Massive Puerto Rico telescope collapses

The massive telescope at Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory that had been deteriorating since August collapsed today, officials said, after 57 years of astronomical discoveries. The radio telescope's 900-ton instrument platform, suspended by cables 450 feet (137 meters) above a 1,000-foot-wide (305 meters) bowl-shaped reflector dish, fell on Tuesday morning, the U.S. National Science Foundation said.…

Rooppur Power Plant: Unloading of key machines begins at Mongla Port

Authorities started unloading a nuclear reactor and a steam generator -- key components of the first unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant -- at jetty number 9 of Mongla Port in Bagerhat today. Rear Admiral M Shahjahan, Chairman, Mongla Port Authority confirmed the development to our local correspondent. A ship carrying the equipment reached Mongla…

Telescopes capture supermassive black hole devouring star

Astronomers have captured the moment a supermassive black hole shredded a star the size of our Sun, releasing images Monday showing the devastating process in unprecedented detail. Using telescopes from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), they were able to monitor light flaring from the process -- known as a tidal disruption event -- from a…

Black holes: devourers of stars reveal their secrets

A trio of scientists was awarded the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for their research into black holes, some of the most mysterious objects in the universe that gobble stars like specks of dust. So powerful they bend the laws of nature, not even Albert Einstein, the father of general relativity, was convinced they could…

A milestone for privatisation of space: SpaceX brings astronauts home safely

America's first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade returned safely to Earth on Sunday, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico. The mission, carried out jointly by NASA and the private company SpaceX, demonstrated that the United States has the capacity once more to send its astronauts to…