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Turn off the Furnace! NYC Youth Join Global Climate Protest

Turn off the Furnace! NYC Youth Join Global Climate Protest Right from NY to New Delhi, and Cape Town to Seoul, students were out on the streets calling for more action to mitigate climate change. Students from more than 70 countries will skip class on Friday, March 15 to demand that their governments take more action on addressing climate change, according to #FridaysForFuture , a youth-led movement that is behind the strike. [Full Article...]

SpaceX's Dragon Crew Capsule Successfully Launches for ISS

SpaceX's Dragon Crew Capsule Successfully Launches for ISS Instead of an actual human, the Crew Dragon carried a lifelike anthropomorphic test "device" lovingly called Ripley that had sensors to help determine the potential effects of the trip on actual humans. Applause broke out at SpaceX's control centre in Hawthorne, California, as Crew Dragon , and its "astronaut dummy" Ripley, secured itself to the station with a set of hooks and latches. [Full Article...]

India dominates list of world's most polluted cities

India dominates list of world's most polluted cities A staggering 64 per cent exceeded the World Health Organisation's guideline for annual exposure to fine particulate matter, or PM2.5. Greenpeace released the latest air pollution data today with a warning that seven million people will die around the world over the next year because of air pollution. [Full Article...]

NASA Tracks SpaceX's Crew Dragon Before Docking at ISS

NASA Tracks SpaceX's Crew Dragon Before Docking at ISS SpaceX's Crew Dragon is successfully docked with the International Space Station! This latest, flashiest Dragon is on a fast track to reach the space station Sunday morning, just 27 hours after liftoff . Tourists flocked to the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida to watch the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket at 2.49am local time on Saturday. "Congratulations to all of the teams on a successful do... [Full Article...]

World's biggest bee rediscovered in Indonesia

World's biggest bee rediscovered in Indonesia However, in January, a search team found the bee in the Indonesian islands known as the North Moluccas. The goliath is four times bigger than a European honeybee and unlike its cousin, the solitary creature does not live in a nest with hundreds of other bees. [Full Article...]

This is what the weather will be for tonight's supermoon extravaganza

This is what the weather will be for tonight's supermoon extravaganza On the heels of China's first foray into the "dark" side of the Moon, SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries has announced that it will be launching the first private spacecraft to land on the Earth's satellite. Cloud cover should be sparse enough across Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Monday evening and night to allow us to see the supermoon . Some other tribes called it a "hunger" moon ... [Full Article...]

Monday Night Will Be Brightest Supermoon of Year

Monday Night Will Be Brightest Supermoon of Year The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is 382,500km. While it won't be at its fullest, you can catch the jaw-dropping sights starting on Sunday, February 17. The farthest point of the ellipse is called the apogee. The next bright supermoon will happen December of 2026. And it'll be officially full at 10.53am EST according to NASA's Skycal . [Full Article...]

NASA Rover Finally Bites The Dust On Mars After 15 Years

NASA Rover Finally Bites The Dust On Mars After 15 Years Opportunity exemplified this mobility, travelling over 45km across the Martian surface. Opportunity found hematite at its landing site: little round things all over the ground that looked like blueberries . "Science is an emotional affair, it's a team sport, and that's what we're celebrating today", he said. The MER mission also changed the way scientists thought about solar system explora... [Full Article...]

Earth's Magnetic North Pole Is Rapidly Moving Toward Siberia

Earth's Magnetic North Pole Is Rapidly Moving Toward Siberia Given that most compasses in use for navigation are now digital or are part of digital systems, software updates can easily remedy the situation. It is also used by smartphone providers for Global Positioning System, maps and compass apps. For this reason, the recently announced update to the World Magnetic Model, the mathematical foundation for navigation which allows magnetic north to be preci... [Full Article...]

Hubble fortuitously discovers a new galaxy in the cosmic neighbourhood

Hubble fortuitously discovers a new galaxy in the cosmic neighbourhood Bedin 1 is classified as a "dwarf spheroidal galaxy " because of its relatively small size. In contradistinction to the Milky Way , which is a kind of spiral star system, Bedin 1 is roughly spherical - what astronomers call a dwarf spheroidal star system. [Full Article...]

75 percent of the U.S. will suffer below-freezing temps this week

75 percent of the U.S. will suffer below-freezing temps this week With a polar vortex hitting the Midwest, wind chills could dip to 55 degrees below zero in northern IL. The warning states: "A band of rain will arrive across Wales, northern and western England through the middle of Tuesday , then move eastwards through Tuesday afternoon and evening". [Full Article...]

What Is the Meaning Behind the January Full Wolf Super Blood Moon?

What Is the Meaning Behind the January Full Wolf Super Blood Moon? The total phase of the eclipse will be visible from the Western Hemisphere, Europe and the western part of Africa, as well as from northern Russian Federation. Three elements make a " super blood wolf moon ", but the part that makes it so rare it happens only three times this century is the least impressive. [Full Article...]

Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night That can only happen when the moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun. The Earth blocks sunlight from reaching the Moon , which causes the Moon to glow red as the only light reflected from the lunar surface is refracted by the Earth's atmosphere. [Full Article...]

NASA’s planet-hunter TESS makes first discoveries

NASA’s planet-hunter TESS makes first discoveries The latest exoplanet on the list is HD 21749b, which orbits a star that's about 80 percent as massive as our sun , located about 53 light-years away in the southern constellation Reticulum. They have also submitted their discovery paper to Astrophysical Journal Letters . Dragomir said: "It has the coolest surface temperature of a transiting exoplanet around a star brighter than 10th magn... [Full Article...]

Theresa May steps up no-deal plans as Parliament returns

Theresa May steps up no-deal plans as Parliament returns Twenty Conservative MPs rebelled against the government and their own party, including former cabinet ministers Michael Fallon, Justine Greening, Dominic Grieve, Ken Clarke and Oliver Letwin. Mrs May has said the United Kingdom will be in "uncharted territory" if the agreement is rejected and this could put Brexit at risk - although she has not ruled out asking MPs to vote a few times. [Full Article...]

China lands first spacecraft on far side of moon

China lands first spacecraft on far side of moon For one thing, China's effort was the world's first mission to the surface of the moon's far side (which, as it turns out, isn't actually all that dark ) and therefore posed unique technical challenges. While China's space program still lags America's, He said "China has already positioned itself at least as good as Russian Federation and the European Union". [Full Article...]

Most distant celestial object explored looks like snowman

Most distant celestial object explored looks like snowman Behold, 2014 MU69, the Cosmic Snowman! That means that Ultima Thule is likely an object that dates back to the formation of the solar system, as scientists suspects prior to the flyby . The improved resolution also draws attention to the object's "neck", where the two lobes are connected. The larger lobe is the "bottom" sphere and the smaller lobe is the "upper" sphere. [Full Article...]

Saturn's rings disappearing at 'worst-case-scenario' rate

Saturn's rings disappearing at 'worst-case-scenario' rate The rings are being absorbed into Saturn by gravity as a sooty rain of ice particles underneath the impact of Saturn's magnetic field. Every half hour, enough water is drained from the rings to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, O'Donoghue said in a NASA press release . [Full Article...]

Comet zooming by Earth will be visible this weekend

Comet zooming by Earth will be visible this weekend Its closest passage by the Earth will be on Sunday, when it will be 7.2 million miles from the planet. What it does mean is you will be able to catch a glimpse with the naked eye, especially on December 16th, so long as light pollution doesn't block out the view. [Full Article...]

A Lander Is Headed to The Far Side of The Moon

A Lander Is Headed to The Far Side of The Moon The craft also carry three cameras and a mini biosphere for a first-ever test of photosynthesis and respiration in the low-gravity lunar environment. Once on the moon's surface, the rover faces an array of extreme challenges. China is also aiming to have a fully operational permanent space station by 2022, as the future of the International Space Station remains in doubt due to uncertain fundi... [Full Article...]


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