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SpaceX launches moon lander, lands booster despite tough conditions

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Beresheet will spend seven weeks making its way to the moon, swinging by Earth a few times and using our planet's gravity to build the momentum it needs to get to its destination. Previously, only the U.S., U.S.S.R, and China have landed spacecraft on the moon. NASA is providing support to track and monitor the spacecraft on its journey and landing. Read More »

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

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Only five flies landed on the horses dressed in zebra coats during a 30-minute period, whereas more than 60 touched down on those in the solid black and solid white coats in the same time period. The researchers videoed horse flies as they tried to prey on captive zebras and domestic horses at a livery in North Somerset, England. As additional protection, zebras swish their tails nearly continuously to keep flies off, the study found. Read More »

Cyclone Oma heads to Queensland; to affect New South Wales as well

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Sandbags will be available at 38 Shamrock Road at Darra, 9 Redfern Street at Morningside, 66 Wilston Road at Newmarket, 33 Jennings Street at Zillmere and Herbert Street at Lota. "But that would be maybe a better scenario than if it lingers off the coast". The longer the storm lingers, the more damage it is likely to cause as waves as high as six metres have been seen along the shore. Read More »

Second and largest supermoon of 2019 will shine above Canada tonight

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The Moon's orbit around the Earth has an oval or elliptical shape. Last month, the super blood wolf moon lit up the skies. The supermoon will reach its peak Tuesday morning at 9:54 a.m. "It was wonderful", said 7-year-old Cedrick, a second grade pupil who is interested in astronomy. Who does not want to gaze at the moon and be lost in the land of fantasies? Macquarie University's Department of Physics and Astronomy senior scientific officer Adam Joyce said Tuesday night's supermoon ... Read More »

Supermoon 2019: Full moon to be visible in United Kingdom tomorrow

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Those wishing to see the supermoon are advised to check the skies Monday and Tuesday nights for the best view. On February 19, the Earth-Moon distance will be about 356,800 kilometers, making the moon 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter compared to its appearance at its average distance from Earth, said expert from the Purple Mountain Observatory of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Read More »

How to see the biggest, brightest supermoon of 2019

The moon will come closest to Earth around 1 a.m. Tuesday. According to Gianluca Masi, head of the Italy-based Virtual Telescope Project, the February Supermoon will be up to seven percent brighter than any other Full Moon this year. We might see surreal sights like the Geminid meteor shower , sundogs or even a Super Snow Moon . Mr Masi said observing the Full Moon around the time of twilight is a particularly splendid opportunity to see the Moon in action. Read More »

NASA's InSight lander to place heat flow probe on Mars

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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in this dramatically lit view eastward across Endeavour Crater on Mars. "So that really confirmed one of these big questions about Mars' past". Due to the bot's silent state, NASA is cutting ties with Opportunity and ending it's 15-year Mars mission. "You could have lost a lot of money over the years betting against Opportunity", said the professor. Read More »

New Horizons Images Show Ultima Thule May Actually Be More 'Pancake'-Shaped

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Images of the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) designated 2014 MU69 , nicknamed Ultima Thule , now show that the two lobes of the KBO 4 billion miles from Earth are not spherical as originally thought. The NASA craft first captured images of the dual-lobed space rock, located more than a billion miles from Pluto, when it reached it on New Year's day. Read More »

NASA confirms 2018 was officially Earth's fourth hottest year

According to NOAA , 2016 was the warmest year on record, followed by 2015 and 2017 in second and third place. Specifically, NASA said global temperatures in 2018 were 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit above the average from 1951 to 1980. The U.S. temperature in 2018 was the 14th warmest on average, said NOAA climate monitoring chief Deke Arndt . Indeed, that natural variation is why climate scientists look primarily at temperature trends over long timescales and don't give too much significance to ... Read More »

NASA, SpaceX aim for March test of 1st new astronaut capsule

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SpaceX , though, has been making progress, including rolling out the Crew Dragon spacecraft atop its Falcon 9 rocket to Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in early January for tests. Commercial crew has continued working toward these historic missions throughout the month of January. The agency on Wednesday selected March 2 as the date for the first unmanned test flight, and an undisclosed date in July for when United States spacemen finally get shot back into orbit from ... Read More »

UK-built Mars rover named after British scientist Rosalind Franklin

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In Watson's book "The Double Helix", which shaped the narrative around the discovery of the structure of DNA for decades, he painted a vituperative picture of Franklin, whom he referred to as "Rosy". After finishing her portion of the DNA work, Franklin led pioneering work on the tobacco mosaic and polio viruses. Today, Franklin is regarded as one of the 20th century's most overlooked scientists. Read More »

The First CubeSats Ever to Visit Mars Have Gone Silent

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It was accompanied by two tiny satellites called CubeSats , or in this case, MarCO , for Mars Cube One . Even if NASA never hears from EVE or Wall-E again, they consider the MarCO mission a success. They were named after the main characters in the 2008 animated movie. The twin cubesats that played a key role in NASA's most recent Mars lander mission have been out of contact with the Earth for more than a month, suggesting their trailblazing mission has come to an end. Read More »

2018 fourth hottest year on record

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Nine of the 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2005 . The damage included Hurricane Michael's United States dollars 25 billion tally and USD 24 billion each from Hurricane Florence and the western wildfires. The specialists explain that the temperature of 2018 in Europe was the highest recorded in the analyses of both institutions, with 1.78 Celsius degrees above the average. Read More »

AOC says being left off climate crisis committee not a snub

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The New York freshman lawmaker was one of the sponsors at Thursday's unveiling of a Green New Deal resolution on controlling climate change. "We hope that all of the committees of jurisdiction will be very involved", she said . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change. The Green New Deal would be paid for "the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich and ... Read More »

Oceans will change colour in 100 yrs

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Importantly, she said , the shift in reflectance of blue/green light appeared to give an earlier indication of changes to phytoplankton than estimates of the amount of chlorophyll present, a measure now used to monitor phytoplankton levels. Read More »

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Is Moving Towards Russia, NOAA Says in Update

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The position of the Earth's magnetic North Pole - used in navigation systems such as smartphones - is moving far faster than it has, sending scientists scrambling to put out a new model this week. Beneath the molten core is the Earth's solid centre - a ball of tough iron believed to be about two-thirds the size of the Moon. Whenever there is turbulence in our planet's outer liquid core, the magnetic poles shift in ways that are "unpredictable". Read More »

WHO and vaccine group back ‘critical’ cervical cancer shots

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Professor Yavuz Anacak, head of Turkish Association of Radiation Oncology, said that rapid industrialization, pollution, use of tobacco and alcohol, change in consumption habits and obesity contributes to the emergence of more cancer cases and they struggled to treat the patients and reduce these risk factors. Read More »

Record Flooding Hit Australia’s Northeast

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It was feared flash flooding from the release would more than double the height of record-high flood levels already raging through the heart of the city with up to 2000 cubic metres of water per second expected to be unleashed from the dam. Read More »

Death toll rises to 121 in Brazil dam collapse

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The Brazilian mining company Vale SA, the owner of the tailings dam, faced with criticism and suspended production as protesters gathered in front of its headquarters. Hildebrando Neto, deputy minister for environmental regulations in the state of Minas Gerais where the collapsed dam is based, told Reuters late on Thursday that all evidence suggests that the burst was caused by liquefaction, a process whereby a solid material such as sand loses strength and stiffness and behaves more like ... Read More »

Hubble Fortuitously Discovers New Galaxy In Cosmic Neighborhood

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Astronomers have often noted evidence of smaller galaxies being pulled apart or consumed by larger ones. During relatively recent work on imaging NGC 6752 , a globular star cluster located around 13,000 light-years from the Milky Way's halo, Hubble made a surprise discovery: a previously unknown dwarf galaxy. Read More »

Groundhog Day verdicts are in

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Phil will share his prediction with his Inner Circle during the Groundhog Day Picnic, which kicks off around 6:00 a.m. ET. He predicted six weeks of winter in 2016, 2017 and 2018 whereas temperatures were above average for February and March. Read More »

Bolton: US Needs Significant Sign from N. Korea on Giving up Nukes

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In the Korean War, U.S. -led multinational forces fought alongside South Korea against the North, backed by China and the Soviet Union. -Mexican border for which Trump has considered declaring a national emergency. Coats' fear is shared by the Pentagon - which banned Huawei and ZTE phones from USA military bases a year ago - and by other intelligence chiefs, who accused the firms of spying on behalf of the Chinese government. Read More »

Trump Mocks Global Warming as Temps Sink: 'Please Come Back'

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The public seems to be accepting the scientific view over Trump's. This is not the first time Trump has demonstrated he can't grasp the concept of global warming or how it works. In December 2017, the president suggested that global warming doesn't exist - but, once again, thought it could help against the cold. Economic changes wrought by climate change will hit the hardest in areas that supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, a new study from the Brookings ... Read More »

Samsung to Stop Using Plastic Packaging

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As Samsung progresses into the second quarter of 2019, the company has revealed that it will begin phasing out plastic packaging. The plastic packaging that's now used for Samsung's products and accessories will be replaced with sustainable elements such as recycled/bio-based plastics and paper from the first half of 2019. Read More »

Telescopes capture moment of comet-rock impact on moon during eclipse

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Spanish astrophysicist Jose Maria Madiedo of the University of Huelva said Wednesday it appears a rock from a comet slammed into the moon during the total lunar eclipse late Sunday and early Monday. It can also be seen in the upper left in a live webcast from timeanddate , the bottom left of this livestream from a man in Pennsylvania , and the bottom left of this video here . Read More »

2-for-1: Total Lunar Eclipse Comes With Supermoon Bonus

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Scroll down to see images of Sunday's super blood wolf moon . Earth cast two shadows on the moon during the eclipse. A variety of factors affect the appearance of the moon during a total lunar eclipse. During a lunar eclipse, the Moon appears red because the light of the Sun no longer directly illuminates it, since Earth is passing in between the Moon and Sun. Read More »

Cassini Reveals the Surprisingly Young Age of Saturn's Rings

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Cassini met a fiery end when it was deliberately steered into the planet in a suicidal "death dive" which took place in 2017. Reference: "Measurement and Implications of Saturn's Gravity Field and Ring Mass", L. "Particles in the rings feel this oscillation in the gravitational field". "There were people thinking that once we determined the interior of Jupiter, one could know what the interior structure of Saturn was". Read More »

Rain to exit Sunday making for good Super Blood Wolf Moon viewing

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The " Super Blood Wolf Moon " will be visible across the us and South America for about three hours. Click "play" to hear the audio version of this story. On Sunday, January 20, nearly exactly one year after the sighting of a Super Blue Moon lunar eclipse , Canadians will be treated to a full wolf moon creating a total lunar eclipse . Read More »

Don't miss the 'super blood wolf eclipse' Sunday night

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The blood moon comes overnight. What's more is that this particular lunar eclipse is of the blood moon variant, i.e. the Moon will turn red during the lunar eclipse. Super moons will look about 7 percent bigger than an average full moon (and 12 to 14 percent bigger than a full moon at apogee). Hence, the "Super" portion of the moniker. Read More »

Gove plans ban on most-polluting log burner and open fire fuels

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A government spokesman said junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered related agencies to inform people of the danger of ultrafine particles after Bangkok's air quality this past weekend again fell to "unhealthy" levels. "But when we have had inquests in the past that have pointed to the need to change the law, then we in government and Defra have been determined to make sure the law can be changed as quickly as possible when full lessons have been learned", he added. Read More »

Moon sprouts: one small step for cotton, one giant step for China

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According to CNSA, the biological species screened to be sent on the moon mission had to pass strict requirements due to the extremely limited size allowed in the cargo. China wants to establish a lunar research base one day, possibly using 3D printing technology to build facilities, the Chinese space agency said Monday. Read More »

Antarctic Ice Sheet under threat

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This event caused a significant part of the Antarctic ice cap to melt and dramatically elevate global sea levels. While the study finds mass loss from East Antarctica is still lagging behind its neighbour to the West-the former has recently lost some 50 billion tons of ice per year to the latter's 160 billion - East Antarctica is still a "major contributor" to Antarctica's slim-down. Read More »

Chinese researchers sprout seeds on the moon for first time ever

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Researchers at Chongqing University are conducting an experiment to observe how plants can grow in low-gravity environments and in the natural lighting conditions of the moon. " We have given consideration to future survival in space ". In an attempt to better understand how plants and animals could grow and live on the lunar surface, Chongqing University equipped the Chang'e 4 lander with a "mini-biosphere" experiment, which is created to be a self-sustaining ecosystem, according to ... Read More »

China Releases New Panoramic Footage of the Moon’s Far Side

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The rover is exploring the landing site in the Von Kármán crater on the side of the moon that faces away from Earth, sometimes called " the dark side of the moon " even though it receives plenty of sunlight. The Chang'e-4 probe - named after a moon goddess - made the world's first soft landing on the moon's "dark side" on January 3, a major step in China's ambitions to become a space superpower. Read More »

Ocean temperatures rising faster than initially thought, new research shows

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Evidence from the new testing in four independent groups now suggest a stronger observed Heat Ocean Content warming, the journal states, with all four recent studies showing that the rate of ocean warming has accelerated after 1991. 'For example, even if we meet the target of Paris Agreement (to limit climate change), ocean will continue warming and sea level will continue rise. Read More »

Theresa May suffers Brexit setback over no-deal scenario

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May hopes more details related to the "backstop" to be announced before the January 15 vote will persuade MPs to support the withdrawal agreement, though there were little signs of MPs opposed to it changing their views on Wednesday. May insisted Wednesday that "further clarification" from the European Union was possible, "and those talks will continue over the next few days". Read More »

NASA finds planet outside solar system that may have water

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NASA's Kepler Mission K2 team announced the discovery of another new world today, two months after the Kepler spacecraft ran out of fuel on October 30th, and ended its mission after nine years, during which it discovered 2,600 confirmed planets around other stars - the bulk of those now known - along with thousands of additional candidates astronomers are working to confirm. Read More »

A Chinese Spacecraft Has Landed On The Dark Side Of The Moon

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Every semester, Purdue University lunar and planetary scientist Jay Melosh demonstrates how the far side gets light using a bright light as the sun and students playing the roles of the moon and the Earth. China's Chang'e 4 craft captured a close-up photo of the far side of the moon. China's mission is to learn more about the little-understood region of the moon and compete with the U.S. Read More »

China lands probe on far side of Moon in a space milestone

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He told the Associated Press , "On the whole, China's space technology still lags behind the West, but with the landing on the far side of the moon , we have raced to the front". The moon is what scientists call "tidally locked " which means the same side always faces us, while another side always faces away, Loeb said. Due to the fact that the Moon's period of rotation around Earth and its rotation about its axis are identical, only one hemisphere of the Moon can be observed from ... Read More »

Meteor Showers in the Sky Tonight

The Quadrantids have been known to produce some 50-100 meteors in a dark sky. Tonight the Quadrantid shower will peak in the night and early morning skies, making it possible for millions of people around the world to see the light-filled attraction. Read More »

NASA New Horizons image shows weird Ultima Thule looks like a snowman

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Clearer images and more confident assessments of Ultima Thule's surface composition and topography are expected in the immediate days ahead. The fly-by took place at 05:33 UTC. There are hundreds of thousands of Kuiper members like Ultima, and their frigid state nearly certainly holds clues to how all planetary bodies came into being some 4.6 billion years ago. Read More »