Volume 1, Number 1-3, April - June, 2013

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Scientists at The University of Auckland have suggested a new technique for discovering Earthlike planet's and they predict that the number will be in the order of 100 billion. The approach uses a method known as gravitational microlensing, currently used by a Japan-New Zealand cooperation known as MOA (Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics) at New Zealand's Mt John Observatory. Their research will appear in the Oxford University Press journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Ref: Brindha V, Astronomers predict more than100 billion planets similar to earth, Discovery Universe, 2013, 1(2), 36).

UNIVERSE OF THE MONTH

Big bang: the beginning of our Universe

Brindha V

The Big Bang theory is an effort to explain what happened at the very beginning of our universe. Discoveries in astronomy and physics have shown beyond a reasonable doubt that our universe did in fact have a beginning

Discovery Universe, 2013, 1(1), 3-7

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ANALYSIS

Time travel and the cosmos

Ravi Ahuja

From the recent years time travel has been considered as a very well known ingredient of a science fiction novel or movie. The famous science fiction writer H.G. Wells first introduced the concept of time travel.

Discovery Universe, 2013, 1(1), 8-13

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PERSPECTIVES

Dark Energy – the major participant of the universe

Seenivasagam R

The Universe is full of matter and the attractive force of gravity pulls all matter together. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations showed that, a long time ago, the Universe was actually expanding more slowly than it is today.

Discovery Universe, 2013, 1(1), 14-17

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PERSPECTIVES

Cosmic rays - an extreme energy range of incident particles in Universe

Anusuya V

Particles that bombard the Earth from anywhere beyond its atmosphere are known as cosmic rays. Cosmic rays don't take pretty pictures

Discovery Universe, 2013, 1(1), 18-22

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REVIEWS

Are we alone? – A perspective on aliens

Brindha V

Alien species are plants, animals and microorganisms from one part of the world that are transported beyond their natural range and become established in a new area.

Discovery Universe, 2013, 1(1), 23-26

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REVIEWS

Travelling in time: the space science for fourth dimension

Ponnuthurai Tary Amal Raajan

Every attentive schoolchild knows that all physical objects exist in three dimensions. Everything has a width and a height and a length.

Discovery Universe, 2013, 1(1), 27-28

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REVIEWS

Time travel in black hole

Seenivasagam R

Black holes are so destructive; spaceships would be torn to subatomic bits if we tried such a thing. Black holes may allow us to travel to very remote places in the universe, or another universe entirely.

Discovery Universe, 2013, 1(1), 29-33

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UNIVERSE OF THE MONTH

Astronomers predict more than100 billion planets similar to earth

Brindha V

Scientists at The University of Auckland have suggested a new technique for discovering Earth-like planet's and they predict that the number will be in the order of 100 billion. The approach uses a method known as gravitational microlensing, currently used by a Japan-New Zealand cooperation known as MOA (Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics) at New Zealand's Mt John Observatory.

Discovery Universe, 2013, 1(2), 36

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UNIVERSE OF THE MONTH

NASA observe the initial stages of the Universe

Brindha V

It is now widely agreed that the universe started in a hot big bang. The quantum fluctuations which were present shortly after the Planck time were blown up onto macroscopic scales by a short period of highly rapid growth during the first 10-32 seconds of the universe.

Discovery Universe, 2013, 1(3), 39

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