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First meteor shower of 2019 peaks tonight
- January 04, 2019

During its peak in early January, anywhere from 60 to as many as 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour in flawless conditions. You can visit Time and Date for a better idea if you'll see it or not. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once. To view this meteor shower, look for a spot away from street lights. (more...)
NASA Tracking Flyby Of Most Distant Space Expedition In Human History NASA Tracking Flyby Of Most Distant Space Expedition In Human History
- January 01, 2019

EST (5:33 a.m. GMT) January 1, 2019, closing to a distance of about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) from the object. New Horizons, which flew by Pluto in 2015, is now on a mission to reveal the Kuiper Belt , a region that extends well beyond the outermost planets of our solar system and is populated by tens of thousands of dark, frozen bodies more than 100 metres across, believed to be relics from the solar system's formation. (more...)
EPA proposes new rule that could allow fewer restrictions on toxins EPA proposes new rule that could allow fewer restrictions on toxins
- December 31, 2018

Bush. Consequently, the Trump Administration's EPA is leaving the current MATS rule in place while undercutting the justification for the rule in such a way that could preclude more stringent mercury standards in the future, and could possibly set the stage for looser rules in the future . (more...)
Super blood wolf moon eclipse coming on January 20th - 21st Super blood wolf moon eclipse coming on January 20th - 21st
- December 29, 2018

Since the Sun's light will be falling on the moon during the rotation, it will appear reddish. Over the course of the next hour or so the Moon will appear to dim slightly before entering the umbra, where lunar observers would see the whole... (more...)
Delhi: Factories in key industrial areas to remain closed till Dec 26 Delhi: Factories in key industrial areas to remain closed till Dec 26
- December 27, 2018

After four consecutive days of "severe" air pollution, Delhi's air quality improved to " very poor " and according to the weatherman, it is likely to remain in the same zone for the next three days, with dense fog engulfing the city. Faridabad and Ghaziabad also recorded "severe" air quality, data showed. "The forecasting model predicts a faster improvement due to faster dispersion. (more...)
Musk's SpaceX successfully deploys US GPS satellite into orbit Musk's SpaceX successfully deploys US GPS satellite into orbit
- December 27, 2018

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a U.S. Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., December 18, 2018. (more...)
Japanese whaling towns welcome IWC withdrawal but concerns remain over protests Japanese whaling towns welcome IWC withdrawal but concerns remain over protests
- December 26, 2018

Tokyo has made a decision to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC ), meaning that Japanese whalers will be able to resume commercial hunting for the first time in over 30 years. But Japan will not be able to continue the so-called scientific research hunts in the Antarctic that it has been exceptionally allowed as an IWC member under the Antarctic Treaty. (more...)
Astronaut remembers Apollo 8 mission: Astronaut remembers Apollo 8 mission: "How did we ever do that?"
- December 24, 2018

NASA is now planning to send humans to Mars in the 2030s . It wants to learn the skills and develop the technology to enable a future human landing on Mars. A thorough investigation, including reconstruction of the scene as it took place, was then used to prove that the image was in fact taken by Anders. (more...)
U.K. Parliament to resume Brexit deal debate on January 9 U.K. Parliament to resume Brexit deal debate on January 9
- December 24, 2018

She added: "A managed no-deal does not necessarily mean there is no Withdrawal Agreement at all". However, the "contingency action plan" published by the commission on Wednesday contains no such arrangement. "I would be very surprised if the prime minister would be prepared to go down that route". The United Kingdom has also signed up to continued membership of the Common Transit Convention, which reduces administrative burden by removing the need for companies to complete import and ... (more...)
Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday
- December 24, 2018

The actual moment of the solstice will occur at 10.23pm in the UK. Shown above is the orientation of the Earth relative to the sun's most direct rays around the time of the Northern Hemisphere's winter solstice . ET), EarthSky says. Few things are as magical as the heavens full of shooting stars, and December gives us that gift in the form of the Ursid meteor shower. (more...)
Today is the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year Today is the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year
- December 23, 2018

Because the Earth is tilted on its rotational axis, we experience seasons here on Earth. How fitting that on the longest night of the year, the moon will be shining brightly . Native Americans marked December's full moon as the beginning of the coldest part of the year. Starting Saturday, daylight will gradually extend each day until the summer solstice in June . (more...)
Winter Solstice: Google doodle celebrates shortest day of the year Winter Solstice: Google doodle celebrates shortest day of the year
- December 21, 2018

In the south, it's just the reverse though. The winter solstice is juxtaposed by the summer solstice which typically falls on June 21 and marks the longest day and shortest night of the year. Although some people think that the whole day is the solstice, there is actually a specific time in the day when the solstice occurs. The occasion is a cause for celebration in some regions around the world. (more...)
Snowy Google Doodle marks winter solstice Snowy Google Doodle marks winter solstice
- December 21, 2018

On the other hand, the winter solstice also marks the longest day of in the Southern Hemisphere. Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year, with Brits only getting 7 hours and 49 minutes of daylight before the evenings and mornings begin to lengthen once more . (more...)
Astronomers say mysterious light in the sky across California probably a meteor Astronomers say mysterious light in the sky across California probably a meteor
- December 21, 2018

There was some initial speculation that the lights could be related to a scheduled rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, but that launch was scrubbed early Wednesday evening. The Delta IV Heavy rocket will be carrying a secretive satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. "As the nation's premiere launch provider, the teams have worked diligently to ensure continued mission success, delivering our customer's payloads to the precise orbits requested". (more...)
Elon Musk's SpaceX Postpones Launch of First Air Force Mission Elon Musk's SpaceX Postpones Launch of First Air Force Mission
- December 20, 2018

SpaceX is the first one on the launchpad with a Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to take off at 9:11 a.m. local time from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. All the technical issues were all overcome, and then rockets were launched. SpaceX first halted the launch on Tuesday due to the same technical warning with its sensor. (more...)
Nations overcome last-minute divisions to forge climate deal Nations overcome last-minute divisions to forge climate deal
- December 19, 2018

The United States does not intend to participate in the Paris Agreement on climate change, the US State Department said in a statement, following the UN climate conference in Poland's Katowice. Another notable achievement of the negotiations in Poland is that nations agreed on how to collectively assess the effectiveness of climate action in 2023, and how to monitor and report progress on the development and transfer of technology. (more...)
Virgin Galactic reaches for the stars Virgin Galactic reaches for the stars
- December 19, 2018

Sir Richard Branson is planning to step up production of spaceships and take new passenger bookings as he prepares for the launch of commercial flights as soon as next year. It was carrying two pilots and four NASA research payloads, as well as a mannequin named Annie, who was acting as a stand-in passenger. The next flight test is expected within the next couple of months, depending on data analysis from Thursday's flight, Virgin Galactic said. (more...)
Saturn with no rings? It could happen, and sooner than astronomers expected Saturn with no rings? It could happen, and sooner than astronomers expected
- December 19, 2018

Based on that current rate, and research carried out by the Cassini spacecraft, the rings have less than 100 million years to live. Apparently, the planet's gravitational pull is bringing the ice fields down towards the surface, in a near-constant bombardment of icy rain. (more...)
Discovered: The most-distant solar system object ever observed Discovered: The most-distant solar system object ever observed
- December 18, 2018

Sheppard, the University of Hawaii's David Tholen , and Northern Arizona University's Chad Trujillo . Its pink shade indicates an ice-rich object. Sheppard/David Tholen. Credit: Roberto Molar Candanosa/Scott S. Sheppard/Carnegie Institution for Science. The previous record-holder was the dwarf planet Eris at 96 astronomical units. (more...)
United Nations climate talks agree on reporting emissions United Nations climate talks agree on reporting emissions
- December 18, 2018

But environmental groups said the package agreed in the Polish mining city of Katowice lacked the bold ambition needed to protect states already dealing with devastating floods, droughts and extreme weather made worse by climate change. (more...)
Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi' Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'
- December 18, 2018

It took month for state authorities to track down David Berry Jr , his father David Berry Sr and his brother Kyle and arrest them for the crimes. He was sentenced to hard time - and a hard-to-watch Disney film . Judge Robert George sent Berry to jail for one year and ordered the film viewings to be conducted by the sheriff of the Lawrence County Jail. (more...)
Virgin Galactic successfully launches tourism rocket ship into space for first time Virgin Galactic successfully launches tourism rocket ship into space for first time
- December 17, 2018

So the company went to work on updating the design, ultimately rolling out the ship flown Thursday, which goes by the name VSS Unity. " Virgin Galactic will be the first (in space )", said Branson pointedly . After arriving back at the test centre, the co-pilot, Stucky, said: "It was a great flight". According to The BBC , the plane carried with it a mannequin named Annie and four NASA experiments. (more...)
Drier Air Returns In Time For The ‘Christmas’ Comet Sunday! Drier Air Returns In Time For The ‘Christmas’ Comet Sunday!
- December 17, 2018

With a width of 0.7 miles (1.1 kilometers), 46P/Wirtanen orbits the Sun fairly quickly for a comet - once every 5.4 years - making it a short-period comet. It has a diameter of about three-quarters of a mile - a relatively small comet. Wirtanen stands out among comets because its surface contains a lot of methane and carbon, as well as the usual water ice. (more...)
Branson looks ahead to beginning commercial SpaceShipTwo flights Branson looks ahead to beginning commercial SpaceShipTwo flights
- December 17, 2018

As for VSS Unity itself, Virgin Galactic confirmed at 16:14 UTC that the spacecraft had landed safely at Mojave Airport, a little over 10 minutes after touching space. It has also earned the plane's pilots, Mark "Forger" Stucky and Frederick "CJ" Sturckow, commercial astronaut wings from the Federal Aviation Administration . (more...)
Geminid meteor shower: Where, when and how to see it Geminid meteor shower: Where, when and how to see it
- December 15, 2018

The waxing crescent moon will set before midnight, leaving the sky nice and dark. But if you won't be up in those early hours, you can also start watching a couple hours after sunset; the moon will set at about 10:30 p.m. The shower is named after the constellation Gemini because the shooting stars seem to radiate from a spot near Castor, a bright star in the constellation. (more...)
Sorry mantis shrimp, the Dracula ant's snap-jaw is faster Sorry mantis shrimp, the Dracula ant's snap-jaw is faster
- December 15, 2018

This creates an internal stress that is released when one mandible slides across the other - somewhat similar to how we can snap our fingers, researchers say. Larabee, a postdoctoral researcher and also an author of the study. To study the Dracula ants and their unique movement mechanism, the researcher used computer simulations and a variety of the latest technologies. (more...)
InSight showed itself in a new selfie on Mars InSight showed itself in a new selfie on Mars
- December 14, 2018

For photos of the machine visible to the scientific instruments, the rod of weather sensors and antenna, UHF, reported on the official website of NASA. "This might seem like a pretty plain piece of ground if it weren't on Mars, but we're glad to see that", Banerdt added. The InSight lander used the arm to snapped a series of pictures that NASA turned into a stunning mosaic released this week. (more...)
Don't miss the Geminids tonight! Don't miss the Geminids tonight!
- December 14, 2018

For a better view, get as far away from city lights as possible, face South, and do not forget to dress warmly as you enjoy one of the greatest shows on - or above - earth, recommends Google . Phaethon is a unusual blue asteroid that scientists named after its namesake- the Greek God Apollo's son. "Star gazers will be looking for clear, cloudless skies to have the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of the meteor shower ", said a Met office spokesperson. (more...)
Russian spacewalkers cut samples around mystery hole at space station Russian spacewalkers cut samples around mystery hole at space station
- December 14, 2018

The damage was apparently patched before the Soyuz actually launched into space, and it wasn't until it was attached to the space station that the makeshift repairs broke loose and started leaking. Prokopyev now has spent 15 hours and 31 minutes on EVA. "That is exactly the hole we've been looking for, guys", radioed Russian Mission Control outside Moscow . (more...)
Virgin Galactic rocket ship reaches space in test flight Virgin Galactic rocket ship reaches space in test flight
- December 13, 2018

The successful flight indicates the company is not far off from sending tourists to space. The pilots hope to fly the rocket ship to an altitude exceeding 50 miles (80 kilometers), which Virgin Galactic considers the boundary of space. "If we have a very good day, we could potentially have the first space flight into space of Virgin Galactic, so that would be a big milestone from our personal company and then on a national level, I think this would be the first human spaceflight from ... (more...)