Science


NASA launches mission to fly closer to the Sun than ever before NASA launches mission to fly closer to the Sun than ever before
- August 14, 2018

The craft was supposed to be launched yesterday but it was cancelled due to a helium gas sensor that surpassed a launch limit on the Delta IV-Heavy rocket, United Launch Alliance said. Yet the inside of the spacecraft will stay at just 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The probe is set to make 24 passes through the corona , collecting data. (more...)
Perseids meteor shower 2018 Perseids meteor shower 2018
- August 13, 2018

The Perseid Meteor shower normally peaks each year during a new moon however it will not do so again for another eight years. Reaching its peak visibility this weekend, a number of eager stargazers were dazzled by last night's (11 August) astronomical show, where a number of attractive shooting stars and green lights lit up the sky. (more...)
25 million year-old shark teeth discovered 25 million year-old shark teeth discovered
- August 12, 2018

Fossil enthusiast and school teacher Philip Mullaly discovered the rare pair, which are the first of their kind found in Australia and one of only three discoveries in the world. Fitzgerald suspected they came from one individual shark and there might be more entombed in the rock. "These teeth are of worldwide significance, as they represent one of just three associated groupings of Carcharocles angustidens teeth in the world, and the very first set to ever be discovered in Australia", ... (more...)
Parker Solar Probe launches on mission to 'touch the sun' Parker Solar Probe launches on mission to 'touch the sun'
- August 12, 2018

The other great mystery is the behaviour of 'solar wind, ' a stream of charged particles emitted by the sun to release energy. To handle the heat it has been covered with a special 4.5 inch thick carbon-composite shield capable of withstanding temperatures up to 1,650C. (more...)
Countdown restarts as NASA's Parker Solar Probe ready for today's launch Countdown restarts as NASA's Parker Solar Probe ready for today's launch
- August 12, 2018

NASA on Saturday postponed the launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft, created to probe the Sun. The agency is now targeting Sunday for the launch of the spacecraft which is created to go all the way to the Sun's atmosphere, or corona - closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history. (more...)
Perseid meteor shower best seen next weekend Perseid meteor shower best seen next weekend
- August 11, 2018

On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and still plenty vivid. (more...)
NASA sees major Hurricane Hector moving south of Hawaii NASA sees major Hurricane Hector moving south of Hawaii
- August 11, 2018

HST/1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Hector was located near latitude 16.4 degrees north and longitude 153.9 degrees west. Hurricane force winds can extent up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical storm-force winds up to 105 miles (165 km). (more...)
Partial solar eclipse set to happen on August 11 Partial solar eclipse set to happen on August 11
- August 11, 2018

According to timeanddate.com, this will be the last eclipse - both solar and lunar - to be witnessed this year. Where can you see it? The eclipse begins before sunrise. The moon's shadow travels above the earth's surface, and the sun's light (as seen from earth) is blocked out. We call that crossing point a "node". There is a myth that even chopping vegetables, fruits or any other eatables while the solar eclipse lasts, can contaminate or poison the food. (more...)
This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect
- August 11, 2018

Speaking to Space.com, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA , said: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it". But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. (more...)
NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' starts tomorrow NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' starts tomorrow
- August 11, 2018

After it launches, the probe will travel at a record-breaking 430,000 miles per hour, the fastest speed ever achieved by a spacecraft. As the probe orbits the sun, it will experience extreme radiation with temperatures expected to reach 1,377C (2,510F), which is close to the melting point of steel. (more...)
Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower
- August 10, 2018

It's the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars. Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years. During August, this loose nest of stars rises above the northeast horizon before midnight. So if you can find a spot away from artificial light and free of clouds, you will be in for a great show! Why does a meteor shower occur? The meteors will appear to streak away from and out of the constellations of Perseus and Cassiopeia. (more...)
Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Coming This Weekend Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Coming This Weekend
- August 10, 2018

What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular. Usually, on these peak nights it will produce 60-70 meteors an hour, but in bursts the rate can go up to 200 an hour. (more...)
Killer whale still carrying her dead calf after 16 days
- August 10, 2018

It's been over two weeks, but one grieving mother hasn't come to terms with her newborn's death. The young orca J50 was spotted off British Columbia and teams will do a health assessment if conditions in the waters between the USA and Canada allow, said Michael Milstein, a spokesman with NOAA Fisheries. (more...)
Australia's most populous state entirely in drought Australia's most populous state entirely in drought
- August 10, 2018

Kiwi farmers are being urged to extend the hand of mateship to their drought-stricken Australian counterparts. Much of Australia's southeast is struggling but the state government said 100pc of New South Wales' more than 800,000 square kilometres was in drought. (more...)
What you need to know to see this weekend's big meteor shower
- August 10, 2018

Even though this may be somewhat of a down year, the Perseids still typically are one of the best meteor shows of the year. Such an adjustment occurs every 11 years or so, when Jupiter makes its closest approach to the Swift-Tuttle debris cloud, at a distance of about 160 million miles (257 million kilometers). (more...)
Planet Earth at risk of entering irreversible 'hothouse' condition Planet Earth at risk of entering irreversible 'hothouse' condition
- August 10, 2018

A Hothouse Earth would pose "severe risks for health, economies, political stability, and ultimately, the habitability of the planet for humans", the global scientists wrote in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . (more...)
Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest
- August 09, 2018

She is underweight and lethargic with periods of inactivity, and does not appear to be feeding. An endangered killer whale that has prompted an worldwide rescue effort won't receive antibiotics by dart or by fish if it's found in Canadian water. (more...)
Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend
- August 09, 2018

The only concern for viewing is wildfire smoke is likely to stay parked over Montana through next week. At approximately 9 p.m. on August 11, join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center at Huntington Beach of Cleveland Metroparks to view the meteor shower through telescopes with planetarium staff. (more...)
Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend
- August 09, 2018

Earth will pass through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from July 17 to August 24. The comet has a 133-year orbit, last visiting our part of the solar system back in 1992 (hence the big meteor show back in the 90s). "Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them". You can tell if a meteor is a Perseid by following its direction backwards and, if it's coming from the direction of Perseus, it's a Perseid. (more...)
Drought suffering farmers get Federal support Drought suffering farmers get Federal support
- August 09, 2018

Mr Turnbull said the new package was created to keep food on the farmer's tables not to supply feed for stock. This is a special payment in recognition of the severity of the drought. "What that will do is provide additional cash in this coming year". The prime minister visited Trangie, in the central west of New South Wales (NSW), where he announced a $190 million package to assist farmers who have been affected by drought. (more...)
Just one Week Left to Launch NASA’s Touch the Sun Spacecraft Just one Week Left to Launch NASA’s Touch the Sun Spacecraft
- August 09, 2018

It is the first NASA mission to be named after a living person. "By making direct in-situ measurements of the sun's atmosphere and immediate surroundings, Parker Solar Probe is poised to redefine solar and heliospheric physics as we now understand them", McComas said. (more...)
Hurricane, tropical storm are swirling off western Mexico Hurricane, tropical storm are swirling off western Mexico
- August 08, 2018

Named Debby, the subtropical storm is located 900 miles WSW of Azores and is moving North at 16 miles per hour. But only a small deviation to the north of the forecast track could also bring tropical storm force winds to the Big Island. (more...)
Hurricane Hector could collide with erupting Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Hurricane Hector could collide with erupting Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii
- August 08, 2018

The NHC forecast gradual weakening on Monday night through to Wednesday. A strengthening Hurricane Hector continued heading for the central Pacific as a Category 4 storm. Scientists have said there is a great deal of uncertainty over how hurricanes and volcanoes might interact, including whether low atmospheric pressure from a major cyclone could help trigger an eruption, and much remains unknown on the subject. (more...)
Astronomers find rogue planet dozen times more massive than Jupiter Astronomers find rogue planet dozen times more massive than Jupiter
- August 08, 2018

The planet , which is 12 times as large as Jupiter, sits around 20 light years away from Earth. The planet is believed to have scorching surface temperatures of around 825C. Last year, an independent team of scientists discovered that it was actually part of a young group of stars and less massive. "They [the surprises] can potentially help us understand magnetic processes on both stars and planets". (more...)
SpaceX Just Launched A Rocket With A Critical Reused Part SpaceX Just Launched A Rocket With A Critical Reused Part
- August 07, 2018

It will now attempt to land on the Of Course I Still Love You barge - if successful, the company will most likely be planning for its third launch. In comparison, SpaceX spent 11 months between its first-ever launch of a previously flown Falcon 9 booster in March 2017 and that rocket's initial flight in April 2016. (more...)
NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft
- August 07, 2018

Set to command what is scheduled to be NASA's first launch of astronauts from USA soil in seven years is Chris Ferguson , a 56-year-old Philly-born space explorer . The space agency selected eight of its finest active astronauts, plus one retired astronaut, from a wide array of backgrounds. With 322 days in space, Williams is sixth all-time on NASA's spaceflight endurance list and second all-time among female astronauts. (more...)
Giant 'Rogue' Planet Just Spotted A Mere 20 Light-Years Away From Earth Giant 'Rogue' Planet Just Spotted A Mere 20 Light-Years Away From Earth
- August 07, 2018

A massive "rogue" planet with an unexplained "glow" has been seen drifting alone through space, scientists claim. At 200 million years old and approximately 20 light-years from Earth, SIMP0136 has a surface temperature of about 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit (825 degrees Celsius). (more...)
Manatee in distress from signs of red tide exposure taken to SeaWorld Manatee in distress from signs of red tide exposure taken to SeaWorld
- August 06, 2018

In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in two samples collected from Pinellas County, background concentrations in two samples collected from Manatee County, background to high concentrations in 19 samples collected from or offshore of Sarasota County, high concentrations in six samples collected from Charlotte County, background to high concentrations in 17 samples collected from Lee County, and very low to high concentrations in 11 ... (more...)
Sunita Williams to fly on NASA’s commercial spacecraft in 2019 Sunita Williams to fly on NASA’s commercial spacecraft in 2019
- August 06, 2018

The competition asked private spaceflight companies to develop new astronaut-ready spacecraft - and Boeing and SpaceX emerged as top winners. NASA made the announcement today (Aug. But for what it's worth, SpaceX still has to receive NASA's human-rated safety certification for the Block 5 version of its Falcon 9 rocket, including propellant tanks that were redesigned in the wake of the 2016 explosion. (more...)
NASA Introduces Nine Astronauts for First Commercial Flights
- August 05, 2018

NASA astronauts Victor Glover , a 1999 Cal Poly graduate, and Mike Hopkins have been selected to fly Crew Dragon , a private spaceship built by SpaceX, to the International Space Station in 2019. Boeing and SpaceX, under contract with NASA, are competing in their own space race to launch capsules next year. NASA has been paying billions of dollars to SpaceX and Boeing to develop the crew capsules to pick up where the space shuttles left off in 2011, while also paying billions for cargo ... (more...)