.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The shortest gamma-ray burst was detected on August 26, 2020 (Photo credit: Representational/Unsplash)

  • Astronomers, including some from India, detected the shortest gamma-ray burst
  • This burst was caused by the death of a massive star
  • The burst has been named GRB200826A

World’s richest Jeff Bezos is not the first billionaire in space; he was beaten by Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson by 9 days. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, took an 11-minute flight to space
  • He was beaten by Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson by nine days
  • Bezos's was the first unpiloted sub-orbital flight with a civilian crew

.Northern hemisphere, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia
The bright Perseids Meteor Shower is upon us again.(Photo credit : Representational image/Unsplash)

  • The Perseids Meteor Shower began July 14 and will last through August 24
  • It is known as the “best meteor shower of the year” by NASA 
  • It will peak around August 12, where up to 100 meteors an hour can be caught shooting across the sky

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The number of cyclones in the Bay of Bengal has declined by 8% between 1982 and 2019. (Photo credit: Representational/ PTI file)

  • The number of severe cyclones has risen by 150%
  • The Bay of Bengal has witnessed a slight decline in the frequency of cyclones
  • The alter is due to global warming, said co-author M K Roxy 

.Beijing, China
The average price for a ton of carbon in China is expected to be about 30 yuan per ton ($4.60) this year. (Photo Credit: Representational/ UnSplash)

  • China launched its long-awaited emissions trading system on Friday
  • Trading began at 9:30 am local time at the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange
  • The scheme will set pollution caps for big-power businesses for the first time

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The solar winds are currently en-route to Earth, travelling at a speed of 1.6 million kilometres per hour. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • A geomagnetic storm may hit Earth and has prompted multiple warnings from scientists
  • The Earth's outer atmosphere might get heated because of the storm, affecting satellites
  • This might cause GPS navigation, cell phone service, and satellite TV to be disrupted

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
A solar storm is heading towards Earth at a speed of 1.6 million kmph. (Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • A solar storm is expected to hit the Earth within the next 48 hours
  • The storm may disrupt cell phone networks, navigation systems and satellite TV
  • It will also create a beautiful aurora of colours which will be visible from the north and south poles

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Two suborbital flights to fly out this month. (Photo credit: Representational/NASA on Unsplash)

  • Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic will fly to space on July 11
  • Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is scheduled for its space trip on July 20
  • The trips will last for a few minutes, just long enough for passengers to experience weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Scientists say Earth's transit can be seen from 46 star systems. (Photo credit: Representative image/Unsplash)

  • Scientists have identified 1,715 star systems from where Earth's transit can be seen
  • TV signals and radio waves can be caught from 29 planets, study suggests 
  • A US intelligence report said that there is inconclusive evidence on UFO sightings

.Kent, WA, USA
Jeff Bezos is the founder of the space-exploration company Blue Origin, and Amazon. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Earlier in the month, Jeff Bezos said that he and his brother would fly into space on July 20
  • Three days after the announcement, two petitions, calling for Bezos to not return, emerged 
  • “Billionaire's should not exist...on earth", said the description of one of the petitions