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Weather goes pleasant as snow shower hits Uttarakhand hills

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Dehradun: The weather goes pleasant after the higher hills of Uttarakhand received snow shower.

Beside this rain and hailstorm on Monday comes as a relief for local people at that time when entire north India is reeling under an unprecedented heat wave.

 

 

According to the official of MeT department said, Kedarnath received snowfall while rain lashed Gangotri and Yamunotri, the other two important shrines of the annual “Chaar Dhaam Yatra”.

With most parts of the state unusually remained warmer, the hilly region here witnessed a pleasant weather following rain and snow. Mercury dipped by a few notches here and settled between 26-29 degrees Celsius.

The weatherman has predicted more showers in the hilly areas in the next 48-hours.

 

 

 

There would be snowfall in some regions of Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag, Bageshwar and Chamoli.

The heat wave, however, continues unabated in the plains. Dehradun recorded 38 degrees Celsius and Pantnagar 40.4 degrees Celsius.

The Director of the Met Office at Dehradun, Vikram Singh said the showers were “pre-monsoonal” and during this period thunder storms and thunder showers were a normal phenomenon.

 

 

Western disturbance is a storm system generating in the Mediterranean and Caspian Sea area under whose influence rain and snowfall occur in the north western regions of the Indian subcontinent.

 

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Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer

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New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.

The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.

The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.

One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.

Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”

When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.

But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.

The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.

The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.

The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.

Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.

In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”

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