity of history, is the sheer effect of a shiny ball placed into the Earth's orbit. How its 'beep...beep...beep' kindled a spark of wonder and...

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ONE GIANT LEAP F🌎R MANKIND

ONE GIANT LEAP F🌎R MANKIND

ONE GANT LEAP F🌎R MANKINDWriter: Shanawaz ShaikhEditor: Parneet KaurS.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India."Oh I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds-and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind alongand flung my eager craft through footless halls of air."-John Gillespie Magee Jr. (High Flight)On 20th July, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong & Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin...

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A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY...

A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY...

A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY...Article by:Shanawaz ShaikhEditor: Parneet Kaur PurbaJai Hind College, Mumbai, India.SOMBRERO; THE COSMIC SURPRISE OF A SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE The Sombrero galaxy (also known as M104, the 104th object in the Messier catalogue) is a lenticular galaxy in the Virgo constellation, about 955 megaparsecs i.e. 31.1 million light years away from the Earth. Lenticular galaxies are somewhere between spiral galaxies (like the Milky Way galaxy, where our Solar System resides) and elliptical galaxies (these have an ellipsoidal shape, like a 3-dimensional...

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THE BEAUTY OF PHYSICS

THE BEAUTY OF PHYSICS

THE BEAUTY OF PHYSICSArticle by: Shanawaz ShaikhEditor: Parneet KaurF.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College,  Mumbai, India.The Milky Way band with billions of stars writ large in the night sky, captured by Paranal Observatory, Chile. The bright object seen in the image is Jupiter & the Magellanic clouds can be seen to the left of the image.I urge the reader to stop for a moment and reflect on a flower. There is so much beauty in an ordinary flower. Of course, they are aesthetically pleasing to the human senses, but try to look beyond what you see. The flower, say, is red in color. What gives it that...

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MORE BEDTIME STORIES WITH FAMOUS PHYSICISTS

MORE BEDTIME STORIES WITH FAMOUS PHYSICISTS

MORE BEDTIME STORIES WITH FAMOUS PHYSICISTS!Article by: Shanawaz ShaikhF.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India."The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool."-Richard Feynman.The Feynman's with the famous van filled with Feynman diagrams.In Surely You're Joking Mr.Feynman, Richard Feynman shares his views on scientific integrity & how science is about bending over backwards to prove yourself wrong..."That is the idea that we all hope you have learned in studying science in school-we never explicitly say what this is, but just hope that you...

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UNWEAVING THE COSMIC TAPESTRY

UNWEAVING THE COSMIC TAPESTRY

UNWEAVING THE COSMIC TAPESTRYArticle by: Shanawaz ShaikhF.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College."Science is not only compatible with spirituality, it is a profound source of spirituality."-Carl Sagan.The Lagoon nebula captured by European Space Organizations VLT Survey Telescope.The Lagoon nebula is a giant interstellar cloud of gas and dust in the constellation Sagittarius. It is an H II region, a region of space filled with hydrogen ions, as electrons are striped away from the atoms. These expand from 1 to 100 light years and in these regions, star formation has recently taken place. It is an emission...

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BEDTIME STORIES WITH FAMOUS PHYSICISTS

BEDTIME STORIES WITH FAMOUS PHYSICISTS

BEDTIME STORIES WITH FAMOUS PHYSICISTS!Article by: Shanawaz ShaikhF.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India.The amusing world of Richard Feynman! Physicist, artist, showman and bongo player Richard Phillips Feynman.In Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman, Richard Feynman expresses his views on the beauty of nature and why he wishes to learn the art of drawing, seeking help from his friend who is an artist..."I promised to work , but still bet that he couldn't teach me to draw. I wanted very much to learn to draw, for a reason that I kept to myself: I wanted to convey an emotion I have about the...

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD!Article by: Shanawaz ShaikhF.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India."I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."-Vincent van Gogh.Tarantula Nebula captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.Tarantula nebula, also known as 30 Doradus (30th star in the constellation Dorado, Portuguese for dolphinfish) is an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. It was discovered by the French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, who named 14 out of the 88 constellations. H II regions are space filled with ionized...

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LONELY HEARTS OF THE COSMOS

LONELY HEARTS OF THE COSMOS

Article by: Shanawaz Shaikh F.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India."The life of man is of no greater importance to the Universe than that of an oyster."-David Hume.The whirlpool galaxy (to the left) and its companion M51b, a dwarf galaxy.The whirlpool galaxy, also known as M51a (the 51st object in the Messier catalogue) is an interacting grand design spiral galaxy. Interacting galaxies are gravitationally bound to each other, a minor interaction is a satellite galaxy disturbing the arms of the primary spiral galaxy, while a major interaction is galaxies colliding with one another,...

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A CELESTIAL BALLET

A CELESTIAL BALLET

A CELESTIAL BALLETArticle by: Shanawaz ShaikhF.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India."Beauty is no quality in things themselves, it exists merely in the mind that contemplates them, and each mind perceives a different beauty."-David HumeHere we explore the amusing castle of the cosmos, revealed by the Hubble Space telescope, as it takes us closer to the edge of the Universe. We journey not only in space, but also back in time as the light emitted by these celestial wonders travel thousands of years to reach us, like a wave rising in anocean, as it crashes on the shore.A pair of galaxies...

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THE JOY OF ADDING NUMBERS

THE JOY OF ADDING NUMBERS

THE JOY OF ADDING NUMBERSArticle by: Rishabh Kaushik, IIT (BHU), Varanasi&Shanawaz Shaikh, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India."Music is the hidden arithmetical exercise of a mind unconscious that it is calculating."-Gottfried Leibniz.HARMONIES OF NATURESequence is a collection of objects. The first 10 natural numbers form a sequence (1,2,3...,10). Series is the sum of each individual element of a sequence. Say S=1+2+3+...+10. A natural question arises, if we have a sequence of infinite elements, will the series, which is the addition of every element give a fixed value, in other words will the...

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A SERENE COSMIC POTRAIT

A SERENE COSMIC POTRAIT

A SERENE COSMIC POTRAIT.Article by: Shanawaz ShaikhF.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India."The Universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent."A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FROM OUTER SPACE!This year, NASA celebrates the 30th birthday of the Hubble Space Telescope, hovering above the Earth revealing a wonderful cosmos. The image consists of a giant red nebula (NGC 2014) on the right and a smaller blue neighbor (NGC 2020) on its left within a star forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, 163,000 light years away. The image is nicknamed the...

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THE SUBTLE BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS

THE SUBTLE BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS

THE SUBTLE BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICSArticle by: Josh Henriques & Shanawaz Shaikh.F.Y.B.Sc , Jai Hind College , Mumbai , India."The study of mathematics is, if an unprofitable , a perfectly harmless and innocent occupation ."G.H.Hardy.To a physicist , the most beautiful thing about mathematics is that it helps us describe nature, formulate laws to contemplate it  and predict the outcome in a given situation . But I think, to a mathematician, it's an art. The numbers reveal the deep patters in nature, they are fun to play with , and that is what we encourage all , to have fun with mathematics ....

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THROUGH THE COSMIC OASIS

THROUGH THE COSMIC OASIS

Article by: Shanawaz ShaikhF.Y.BSc, Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India.THROUGH THE COSMIC OASIS."The heavens are now seemed to resemble a luxuriant garden, which contains the greatest variety of productions, in different flourishing beds."-William HerschelEver since you were a kid, or better, if you are one, you may have wondered what is a shooting star? You may have heard about them, or seen them in movies or cartoons, and just being amazed by the fuzzy stream of light across the night sky. But, what really is a shooting star, or a comet , or a meteor?  A comet is just a ball of icy rock made...

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THE UNREASONABLE EFFECTIVENESS

THE UNREASONABLE EFFECTIVENESS

Article by: Shanawaz ShaikhF.Y.BSc , Jai Hind College, Mumbai, India.THE UNREASONABLE EFFECTIVENESS"It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to them."-Max Planck.Now, we will be discussing one of the most potent tools in physics to predict an equation, the method of Dimensional Analysis. So here's the basic idea, I use the simplest basic quantities, and derive the other quantities in terms of those. For example, if I gave you a line, and asked you to describe it, you would talk about it in terms of...

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SEVEN WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSEArticle by : Shanawaz Shaikh F. Y. BSc  Jai Hind College , Mumbai , India."Science is the one human activity that is truly progressive , the body of positive knowledge is transmitted from generations to generations ." -Edwin HubbleThis year, we celebrate the long lasting legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been functioning for thirty years since it was launched on 24 April 1990 and providing us with amazing scientific data and beautiful snapshots of the Cosmos. Here we take a look at the most spectacular and elegant pictures taken by the Hubble Space...

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WHO SPEAKS FOR THE EARTH ?

WHO SPEAKS FOR THE EARTH ?

WHO SPEAKS FOR THE EARTH?"To see a world in a grain of sand , and a heaven in a wild flower .  Hold infinity in the palm of your hand , and eternity in an hour"-William Blake ( Auguries of Innocence )On this precious occasion of the 50th anniversary of EARTH DAY , let us look at the adventurous evolution of our species and why we need to protect The Earth, the only home we have ever known. Our journey as a species began in the forests of Africa. We were hunters and gatherers and our sole purpose was , to survive. But there was something unique about us , that sets us apart from any other...

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Dark matter:An unsolved mystery

Dark matter:An unsolved mystery

REPORT OF DISCUSSION CLUBSESSION NO.7(A)Topic:Dark MatterPresenter:Vidhi BafnaDate:25th February,2020.                       Dark MatterWHY ARE ASTROPHYSICISTS SO CONVINCED OF THE EXISTENCE OF THIS MYSTERIOUS, INVISIBLE MATTER?? Without dark matter, the universe wouldn’t be the way it is. There isn't enough gravity for the stars and galaxies to rotate at the speed we observe. Since the number of starts are not  enough  to hold the Milky Way together , it is  fortunate for us that there exist extra dark matter that provides an extra force of gravity and keeps the whole Milky Way together. If...

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Albert Einstein: A curious mind

Albert Einstein: A curious mind

Today we look at the revolutionary contributions of Albert Einstein to Physics, and to society in general.Albert Einstein in 1921WHAT IS GRAVITYIf I throw a stone towards the sky, it falls down. If I toss a coin , it comes back into my hand , if I propel a rocket outwards with a certain speed, it reaches a maximum distance and then continues to fall down on Earth. We know that this is what happens, and this is fairly intuitive.But a few dared to ask why, and fewer bothered to answer.The answer to this question was proposed by one of the greatest minds of the species, Sir Issac NewtonA...

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Women in Science

Women in Science

This International Women's Day,we witness the amazing contributions of Women in Science, the unsung heroes whose name's are not so well known, but their discoveries have radically transformed our understanding of the Cosmos.Jocelyn Bell Burnell•She is an Irish Astrophysicist.•She is the co-discoverer of the first Radio Pulsars.•This discovery is regarded as "One of the most significant achievements in the 20th century".PulsarsWhen a massive star explodes, it collapses under its own Gravity to form a Black Hole.But if the star is not massive enough, the outer region expands and as  the star...

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