Science

Nasa launches historic space probe in mission to 'touch' the sun

Nasa launches historic space probe in mission to 'touch' the sun The probe, about the size of a vehicle, will fly through the Sun's atmosphere and will come as close as 3.8 million miles to the star's surface, well within the orbit of Mercury and more than seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before (Earth's average distance to the Sun is 93 million miles), according to NASA . [Full Article...]

Last solar eclipse of 2018 on 11th

Last solar eclipse of 2018 on 11th Last & best solar eclipse of the year upon us: What you need to know The third and final solar eclipse of 2018 is just around the corner and is set to be the most-watched eclipse of the year. A Blood Moon occurs during a total lunar eclipse when the Earth passes between the Sun and Moon, plunging the Moon into shadow. Over 100 minutes long, it was the longest eclipse of the century. [Full Article...]

Map shows best places to watch weekend meteor shower

Map shows best places to watch weekend meteor shower One of the most popular meteor showers of the year is expected to peak this weekend. Small particles of comet dust burn up when entering Earth's atmosphere, creating the bright streaks (mistakenly) known as "shooting stars". The United States, Europe, and Canada will be able to see the Perseids at their best, with similarly stellar views in Mexico and Central America, Asia, much of Africa, and... [Full Article...]

Delta IV Heavy Parker Solar Probe Launch Highlights

Delta IV Heavy Parker Solar Probe Launch Highlights Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission to the sun lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on August 12, 2018 . "We've accomplished something that decades ago, lived exclusively in the realm of science fiction", he added, describing the probe as one of NASA's "strategically important" missions. [Full Article...]

NASA shifts launch of spacecraft to the Sun

NASA shifts launch of spacecraft to the Sun It will be subjected to brutal heat and radiation like no other man-made structure before. NASA early Saturday scrubbed its planned launch of humankind's first probe to the sun, planning to try again Sunday morning. The probe is equipped with a 4 1/2-inch thick carbon-carbon heat shield created to withstand temperatures of about 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only is the corona about 300 time... [Full Article...]

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 Weather Forecast: Smoke May Screen Out Western US

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 Weather Forecast: Smoke May Screen Out Western US The annual meteor shower will peak August 12-14, and should be visible each night. While the Perseids have been passing over Earth since the end of July, peak viewing will be from August 11 through August 13 as night turns to dawn. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. [Full Article...]

Here is when Perseids shower peaks in Oman this month

Here is when Perseids shower peaks in Oman this month However, it's important to set an alarm clock, because the meteor shower occurs while most people are sleeping. The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers due to their predictability. Jay Bjerke, president of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club, said the best location to view the meteor shower will be away from city lights . And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to... [Full Article...]

Hurricane forms off Mexico; no threat to land

Hurricane forms off Mexico; no threat to land A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ileana now is predicted to remain a tropical storm before dissipating by late Tuesday due to the influence of the larger John. [Full Article...]

Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully re-launches rocket

Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully re-launches rocket Just nine minutes later, the rocket's first stage made a successful landing on the "Of course I still love you' drone ship aba coast, according to CNBC ". The 230-foot Falcon 9 lifted off for the first time back on May 11, lifting Bangladesh's first communications satellite to orbit from Kennedy Space Center. [Full Article...]

Scientists Spot Massive Rogue Planet Just Outside Solar System

Scientists Spot Massive Rogue Planet Just Outside Solar System While independent of a sun, SIMP is nevertheless too muggy to make it as an extraterrestrial vacation destination. Though not as hot as our Sun, this newly discovered object is quite toasty at about 1,500 degree Fahrenheit. Astronomers agree that the difference can be drawn as the line below which deuterium fusion is no more possible, known as the "deuterium-burning limit", it stands at arou... [Full Article...]

NASA names astronauts for first commercial space flights

NASA names astronauts for first commercial space flights USA astronauts now take Russian capsules to the space station, with NASA paying as much as $82 million a seat. NASA's last space shuttle mission, the STS-135 flight coincidently commanded by Boeing's Ferguson, flew in July 2011. Both Crew Dragon and Starliner are created to carry four astronauts. No female astronaut has logged more spacewalk time. "And that's going to help all of us understa... [Full Article...]

Trump Administration Looks To Roll Back Mileage Standards

Trump Administration Looks To Roll Back Mileage Standards Some argue fuel-economy laws are necessary to fight global warming , but they do almost nothing to address the alleged dangers of climate change. Several other states followed California's guidelines, creating a fragmented set of standards across the country. [Full Article...]

Free plastic bags banned by Australian supermarket chain

Free plastic bags banned by Australian supermarket chain Before they took action, half of Australia's eight states and territories had already banned single-use plastic shopping bags by law. "I appreciate this transition phase is taking longer than anticipated but it is absolutely the right thing to do by our customers", Mr Durkan said. [Full Article...]

NASA names astronauts for first manned U.S. space launches since 2011

NASA names astronauts for first manned U.S. space launches since 2011 The return of crew flights to USA soil will end NASA's politically inconvenient reliance on Russian Federation for transporting astronauts to the ISS. SpaceX is targeting April 2019 for its crewed demonstration flight, Demo-2. The unmanned test flight is scheduled for late 2018 or early 2019. Both companies will also conduct abort system test flights to ensure the astronauts can safely escape... [Full Article...]

FUEL EFFICIENCY: Trump proposes rollback of Obama's clean auto rules

FUEL EFFICIENCY: Trump proposes rollback of Obama's clean auto rules The proposal released by the EPA and DOT says that the fuel efficiency standards raise prices on new cars, leading more Americans to drive older cars longer and making the roads less safe. That ignores the fact that more fuel-efficient vehicles are cheaper to operate since drivers have to buy less gas. "This proposed rollback puts all that at risk". [Full Article...]

NASA is naming 8 astronauts to fly SpaceX and Boeing's new spaceships

NASA is naming 8 astronauts to fly SpaceX and Boeing's new spaceships NASA's Commercial Crew Program , as it's called, will soon launch launch one uncrewed and two crewed test flights of each new spacecraft. Also, the most recent planet-hunting probe of NASA-the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite)-has begun its hunt for new worlds around close by stars, as said by the US Space organization. [Full Article...]

NASA study: Impossible' to make Mars like Earth with current technology

NASA study: Impossible' to make Mars like Earth with current technology July has been rather eventful for the skywatchers; first, a partial solar eclipse on July 13, then a lunar eclipse on July 27 and now Mars coming the closest it has to earth in 15 years on July 31. Saturn will also be visible, as shown in the map below. For the next several weeks Mars will be brighter than Jupiter due to its proximity from Earth. [Full Article...]

On Mars discovered the first extraterrestrial body of water

On Mars discovered the first extraterrestrial body of water Early results from the 15-year old Mars Express spacecraft already found that water-ice exists at the planet's poles and is also buried in layers interspersed with dust. Every now and again the planets literally align, affording Hubble the flawless conditions to capture detailed images of its distant quarry. Unfortunately, we're getting the short end of the stick on this one. [Full Article...]

World gazes at total lunar eclipse, longest of this century

World gazes at total lunar eclipse, longest of this century In fact, a lunar eclipse is less bright than the normal full moon. No special filters are required to protect your eyes, which makes watching a lunar eclipse different from watching a solar eclipse , making this spectacle completely safe to view with the naked eye. [Full Article...]

Cruise ship passenger attacked by polar bear on Norway's Arctic Svalbard

Cruise ship passenger attacked by polar bear on Norway's Arctic Svalbard The injured man was taken by helicopter to hospital. The polar bear was then shot dead "in an act of self-defense" by the second guard, spokeswoman Negar Etminan said. In what is being called "an act of self-defense" by Hapag-Lloyd cruise line, the bear was shot by a guard specifically hired to protect their guests and crew during risky encounters. [Full Article...]


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