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Over 5,000 exoplanets beyond our solar system: Nasa

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Nasa has confirmed that there are over 5,000 exoplanets beyond our solar system.

The exoplanet census surpassed this milestone with a new batch of 65 confirmed exoplanets, triggering excitement across the globe.

“It’s not just a number,” Exoplanet Archive science lead Jessie Christiansen said in a statement as reported by CNET.

“Each one of them is a new world, a brand new planet. I get excited about every one because we don’t know anything about them.”

It’s been 30 years since scientists discovered the first planets orbiting another star. Today, exoplanets are so common that astronomers expect most stars host at least one, astronomer Aurora Kesseli of Caltech was quoted as saying by Science News.

“One of the most exciting things that I think has happened in the last 30 years is that we’ve really started to be able to fill out the diversity of exoplanets,” Kesseli added.

Some exoplanets look like Jupiter or Earth. The 5,005 confirmed exoplanets include nearly 1,500 giant gassy planets, roughly 200 that are small and rocky and almost 1,600 “super-Earths,” which are larger than our solar system’s rocky planets and smaller than Neptune, according to Science News.

While discovering these exoplanets, scientists try to find out if they are habitable or not. James Webb Space Telescope is working to go beyond the diameters, masses and densities of these planets. It will gather information about their atmospheres.

NASA’s newest exoplanet hunter, the TESS mission, has confirmed more than 200 planets, with thousands more yet to verify, Kesseli pointed out. “There’s tons of exoplanets out there,” Kesseli said, “and even more waiting to be discovered”.

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SRK dances to ‘Pathaan’, ‘Jawan’ songs, speaks about “Naari Shakti”

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 23 (ANI): The Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 opening ceremony at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru was a star-studded event.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan captivated the audiences with his power-packed performance at the grand event.

The King Khan started his performance with a long speech about “Naari-Shakti”.

He said, “Welcome to the Women’s Premiere League 2024. Hamara desh sadiyon se hi naari Shakti pr depend krta hai, chahe wo bharat maa ho, dharti maa ho, Shakti maa ho, devi maa ho ya hmare gharon mein baithi hui hmari pyari pyari maa ho. Women have been running companies as CEOs, they have been running households as mothers and nurturing children. Women have always ruled.”SRK appreciated women for “challenging all stereotypes” and wished WPL teams good luck for the upcoming matches.

“Aur jis desh ki neev naari Shakti pr aadhaarit ho wahan pr mahilaaon ko koi nahi rok sakta. So they are going to break all the walls and challenge all stereotypes. Aur agar har field mein itni unnati kar chuki hain to sports mein kyu nahi? Aur yahi khayal tha WPL ke initiative ka by BCCI under the auspices of Mr Jay Shah. The next 30 days is not only about women and their power, it’s not only about cricket and the goodness of sports, it’s about the rise of women to carve a place for themselves, the rise of Queens in their Queendom,” he added.

SRK then started his performance in ‘Pathaan’ style and said, “Party agar Pathaan ke ghar rakhoge toh mehmaan nawazi ke liye Pathaan toh aaega hi.”The superstar then grooved to ‘Jhomme Jo Pathaan’ and ‘Not Ramaiya Vastavaiya’.

The ‘Don’ actor wore an all-black outfit. He looked stylish in a black deep-neck shirt with golden buttons on it paired with matching black pants.

He was seen in long hair look and accessorized his look with a golden and black belt and black shades.

Several pictures and videos of SRK performing at the opening ceremony went viral on social media.

Not only SRK, but actors Kartik Aaryan, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Tiger Shroff, and Sidharth Malhotra also performed at the opening ceremony.

The tournament will go on till March 17 and will be held in Bengaluru and Delhi.

The summit clash will take place on March 17 in New Delhi while the eliminator will be played on March 15. The tournament will be hosted by Delhi and Bengaluru. (ANI)

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Joe Root rescued England with a century on the opening day of the fourth test against India on Friday, steering the tourists to a respectable 302-7 after Akash Deep took early wickets.

The right-hander responded to the backlash against England’s ‘Bazball’ approach after their drubbing by 434 runs in the third test, with an unbeaten 106 not out which brought England back into the game from a precarious 112-5 at lunch.

Root’s own dismissal in Rajkot — playing a reverse scoop against Jasprit Bumrah — was seen as symptomatic of what is wrong with England’s ultra-aggressive batting.

Ollie Robinson was also unbeaten after a useful cameo of 31, relieving the pressure on Ben Stokes, who was earlier left to rue his decision to bat as England lost the top half of their batting order in the frenetic first session.

The hosts’ 2-1 cushion in the five-match series allowed them to rest pace spearhead Bumrah, and Akash Deep became the fourth Indian to make his debut in the series.

The right-arm seamer impressed immediately, sending opener Zak Crawley’s off-stump cartwheeling in his second over but his celebrations were cut short when the no-ball siren went off.

The 27-year-old seamer soon got over that disappointment by striking twice in three balls.

Akash dismissed Ben Duckett caught behind for 11 with an angled delivery that prompted a tentative prod from the opener.

Akash waited for confirmation that he had not overstepped and beat his chest in celebration. Two balls later, Ollie Pope fell lbw for a duck.

Crawley went after Mohammed Siraj, hitting the bowler for three fours in a row and following that up with a huge six.

Enter Akash, who ended Crawley’s run-a-ball 42 by hitting the top of his off-stump.

“I was upset with the no-ball not because it was my first test wicket,” Akash told the broadcasters afterwards.

“I was worried it could cost us some runs as Crawley was going after us. I was relieved to get rid of him soon.”

Jonny Bairstow (38) has been unusually subdued in the series and he squandered another start by attempting a sweep shot against Ravichandran Ashwin only to be dismissed lbw.

Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Stokes lbw for three with the final delivery before the lunch break that stayed low.

With their top half back in the hut, England’s capitulation on a spiteful pitch appeared only a matter of time.

But former captain Root had other ideas and combined with Ben Foakes (47) in a century stand denying India any wicket in the second session.

Siraj returned to remove Foakes and Tom Hartley after the tea break, but Root could not be denied his 31st test hundred.

Root was lot more judicious in his shotmaking, hitting nine fours in a patient knock.

England said leg-spinner Rehan was returning home for personal reasons.



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Sidharth Malhotra romances Raashii Khanna in teaser of ‘Zindagi Tere Naam’ song

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 23 (ANI): The teaser of ‘Zindagi Tere Naam’ song from ‘Yodha’ movie has been unveiled. It shows Sidharth Malhotra and Raashii Khanna in a romantic avatar.

The lyrics of the song are penned by Kaushal Kishore and it is sung by Vishal Mishra.

From drinking tea together to enjoying a bike ride, Sidharth and Raashii weaved magic in their romantic moments captured against the backdrop of mountains.

Sharing the teaser’s link, Sidharth took to Instagram and wrote, ” Love’s magic takes the Yodha to fearless flights. ZindagiTereNaam out tomorrow at 3PM.”The whole track will be out on Saturday afternoon.

Helmed by Sagar Ambre and Pushkar Ojha, the film is all set to hit the theatres on March 15 this year.

Talking about ‘Yodha’ Sidharth earlier said, “As an artist, you would want to work on scripts that bring out the best in you. This truly unveiled a newer version of me, which I am very thankful for. The amount of love I have received from audiences and fans is magical. I can’t wait to showcase what Yodha has for them.”Earlier the film was first scheduled to release on November 11, 2022 and the makers pushed the release date to July 2023, September 15, December 15 and then moved it to December 8. Now, the film is set to release on March 15, 2024.

Meanwhile, Sidharth was recently seen in the web series ‘Indian Police Force’ alongside Vivek Oberoi and Shilpa Shetty. Helmed by Rohit Shetty, the series is streaming on an OTT platform. (ANI)

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