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Nasa Discovers 1200 New Planets With The Help Of Kepler Space Telescope

NASA shared the great news of discovering nearly 1200 planets in the galaxy. This was possible by using Kepler’s space telescope. NASA found this on their journey towards finding Earth-like planets. Nasa’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan said that it is possible to discover a planet similar to earth in the years to come.

Kepler, the space telescope detected 4,302 possible planets of which Nasa decided on 1284 candidates who have a 90% chance of being a planet. Kepler confines its search to the habitable zone and does not move further. Mission scientist Natalie Batalha told reporters that the Kepler telescope had identified 36 new planets in the Goldilocks Zone. It also found that out of the 1200 planets discovered 550 are confirmed rocky planets like the Earth. There are totally 21 exoplanets of the same size of the earth. It also orbits as the same as the earth.

Kepler detects new candidates by noticing the tiny dimming of light when a planet passes in front of its star. But these signals can also be caused by any moving particles in the space which create false positives. Thus it is essential to be cautious to avoid false positives.

The data from Kepler along with the new statistical technique published in the Astrophysical Journal has helped the astronomers to confirm the planets. Three transits are used to confirm detection. NASA reports that their scientists are working for 15 years to confirm about 2000 transient planets.

Kepler was launched in the year 2009, and it has identified 5,000 candidates of which 2,325 candidates were verified as planets.

Future missions of NASA will add additional inputs to Nasa’s Data. NASA has scheduled to launch several new telescopes in the coming decade. TESS is a telescope which is yet to be launched. Scientists say that Tess can examine the stars closer than the Kepler.
Kepler has fuel to perform for more than two years said Charlie Sobeck, Kepler’s mission manager.

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Earthquake Hits Ecuador! Over 654 People Dead

An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hit Ecuador on Saturday evening. The country’s risk management office said that over 654 people had lost their lives till now. It is said that the death toll may increase as many have been stuck inside the buildings. Around 58 people are found missing since April 16, and 12,492 people were injured. The Government has provided shelters for 26,091 people. An aftershock was also experienced with a magnitude of 6.1 which struck the coast of Ecuador.
Three cities of Ecuador Manta, Portovieja, and Pedernales was the worst affected by the quake. Ecuadorian President Rafael has announced several financial measures so that the government gets fund for the reconstruction of buildings. He also said that rebuilding affected areas is a tough task as it may take several years for its completion. The Government has decided to increase the sales tax for one year and sell their properties so that they can get money for the reconstruction purpose.

Defence Minister Ricardo Patino said that “The country is facing an awkward phase right now.” The rescue team is recovering bodies from the debris. He also added that it would take several years for the country to recover from the aftereffects of the quake.

The tourist areas in Pedernales were badly affected by the tremor. A restaurant and a five-story hotel were destroyed. Rescuers are doing their best to find people stuck inside the buildings. One of the survivors told CNN’s Gustavo Valdes that the quake was too hard that they all fell and they could not get up. The victims are left clueless as what they can do next for their living.

The Government of Ecuador is sending officials to every house looking for survivors and victims’. Over 10,000 soldiers and 4600 police officers are deployed for the rescue operation. Rescuers from other countries have reached Ecuador to help in the rescue operations of the Government.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead At Resort

Antonin Scalia Justice of the Supreme Court of United Nations was found dead at a resort in Texas. He was 79. He is known for his transformative legal theories and writings. He has worked in the Supreme Court for over thirty years. Chief Justice John G. Roberts confirmed Scalia’s death. He said that the judge was an extra-ordinary person and that he will always be treasured by his colleagues. He also added that his death is a great loss for the country.

Spokeswomen of the United States Marshall Service said that there was nothing found to indicate that the death was unnatural. His death was ruled to be the result of natural causes.

He began his career in the court as an outsider known for making caustic dissents. His theories were initially idiosyncratic it gradually took hold everywhere. Judge Richard A.Posner said that he was the most influential justice of the last quarter century. He was a champion of originalism. Political conservatives accepted his ideas on originalism.

He was an exceptional student graduated from Harvard Law School. He was good in defending criminals and cross-examining the witnesses. He became the longest-serving member of the court after the retirement of Justice John Paul. He was a regular writer for major cases including First Amendment, class actions and arbitrations.

He had an exceptional skill in writing, and he used the perfect phrase and words in his writing. His writing attracted a huge section of people. Lawyers and civilians followed his opinions. He is capable of making the courtroom active by his talks. He entertains the people in the court with his meaningful jokes.

He was a man of varied tastes. His other interests are poker, opera, and hunting. He was named Nino by his friends. His friends said that he enjoyed his joke more than anything else.