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NASA Says Goodbye to Its Mars Opportunity Rover NASA Says Goodbye to Its Mars Opportunity Rover
- February 15, 2019

It landed on Mars' Meridiani Planum plain near its equator on January 25, 2004. Its twin, Spirit , had arrived just three weeks earlier. The rover reached Mars in 2004, but NASA lost contact with the vehicle past year following an epic dust storm that enveloped the red planet and prevented sunlight from reaching its surface. (more...)
2018 fourth hottest year on record 2018 fourth hottest year on record
- February 11, 2019

It was also an expensive year for natural disasters. The obvious long-term trend of steady warming makes it easier to more accurately predict near future warming, NASA chief climate scientist Gavin Schmidt said . The conclusion reaffirms NASA's long-established finding that man-made emissions are driving climate change , which President Donald Trump and some senior administration officials frequently challenge. (more...)
AOC says being left off climate crisis committee not a snub AOC says being left off climate crisis committee not a snub
- February 08, 2019

However, many Democrats including a number of 2020 presidential hopefuls have expressed their support for a "Green New Deal". Here are 5 bold moves the Green New Deal and its accompanying FAQ calls for. The document, unveiled by rising political star Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey, marks the first formal attempt by lawmakers to define potential legislation to create big government-led investments in clean energy and infrastructure to transition the USA ... (more...)
Rover Team Beaming New Commands to Opportunity on Mars Rover Team Beaming New Commands to Opportunity on Mars
- February 01, 2019

NASA's Curiosity rover has taken its last selfie on the twisting ridge on Mars that has been the robotic explorer's home for more than a year, the U.S. Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012, was created to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. (more...)
Greenland's Ice Sheet Melt May Be Hitting a 'Tipping Point,' Scientists Say Greenland's Ice Sheet Melt May Be Hitting a 'Tipping Point,' Scientists Say
- January 25, 2019

Because it is superimposed on more steady and progressive global warming of the atmosphere. Those researchers said the data shows that Greenland's ice could be nearing a new tipping point where slight changes in temperatures can result in massive losses of ice, leading to coastal flooding around the world. (more...)
Twofer! Total lunar eclipse with supermoon bonus Twofer! Total lunar eclipse with supermoon bonus
- January 22, 2019

Earth's atmosphere. As sunlight passes through it, the small molecules that make up our atmosphere scatter blue light, which is why the sky appears blue. Watchers in North and South America, parts of Europe and western Africa, who were lucky enough to have clear skies, saw a total lunar eclipse - but eastern Africa and Asia observed a partial eclipse. (more...)
'Super blood wolf moon' eclipse to darken skies 'Super blood wolf moon' eclipse to darken skies
- January 19, 2019

This is known as the blood moon . This TLE will be a particularly special form of an eclipse - a Wolf Blood Super Moon . The beginning of the total eclipse phase starts at 11:41 pm ET, lasting 62 minutes. The Super Moon eclipse on September 28, 2015 as seen from Avon, Conn. The third and final supermoon of 2019 occurs in March. What's the best way to view the super blood wolf eclipse? "This attack was more than just one on the Moon , however, for the Mesopotamians linked what ... (more...)
NASA beaten by China to grow first plants on the Moon NASA beaten by China to grow first plants on the Moon
- January 16, 2019

China is to continue lunar exploration with its Chang'e-5 sample return in late 2019 and follow up with missions to the Moon's South Pole, namely Chang'e-6, 7 and 8, in the early 2020s. The greatest challenge according to Chinese scientists is the constant weather changes on the moon. Many have questioned whether the experiment is likely to contaminate the moon, however, experts believe this is unlikely also considering there are more than 100 bags of human waste on the Moon left behind ... (more...)
Repetitive Radio Burst From Distant Galaxy, Detected By Scientists in Okanagan Valley Repetitive Radio Burst From Distant Galaxy, Detected By Scientists in Okanagan Valley
- January 13, 2019

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs ) are very energetic, fleeting radio signals (they only last a few milliseconds), which are supposed to come from deep space . At distances of billions of light years it's obviously very hard to test any of these theories, but detecting more FRBs, especially those that have a habit of repeating , could bring us closer to an explanation. (more...)
Nasa shows first photo of distant world from New Horizons probe Nasa shows first photo of distant world from New Horizons probe
- January 05, 2019

Seeing MU69, then, is like peering into the solar system's past. Stern and other team members discussed early findings on Wednesday from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md ., where the spacecraft was designed and built and also is operated. (more...)
A Severe Winter Storm Is Already Affecting Flights After Christmas A Severe Winter Storm Is Already Affecting Flights After Christmas
- December 28, 2018

Temperatures are forecast to plunge as the storm progresses in the heavy snow area on north and west. The added moisture and "heat" will give at least half of the viewing area, including the metro, precipitation-type issues from moving from snow to rain. (more...)
Winter Arrives With A Full Moon And Meteors Winter Arrives With A Full Moon And Meteors
- December 22, 2018

It will officially begin at 5:23 p.m.in NY this year. In the astronomical calendar, the start and end dates are based on the changing position of the Earth in relation to the sun and the resulting solar events of equinoxes and solstice. On December 22 at 17:49 UTC, people will be able to see the last full moon of the year. The Geminid meteor shower occurs each December. The American Meteor Society says the Ursids should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere. (more...)
NASA says Saturn's rings are disappearing at 'alarming speed' NASA says Saturn's rings are disappearing at 'alarming speed'
- December 20, 2018

The rate at which the rings might waste away depends not only on how much material is still in the rings, but on other physical forces, Saturn's shifting seasons and the way in which ring material is replenished. NASA's Cassini mission made more detailed observations of ring rain, and that data indicates the rings could disappear in just 100 million years. (more...)
NASA's InSight robotic lander beams first 'selfie' from Mars back to Earth NASA's InSight robotic lander beams first 'selfie' from Mars back to Earth
- December 15, 2018

NASA's InSight spacecraft has only been on the surface of the Red Planet for a short while, and already it has shown off some cool photos and first ever facts about Mars . Then, the lander's robotic arm will grab the heat probe and seismometer and carefully place them on the Martian surface. The hollow where the spacecraft now sits is a depression made by a meteor impact that filled with sand later. (more...)
Virgin Galactic aims to reach space with tourism rocket Virgin Galactic aims to reach space with tourism rocket
- 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. "That's a very exciting position to be in, and I feel some sense of responsibility to have it be successful on their inaugural flight", Colwell said. (more...)
How did an eel get stuck up a seal's nose? How did an eel get stuck up a seal's nose?
- December 08, 2018

The phenomena could cause potential problems for the seals in terms of infections or even by affecting their ability to dive and feed on marine creatures. "They get stuck in there really snug, so you have to restrain the seal and give the eel a firm tug to get it out", said Littnan. Hawaiian monk seals forage by shoving their mouth and nose into the crevasses of coral reefs , under rocks, or into the sand, he said, in search of prey that like to hide, such as eels. (more...)
India’s carbon emissions projected to rise 6.3% this year India’s carbon emissions projected to rise 6.3% this year
- December 07, 2018

Even a 2C ceiling above pre-industrial levels may not be enough to avoid catastrophic impacts, the UN's climate science panel concluded in a landmark report in October. and decrease by 0.7 percent in the EU. Almost 200 nations are huddled at UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland until December 14. This year's growth in emissions has been attributed to the strong economic growth. (more...)
France considers state of emergency to prevent riots recurring France considers state of emergency to prevent riots recurring
- December 03, 2018

Speaking from the G20 meeting in Argentina, Macron said he would "never accept violence". Radical far-right and far-left activists were involved in the riots as well as a great number of "yellow vests", Paris police chief Michel Delpuech said on Sunday. (more...)
NASA Scientists Have Revealed The Inspiration Behind Their Viral Handshake NASA Scientists Have Revealed The Inspiration Behind Their Viral Handshake
- November 30, 2018

When InSight entered the atmosphere the lander itself will be protected by its heat shield. "The aim is to understand how Mars has formed , how it differentiated and how much is it different to our planet". InSight's primary instrument is a French-built seismometer, created to record the slightest vibrations from "marsquakes" and meteor impacts around the planet. (more...)
Trump on his government's climate warning: 'I don't believe it' Trump on his government's climate warning: 'I don't believe it'
- November 28, 2018

On Friday, a congressionally mandated government report said that climate change will cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, ranging across numerous sectors including health care and infrastructure . (more...)
U.S. spacecraft successfully touches down on Mars U.S. spacecraft successfully touches down on Mars
- November 27, 2018

NASA went with its old, straightforward approach this time, using a parachute and braking engines to get InSight's speed from 12,300 mph when it pierced the Martian atmosphere, about 77 miles up, to 5 mph at touchdown. "With that, we're actually doing atmospheric science as we're passing by Mars, and we'll be digging through that data as well", Klesh said. The stationary probe, launched in May from California, has paused for 16 minutes for the dust to settle, literally, around its ... (more...)
Mars InSight mission: What Nasa's trip to Red Planet aims to discover Mars InSight mission: What Nasa's trip to Red Planet aims to discover
- November 27, 2018

The satellite also shot back a quick photo from Mars' surface. The MarCO spacecraft hitched a ride with InSight. To successfully land, Insight must go from about about 12,300 miles per hour to 0 in around six minutes. After getting that radar signal, it will separate from the remaining shell and parachute , firing its descent engines known as retrorockets to help slow it down even more. (more...)
NASA announces landing site for Mars 2020 Rover NASA announces landing site for Mars 2020 Rover
- November 24, 2018

The technology used to land InSight is based on the Phoenix spacecraft, which touched down on the Red Planet in 2008. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate said, "The landing site in Jezero Crater offers geologically rich terrain, with landforms reaching as far back as 3.6 billion years old, that could potentially answer important questions in planetary evolution and astrobiology". (more...)
Frozen super-Earth exoplanet found in second closest star system Frozen super-Earth exoplanet found in second closest star system
- November 17, 2018

At almost six light-years away Barnard's star is the next closest star to the Sun after the Alpha Centauri triple system. An Unforgiving Environment Barnard's star is a cool, low-mass red dwarf estimated to be at least twice as old as our Sun, with some calculations putting it at 12 billion years old. (more...)
Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis sell for over $1.3 million at auction Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis sell for over $1.3 million at auction
- November 11, 2018

The dissertation was expected to sell for up to £150,000 but the buyer eventually bid £584,750 to secure it. Hawking's motorised wheelchair sold for £296,750, as did the set of seven awards, including the Albert Einstein award for achievement in natural sciences. (more...)
Northern Irish Kingmakers Tell PM May: Don't Betray the UK Northern Irish Kingmakers Tell PM May: Don't Betray the UK
- November 11, 2018

When commenting on the prime minister's letter, he said that it showed that the United Kingdom was not delivering on its promises to Northern Ireland and that a range of concerns had emerged. May will meet Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel this morning before heading to France where she will meet President Emmanuel Macron, who is one of EU's the most hardline leaders when it comes to Brexit. (more...)
Interstellar object 'Oumuamua' could be an alien probe, claims Harvard study Interstellar object 'Oumuamua' could be an alien probe, claims Harvard study
- November 10, 2018

Scientists first discovered the mysterious interstellar object now known as "Oumuamua" in late 2017 when it was spotted by thePan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. Comets, in particular, are known to speed-up due to a process known as "outgassing", in which the sun heats up the surface of the icy comet, releasing melted gas. (more...)
Far right Jair Bolsonaro elected Brazil president Far right Jair Bolsonaro elected Brazil president
- October 31, 2018

Thousands of Bolsonaro supporters cheered and set off fireworks outside his home in Rio de Janeiro's Barra de Tijuca beachfront neighbourhood as his victory was announced. While French leftists say Mr Bolsonaro's election win is a body blow for democracy, the French far-right sees his win as a victory for nationalists all around the world. (more...)
Atlantic Hurricane Oscar moving westward: NHC Atlantic Hurricane Oscar moving westward: NHC
- October 30, 2018

Tropical Storm Oscar became Hurricane Oscar, officials with the National Hurricane Center said on October 28. As of 10 p.m., the National Hurricane Center said Oscar was centered some 660 miles southeast of Bermuda and 645 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and moving west at 16 mph. (more...)
FEMA focusing on search and rescue after Michael passes through FEMA focusing on search and rescue after Michael passes through
- October 14, 2018

By 8am on Thursday it had been downgraded to a tropical storm with 85km/h (50mph) winds as it pushed through Georgia into the Carolinas, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said. TWO DAYS AFTER. People stand in line at a supermarket in Port Saint Joe, Florida, on October 12, 2018. At least 34 dead in Uganda landslide KAMPALA At least 34 people were killed after a river in eastern Uganda burst its banks, sending thick sludge and rocks barrelling into homes, disaster officials said on Friday. (more...)
Astronauts make emergency landing after Soyuz rocket failure Astronauts make emergency landing after Soyuz rocket failure
- October 13, 2018

Two Russian and American astronauts had a lucky escape Thursday after the Russian Soyuz rocket that was meant to take them to the International Space Station suffered a malfunction after lift-off, sending their crew capsule hurtling back to earth. (more...)
Hurricane Michael Ravaged Mexico Beach Hurricane Michael Ravaged Mexico Beach
- October 13, 2018

A little more and he would have reached the most destructive of the 5th category, which is called catastrophic. "All of my furniture was floating", said Marquardt, 67. Hundreds of cars had broken windows, many turned askew by the wind. The hurricane also damaged hospitals and nursing homes in the Panama City area, and officials worked to evacuate hundreds of patients. (more...)
Earth will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold by 2030 Earth will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold by 2030
- October 12, 2018

The report summary said renewable energy would need to supply 70 per cent to 85 per cent of electricity by 2050 to stay within a 1.5C limit, compared with about 25 per cent now. Also in Geneva, a United Nations rights expert warned that failing to do more to address climate change risked "locking in decades" of grave violations. (more...)
Tropical Storm Michael brings warnings, heavy winds, rain, flooding to the Carolinas Tropical Storm Michael brings warnings, heavy winds, rain, flooding to the Carolinas
- October 12, 2018

The AP claimed that the storm was "likely to fire up the debate over global warming" because "scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires". He was briefed by FEMA's Long in the Oval Office on preparations. More than 900,000 homes and businesses are still without power in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. (more...)
Hurricane Michael Decimates Florida Panhandle, Kills at Least One Hurricane Michael Decimates Florida Panhandle, Kills at Least One
- October 11, 2018

Just two hurricanes have ever hit the US with barometric pressure readings in the eye - a key metric of a storm's effects - lower than the 919 millibars of Michael . "You can not hide from storm surge, so get out if an evacuation is ordered". Hurricane Michael could push the red tide inland and expose more of Florida's population to the problem, Bloomberg reported . (more...)
Storm Michael to slam Florida as hurricane Storm Michael to slam Florida as hurricane
- October 11, 2018

Right now, the National Hurricane Center predicts a landfall along the Florida panhandle on Wednesday. The storm became a category 1 hurricane on Monday, and could be a category 2 or 3 storm by the time it hits Florida. Michael's potential of more than 6' of water in some of these areas is the reasoning behind the National Weather Service's storm surge warning and subsequent evacuations of low-lying areas of northern Florida. (more...)
Michael charges into Southeast after slamming north Florida, at least 1 dead
- October 11, 2018

Michael is moving across southwestern Georgia with damaging winds across the central and eastern Panhandle of Florida as well as southwestern and south-central Georgia, with storm flooding still occurring along the Gulf Coast, the NHC said. (more...)
Hurricane Michael expected to rapidly intensify; Tropical Storm Watch for Mississippi Hurricane Michael expected to rapidly intensify; Tropical Storm Watch for Mississippi
- October 10, 2018

Anticipated landfall is expected Wednesday on the northeast Gulf Coast, where authorities warned of a potentially devastating strike. "If you decide to stay in your home and a tree falls on your house or the storm surge catches you and you're now calling for help, there's no one that can respond to help you", Morgan said at a news conference. (more...)
SpaceX launches Argentine satellite, posts first ground-landing on West Coast SpaceX launches Argentine satellite, posts first ground-landing on West Coast
- October 09, 2018

A Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base tonight (Oct. 7) at 10:21 p.m. EDT (7:21 p.m. local time; 0221 GMT on October 8), successfully delivering Argentina's SAOCOM-1A Earth-observation satellite to orbit. (more...)
Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system? Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system?
- October 07, 2018

Researchers have found evidence of what may be a moon outside of our solar system. "The first exomoon is obviously an extraordinary claim and it requires extraordinary evidence", said David Kipping , an astronomer at Columbia University in NY who has spent more than a decade hunting for far-flung moons. (more...)

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