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Total lunar eclipse occurs Sunday night Total lunar eclipse occurs Sunday night
- January 21, 2019

It is kind of egg-shaped. Currently, the moon is very close to its perigee , or the closest point in the moon's orbit to Earth. "We're going into this unusual lull in total lunar eclipses over the next couple of years", explained Tom Kerss, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. (more...)
'Super blood wolf moon' eclipse to darken skies 'Super blood wolf moon' eclipse to darken skies
- January 19, 2019

There will also be three supermoons in a row next year. In addition to the SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON , attendees can expect to see other celestial spectacles like nebulae (gaseous clouds of space dust) and star clusters. A lunar eclipse dips down behind the Wheeler Town Clock in Manitou Springs, Colo. early Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. While total lunar eclipses are not especially rare, the 2019 version takes place early enough in the evening that it can be enjoyed by US stargazers of all ages, ... (more...)
Giant leaf for mankind? China germinates first seed on moon Giant leaf for mankind? China germinates first seed on moon
- January 16, 2019

The experimental setup is encapsulated within a 19.8cm tall container designed by 28 Chinese universities. The full moon in January has other names as well, but Native Americans and medieval Europeans gave it the wolf moniker "after the howling of hungry wolves lamenting the midwinter paucity of food", according to National Geographic . (more...)
UBC scientists record second repeating radio burst from outside our galaxy UBC scientists record second repeating radio burst from outside our galaxy
- January 11, 2019

A fast radio burst lasts only a few milliseconds; due to both the very brief appearance and the inability to predict where they will happen, it has proven very hard for astronomers to study the FRBs . "There are some models where intrinsically the source can't produce anything below a certain frequency", said Arun Naidu of McGill University in Canada , who was part of the team that detected the signal. (more...)
New Horizons Reveals Ultima Thule New Horizons Reveals Ultima Thule
- January 05, 2019

Ultima Thule's unique, lumpy appearance was achieved when two chunks of matter collided at extremely slow speed - perhaps even as slow as as two cars nudging together, the team states. "This mission's always been about delayed gratification", Stern reminded reporters. Some of the data acquired by New Horizons might shed light on that. (more...)
NASA space probe 'phones home' in landmark mission to solar system's edge NASA space probe 'phones home' in landmark mission to solar system's edge
- January 02, 2019

Ultima Thule is orbiting in the heart of Kuiper Belt, a debris field of icy bodies - ranging in size from dwarf planets like Pluto to smaller planetesimals and comets - left over from the Solar System's formation 4.6 billion years ago. What does it look like? . The mysterious target nicknamed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) is 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) from Earth. Asteroid 2014 MU69 was discovered via the Hubble orbital telescope back in 2014. (more...)
Winter storm warnings begin Wednesday across much of state Winter storm warnings begin Wednesday across much of state
- December 28, 2018

Ranchers in western Nebraska already have been warned to prepare for the worst type of weather for cattle: cold rains followed by heavy, wet snow, plummeting temperatures and rising winds. A major Winter storm will affect the regions Wednesday night through Friday with heavy snow and blowing snow. A winter weather advisory has been issued for the central and south Cascades through Thursday morning. (more...)
SpaceX Finally Launches GPS Satellite For USAF SpaceX Finally Launches GPS Satellite For USAF
- December 27, 2018

The rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 4 at the air force base at 10:34 a.m. PST (1834 GMT). "This is the Air Force's first GPS III, so we are excited to begin on-orbit test and demonstrate its capabilities", Caldwell said . EST/ 13:51 UTC, according to Space X officials. In August, the Air Force declared the second GPS III "AFL" and, in November, called GPS III SV02 up for a 2019 launch. (more...)
NASA Reveals Saturn Is Losing Its Rings At Maximum Estimated Rate NASA Reveals Saturn Is Losing Its Rings At Maximum Estimated Rate
- December 20, 2018

Combining these with observations from Cassini , in which it analysed the material falling from Saturn's rings down to the planet, has allowed astronomers to calculate exactly how fast the rings are disintegrating. 'Something dramatic must have happened around Saturn to make them this large, long after the planet itself formed'. This means the rings are disappearing at an "alarming speed" - and could be gone within 100 million years. (more...)
Virgin Galactic headed into space for the first time Virgin Galactic headed into space for the first time
- December 14, 2018

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson and a star-studded list of supporters were on the ground cheering on the mission throughout the daring flight. Just after 11 a.m. ET, SpaceShipTwo had its wheels down, back in the Mojave, safely ending a successful test flight. Once the flight reached 30,000 feet, Virgin Galactic pilots performed a series of cabin checks. (more...)
NASA's InSight lander 'hears' wind on Mars NASA's InSight lander 'hears' wind on Mars
- December 10, 2018

NASA's InSight spacecraft took a color-calibrated image of its robotic arm using its Instrument Deployment Camera on December 4. "Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat ", Bruce Banerdt, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a press release . (more...)
SpaceX sends Dragon to ISS but makes unplanned water landing SpaceX sends Dragon to ISS but makes unplanned water landing
- December 08, 2018

This launch is scheduled to be the 16 of 20 that SpaceX was contracted to do for NASA . In an extraordinary bit of live footage, SpaceX's first Falcon 9 Block 5 launch of the Cargo Dragon spacecraft was topped by a spectacular partial failure of the Block 5 booster during its attempted recovery at Landing Zone-1 (LZ-1). (more...)
Look Out Mars, Here Comes InSight Look Out Mars, Here Comes InSight
- December 03, 2018

NASA satellites around Mars will provide updates . InSight's perilous descent through the Martian atmosphere, after a trip of 300 million miles (482 million kilometers), had stomachs churning and nerves stretched to the max. A live webcast of the approach and landing InSight to Mars will be carried out on 26 November on the official website of NASA . Zurbuchen described InSight as "unique" because the waist-high lander contains instruments that were contributed by several ... (more...)
NASA's InSight lands on Mars after six-month journey NASA's InSight lands on Mars after six-month journey
- December 02, 2018

The two satellites not only transmitted the good news in nearly real time, they also sent back InSight's first snapshot of Mars just 4 1/2 minutes after landing. InSight is set to investigate the deep interior of Mars, which includes using a mole-like instrument to burrow into the ground to take the planet's temperature. (more...)
NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey
- November 27, 2018

Nasa is hoping to make history tonight by successfully landing a robotic spacecraft on the surface of Mars . When it lands six-and-half minutes later, it will be travelling a mere 8kmh. NASA satellites around Mars will provide updates. InSight will be landing at Elysium Planitia , called "the biggest parking lot on Mars" by astronomers. (more...)
Astronomers Discover Super-Earth Orbiting Barnard’s Star Astronomers Discover Super-Earth Orbiting Barnard’s Star
- November 17, 2018

Bernard's Star b has been categorized as a Super-Earth, meaning its mass is higher than Earth's, but doesn't reach the massive mass of ice giants like Uranus (15 times Earth's mass) and Neptune (17 times Earth's mass). It's unlikely that there is life on this probable planet, given the distance from its star. While the star itself is ancient - probably twice the age of our Sun - and relatively inactive, it also has the fastest apparent motion of any star in the night sky. (more...)
PM 'must listen to other NI voices, not just DUP' PM 'must listen to other NI voices, not just DUP'
- November 11, 2018

The row comes as Brexit is expected to dominate the agenda of the British Irish Council, which will be attended by the taoiseach, Leo Varadkar , David Lidington, who is in effect May's deputy, and the Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley. (more...)
U.S. court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline U.S. court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline
- November 10, 2018

Morris hit the administration with a familiar charge, that it disregarded facts, facts established by experts during the Obama administration about "climate-related impacts" from Keystone XL. "Exact legal recourse options are unclear, but the most likely result is either an escalation through the courts or an additional State Department review and President Trump re-approving the line". (more...)
Most Britons back staying in European Union Most Britons back staying in European Union
- November 08, 2018

Theresa May will be able to persuade her Cabinet to support her preferred Brexit deal - but only after more of her ministers resign, according to a government source. The report by The Sunday Times (via Sky News ) revealed that preparations for this deals are "far more advanced than previously disclosed", eventually leading to a document of around 50 pages being published. (more...)
Chengdu plans to launch ‘artificial moon’ into space to save on electricity Chengdu plans to launch ‘artificial moon’ into space to save on electricity
- October 19, 2018

Other users invoked Hou Yi, from Chinese mythology, who shot down nine suns, to come and shoot down the extra moon. "Wu introduced that the brightness of the " artificial moon " is eight times that of the real moon , and will be bright enough to replace street lights", the paper reported . (more...)
Looters target Florida homes left in dark from Hurricane Michael, authorities say Looters target Florida homes left in dark from Hurricane Michael, authorities say
- October 18, 2018

Pai said that he has had regular contact with cellphone companies and that he is concerned that they have not acted with urgency. But Pai wants more. Even though efforts to restore communications services have been going well in most of the areas affected by Hurricane Michael , the slow progress in restoring wireless service in areas close to where the hurricane made landfall is completely unacceptable. (more...)
A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails
- October 14, 2018

That in turn had hindered the separation of the first stage of the rocket from its second stage . Soyuz crews usually pull about 4Gs during reentry (four times the force of gravity), but a ballistic trajectory can more than double that. (more...)
Hurricane Michael tears apart Florida towns, 7 dead Hurricane Michael tears apart Florida towns, 7 dead
- October 12, 2018

The initial flight was smooth, but things got steadily more turbulent as the aircraft got closer and closer to the eye of the storm . "We had roughly 4,000 people spend the night in a Red Cross or partner shelters - we expect that number could rise but now we're just urging people to listen to the local officials - heed those warnings because this is a very, very unsafe storm". (more...)
Threatening Hurricane Michael takes aim Threatening Hurricane Michael takes aim
- October 11, 2018

An estimated 6,000 people evacuated to emergency shelters, mostly in Florida, and that number was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by week's end, said Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross . "She's my baby", a distraught O'Brien said, her face wet with tears. While glad to have a safe place to ride out the storm, she wasn't happy that her home county couldn't provide shelter. (more...)
Hurricane Michael cranks up to a Category 2 storm Hurricane Michael cranks up to a Category 2 storm
- October 10, 2018

Michael was forecast to push through warm, relatively shallow Gulf of Mexico waters before moving inland over the northern Gulf coast of Florida. The hurricane center , citing Michael's risky trifecta of storm surge , flash flooding and winds , described the seventh hurricane of the Atlantic season as "life-threatening". (more...)
SpaceX first: Rocket booster lands at West Coast site SpaceX first: Rocket booster lands at West Coast site
- October 09, 2018

It was the first time SpaceX landed a first-stage booster back at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base , about 209 kilometres northwest of Los Angeles. The reusable booster assembly makes the use of rockets more affordable for a wide range of customers across the globe. The landing came after SpaceX launched the SAOCOM 1A Earth observation satellite for Argentina's national commission on space activities at 7:21 p.m. (more...)
Protests Disrupt Global Climate Action Summit Protests Disrupt Global Climate Action Summit
- September 18, 2018

At a signing ceremony in the state capital Sacramento, Mr Brown vowed to meet the terms of the Paris agreement and to "continue down that path to transition our economy to zero carbon emissions". She shrugged off U.S. President Donald Trump's contentious policy on climate change and global warming, as the U.S. administration decided previous year to pull out of the landmark Paris Agreement that committed all states across the globe to take joint actions on climate challenge. (more...)
NC Officials Evacuated Prisoners In Storm Areas; SC Did Not NC Officials Evacuated Prisoners In Storm Areas; SC Did Not
- September 18, 2018

Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph (225 kph) over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometres) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line. (more...)
Flood waters rise as Florence pummels Carolinas; at least eight dead Flood waters rise as Florence pummels Carolinas; at least eight dead
- September 18, 2018

Record flooding was also reported at Little River in Manchester, North Carolina, which had the highest flood level in the region, and the only river to have a water level above 30 feet as of Monday morning. He said that on Saturday morning, the floodwaters around his home had dropped, leaving a multitude of trees and other debris in their wake. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti. (more...)
Florence Continues To Dump Massive Amounts Of Rain On East Coast Florence Continues To Dump Massive Amounts Of Rain On East Coast
- September 17, 2018

Bion Stewart, leader of the Coast Guard's response to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina , said in a statement. Video shows a woman in a pink raincoat carrying her rottweiler above the rising waters in New Bern, North Carolina. In a separate briefing, Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said some areas have already received two feet of rain and could expect up to 20 inches more as the system moved "slowly, almost stationary" over eastern ... (more...)
Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime' Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'
- September 17, 2018

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC. About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by what has been described as the most severe storm to hit the region in decades. (more...)
Hurricane Florence Approach Swamps North And South Carolina Hurricane Florence Approach Swamps North And South Carolina
- September 17, 2018

While some folks have made the wild decision to stay put, The Weather Channel's confronting vid might just convince folks to hoof it out of there before things get worse. That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times. More than 10 feet of storm surge is expected to hit some areas in North Carolina and SC, triggered by Florence. (more...)
Four killed as Hurricane Florence swamps Carolinas Four killed as Hurricane Florence swamps Carolinas
- September 17, 2018

As Florence churned slowly towards the coasts of North and SC as a Category 2 hurricane , federal and state officials issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system. Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday evening at 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour (224 km/h) earlier this week when it was classified a Category 4 storm. (more...)
After game canceled, Colgate donates meals to those displaced by Hurricane Florence After game canceled, Colgate donates meals to those displaced by Hurricane Florence
- September 15, 2018

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles. Florence is expected to go move slowly as it approaches North and SC, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday. (more...)
'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding 'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding
- September 15, 2018

More than 5.4 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Weather Service, and another 4 million people were under a tropical storm watch. The potential area of impact includes a wide swath of the eastern coastline, with the greatest impacts anticipated in SC and North Carolina. The president said the "federal government stands by, ready to assist 24/7". (more...)
SpaceX to reveal plans, passenger for private moon mission SpaceX to reveal plans, passenger for private moon mission
- September 15, 2018

According to The Verge , SpaceX says that it has signed its first customer up for a trip around the Moon's orbit - though details are scant. Instead, Musk claimed that SpaceX had turned its attention to the BFR after deeming it to be a better fit for tourist missions. (more...)
Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion philanthropic fund targeting homelessness, preschool education Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion philanthropic fund targeting homelessness, preschool education
- September 14, 2018

Mr Bezos and Amazon have also faced criticism in Seattle for not doing more to help the needy, and have become focal points in the booming region's angry debate about traffic, housing prices and homelessness. between ages 4 and 14. "We will build an organization to directly operate these schools", he added. The foundation helped fund a fact-finding trip to visit government-subsidized model programs in Boston, New York and New Jersey, according to Tim Burgess, the then a city council member ... (more...)
Space Station's view of Hurricane Florence looks eerily apocalyptic Space Station's view of Hurricane Florence looks eerily apocalyptic
- September 13, 2018

This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, center, in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. EDT (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 25.0 degrees north and longitude 60.0 degrees west. Florence is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour (20 kph). (more...)
'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas 'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas
- September 13, 2018

As Florence churned across the Atlantic packing winds of 205km/h, President Donald Trump and state officials stepped up appeals to residents in the path of the monster storm to evacuate before it is too late. Parts of SC could see 5 to 10 inches , with isolated areas getting 20 inches, said the center. The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland. (more...)
Hurricane Florence expected to make landfall on North Carolina on Thursday Hurricane Florence expected to make landfall on North Carolina on Thursday
- September 12, 2018

Virginia joined North and SC in declaring a state of emergency ahead of the storm, which is expected to be a major hurricane. Late Monday, President Donald Trump approved requests for emergency declarations in the Carolinas, which will provide federal assistance to both states. (more...)
Hurricane watch issued for parts of East Coast as Florence moves in Hurricane watch issued for parts of East Coast as Florence moves in
- September 12, 2018

A major hurricane is a storm with sustained winds greater than 110 miles-per-hour. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Simpson, director of emergency services. Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring catastrophic flooding to areas of the eastern United States already soaked by heavy rain and may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades. (more...)
Hurricane Florence: 'We are planning for devastation' Hurricane Florence: 'We are planning for devastation'
- September 12, 2018

The watch covers the area from Edisto Beach, South Carolina , north to the North Carolina-Virginia border, according to a statement issued Tuesday morning . US President Donald Trump signed declarations of emergency for both North Carolina and SC, freeing up federal money and resources for storm response. (more...)
Wind, rain, surge, flood: Hurricane Florence could hit hard Wind, rain, surge, flood: Hurricane Florence could hit hard
- September 12, 2018

Florence is heading towards Virginia and the Carolinas, where a state of emergency has been declared, and Helene appears to be heading north, well away from land. It has been a quieter-than-average hurricane season so far, but things are picking up in a big way: three hurricanes are churning in the Atlantic , with Hurricane Florence rapidly approaching the US East Coast. (more...)
Hurricane Florence Intensifies As It Barrels Toward US East Coast Hurricane Florence Intensifies As It Barrels Toward US East Coast
- September 11, 2018

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles. "To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast - the storm looks very bad!" Dare County officials ordered everyone to leave Hatteras Island on Monday. (more...)
Tropical Storm Gordon Brings Hurricane Watch To Gulf Coast Tropical Storm Gordon Brings Hurricane Watch To Gulf Coast
- September 06, 2018

Tropical storm warnings were issued for portions of south Florida and the Keys overnight after the National Hurricane Center upgraded the seventh Atlantic tropical system of the year to Tropical Storm Gordon . At the mouth of the Mississippi River, around the area of New Orleans, the storm could generate a surge of up to 4 feet (1 metre) and smaller surges could hit coastland along other parts of the Gulf Coast, Graham said. (more...)
Storm Gordon weakens after landfall in southern US Storm Gordon weakens after landfall in southern US
- September 06, 2018

All tropical storm warnings were canceled for South Florida and the Florida Keys as Gordon moved away, but not until after it had battered the region with heavy rain and winds. Brandon Drake, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Topeka, said theories differ on how the storm will progress. Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama, in the Gulf, said the storm was approaching just as the island was finishing up recovery from Hurricane Nate past year. (more...)
Tropical Storm Gordon aims for northern Gulf landfall tonight Tropical Storm Gordon aims for northern Gulf landfall tonight
- September 05, 2018

I wanted to drop by for a very quick update on our fast moving Tropical Storm in the Gulf of Mexico. In the Northwest Florida Daily News coverage area (Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties), southern Santa Rosa County is expected to receive the heaviest impacts from the storm. (more...)
Gulf Coast prepares for Gordon's expected arrival as hurricane Gulf Coast prepares for Gordon's expected arrival as hurricane
- September 05, 2018

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana. Florence's maximum sustained winds are 70 miles per hour, and the storm is moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour. (more...)
Tropical Storm Gordon drenches South Florida Tropical Storm Gordon drenches South Florida
- September 04, 2018

The system was lashing Florida with tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rains Monday morning, according to the hurricane center. Additionally the National Hurricane Center is reporting Gordon is expected to bring life-threatening storm surges to portions of the central Gulf Coast, with surge warnings issued for the mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi-Alabama border. (more...)
California net neutrality bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown California net neutrality bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown
- September 02, 2018

The Federal Communication Commission under former President Barack Obama passed rules prohibiting internet service providers, or ISPs, from throttling speeds, blocking lawful content and engaging in other practices considered to be in violation of the core principles of net neutrality , a concept essentially requiring ISPs to treat all web traffic equally. (more...)

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