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Depression over Bay of Bengal to bring monsoon early

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New Delhi: The onset of the southwest monsoon is likely to advance further due to a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal, which is expected to turn into a “severe cyclonic storm” by tomorrow night, the MeT department said today.

The MeT department said that rains were likely to begin in Kerala by May 30-31, marking the onset of monsoon in the country.

 

 

India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General K J Ramesh said the deep depression would help in the advancement of monsoon over Kerala and northeast India.

The deep depression is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by May 29-30 and cross Chittagong by the noon of May 30.

 

 

This will bring “heavy to very heavy rainfall” in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, the IMD said.

Deep depression over Bay of Bengal to bring monsoon early in India:

 

 

On other hand, at least 11 people died in lightning and rain-related incidents in Bihar today, even as hot weather conditions continued in many parts of the country and sunstroke toll climbed to 12 in Odisha.

Light rain and cold winds brought relief from the heat in the national capital on Monday morning. The minimum temperature settled at 24 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season’s average.

 

 

The mercury dipped a few notches on Monday after heavy rains lashed the Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow and many parts as well, the weather office said.

The MeT has predicted a “normal” monsoon this year.

 

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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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