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Microplastics found in snow from Alps to Arctic

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Microplastics are airborne and can be transported through the atmosphere. "It's readily apparent that the majority of the microplastic in the snow comes from the air", says Melanie Bergmann. Near the rural road in Bavaria, the samples especially contained various types of rubber, which is used in countless applications, such as automotive tyres. Read More »

Jupiter's Strange Core May Have Been Forged by a Colossal Head-On Crash

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Planetary scientists have estimated that at some time in the extremely distant past that a planetary embryo collided with Jupiter's core, disrupting its development process. "This is puzzling", said Rice astronomer and study co-author Andrea Isella . "It sounded very unlikely to me", Isella explained. "But Shang-FEI convinced me carrying out calculations, which indicated that it's not so incredible", she said. Read More »

Climate activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for NYC

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Al Jazeera's Sonia Gallego reports from Plymouth, where Thunberg began her transatlantic journey. The voyage will take about a fortnight, a daunting prospect for someone who has never sailed before this week, but Thunberg said she was willing to accept a bit of seasickness and a lack of comfort. Read More »

Perseid meteor shower set to peak tonight

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Now, because Earth is orbiting the sun at a speedy 108,000 km/h it plows into the debris which in turn burns up in our atmosphere, producing the lovely meteors we see. Then, NASA notes, the moon will set after 3 am, leaving dark skies to illuminate more meteors. The shower happens every year as the earth moves through the trail of a melting comet. Read More »

Chandrayaan-2 Successfully Enters Lunar Transfer Trajectory: ISRO

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By this manoeuvre, the Chandrayaan-2 will leave the earth and move towards the moon. "With this, Chandrayaan-2 entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory", ISRO said in a statement. Sivan had said that the spacecraft was "doing very well" at present and all its systems were functioning properly. Chandrayaan 2 will have to slow itself down just enough using its thrusters to fall into the moon's reach - gravitationally speaking. Read More »

Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole Emitted A Mysterious Flash

Black holes themselves don't emit any radiation that can be detected by our current instruments, but the stuff nearby does when the black hole's gravitational forces generate vast friction, in turn producing radiation. When asked about the possible time frame during which the fluctuation occurred, Do had a rather interesting reply. The team of scientists observed the galactic centre for four nights this year using an infrared camera on the Keck II Telescope. Read More »

Chandrayaan-2: ISRO Spacecraft to Reach Moon's Orbit on August 20

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India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle launched Chandrayaan-2 in July. "On August 20, we will be reaching the moon". The mission's lander is named for Vikram Sarabhai, considered the father of India's space agency and an important figure in the development modern science, physical research and atomic energy. Read More »

Viewing Tips for Peak of Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight

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It is called the Perseids because the meteors seem to originate from the constellation of Perseus. If you'd like to take a closer look at the Perseids, or any of the other wonderful and unbelievable things in the sky, please visit csastro.org for a link to information on our monthly meetings and our free public star parties. Read More »

Asteroid Came Closer to the Earth than the Moon!!

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At this distance, it can be classified as a near-Earth asteroid . Despite the certainty of an asteroid impact, Remy believes that Earth is not in danger of getting hit by planet-killer space rocks or those that are more than a kilometer in length. Read More »

Perseids meteor shower to peak Monday night with stunning FIREBALL displays

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The meteors are caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. It is called Perseids because of direction they appear to hail - the radiant - from is in the constellation Perseus. The bad news - you're going to have to forfeit precious sleep to see it at its peak. The moon will set at 5:05 a.m. Tuesday morning and the sun will rise at 6:37 a.m. Read More »

How Eating Less Meat Could Help Protect the Planet From Climate Change

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Thanks to the emergency declarations this year and sustained local advocacy on the ground in the wake of them, these measures are already underway in a number of local municipalities. On the ground, climate change is hitting us where it counts: the stomach - not to mention the forests, plants and animals. Deforestation , agriculture, and other land use are already responsible for 23 percent of the rise in human-caused greenhouse gases, and agriculture is responsible for 44 percent of methane ... Read More »

Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak Aug. 11-13

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To enjoy it, all you have to do is look up at the night sky. "But the Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs, so it will still be worth going out in the early morning to catch some of nature's fireworks", NASA says . Perseids are typically fast and bright, and they occasionally leave persistent trains. In all of my years of watching the Perseids, two especially bright showers still stand out: one in 1969 and another in 1974, both of which attained a head-turning magnitude ... Read More »

New Hubble portrait captures the intricate beauty of Jupiter's cloud surface

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Unlike Earth's solar-powered atmosphere, Jupiter's chaotic weather system is driven from blistering temperatures from within its gaseous core, churning a brilliant swirl of colorful gasses on the planet's surface. "Astronomers don't have definitive answers, for example, why cloud bands and storms change colours or why storms shrink in size". The bands in the clouds of Jupiter are created by air flowing in opposite directions at various latitudes. Read More »

El Nino is over, NOAA says

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After a timid start to the Atlantic hurricane season , forecasters are advising that conditions have changed to allow for "above-normal" activity as the peak months of the season have arrived. The agency now says an above-normal season is more likely. The latter will include two to four major hurricanes with winds of 111 miles per hour (178 km/h) or higher. Read More »

Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12th

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Count for yourself at the main parking lot at Wildwood State Park . Join us for a late night of watching the Perseid Meteor Shower from 10 p.m.to 1 a.m., Monday, Aug. " Meteor videos recorded by the NASA All Sky Fireball Network are also available each morning; to identify Perseids in these videos, look for events labeled 'PER, '" said NASA. Read More »

SpaceX to launch a rare expendable mission on Tuesday evening

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Spacecom famously lost a satellite, Amos-6, during a Falcon 9 explosion days before a planned launch in 2016. The AMOS-17 is an advanced high-throughput Satellite that will provide increased internet connectivity to Africa. During the next weeks, Amos-17 will begin its testing processes in orbit. "A great day for Falcon 9 and the Amos-17 customer", launch commentator John Insprucker said . Read More »

US rocket launches military communication satellite

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Thursday's successful launch followed a rare spate of technical delays with the venture's flagship rocket. AEHF also provides satellite communications to Canada, Britain, the Netherlands and Australia. In addition to the five AJ-60A solid rocket motors that helped lift the Atlas V off the launch pad, Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the RL10C-1 rocket engine that provided 22,900 lbs. Read More »

Meet the giant parrots that lived 19 million years ago

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Researchers have named it Heracles inexpectatus in honor of its Herculean size and strength. Given its size, the parrot is believed to have been flightless and carnivorous, unlike most birds today. At an estimated 15 pounds (7 kilograms), the now-extinct bird beats out all the other parrot competitors, at almost double the weight of the endangered kakapo, New Zealand's reigning giant parrot. Read More »

Two Meteor Showers Will Brighten the Skies on Monday

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Murray thinks the elevated amount of fireballs is because of Earth shifting through the middle of the debris field of Comet Swift-Tuttle, where the density of rubble is bigger. The new moon occurred on the night of July 31, so it will be steadily brightening as we head to the peak night of the Perseids. And be sure to put away that phone, as its light makes it harder for your eyes to adjust to the darkness, which can take 30 minutes or longer. Read More »

New, Exciting 'Hot Earth' Discovered by NASA's Exoplanet Searcher TESS

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Luckily, with NASA's planet-hunting satellite Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, you can keep up to date with what's going on. Astronomers from the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and the University of La Laguna, both in Spain, said that this planet is located in the Gj 357 system to the journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics. Read More »

Amazon announces plans for 68 MW of additional renewables

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Ireland's Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton said: "Under the Climate Action Plan, we are committing that 70% of Ireland's electricity will come from renewable sources by 2030. More than half of the 7,000 megawatts (MW) of installed commercial solar capacity in the US has been installed since 2016, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Read More »

Largest scale 3D map reveals Milky Way warped, twisted, not flat

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Over the last 50 years, scientists have determined that the Milky Way is not flat like they once thought, but curves at the edges. "And numerous stars you see are in the Galactic disk - what we are studying in this work". "Warping may have been caused by the past interactions with satellite galaxies, interactions with intergalactic gas, or dark matter", he said. At our location, for example, the galactic disk is about 500 light-years thick, but at the outer edges it's as much as 3000 ... Read More »

Scientists just discovered a planet shaped like a football

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But new insights about the planet are leaving astronomers scratching their heads. "This presents an opportunity to observe and understand some very interesting physics". The unimaginable heat is so intense that it's led elements like magnesium and iron to be completely vaporized, streaming into space because the star blasts the planet with huge pressure. Read More »

Just Discovered Planet Can Be Habitable

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Plus, it's one of the closest of the 45 exoplanets confirmed to date, a mere 31 light-years away. Most importantly, these planets are near the size of Earth and located in their solar system's habitable, or "goldilocks" zone, which can support liquid water, one of the necessary ingredients for life. Read More »

Universal Officially Announces New Theme Park, Hotels, and More

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Universal's Epic Universe will offer an entirely new level of experience that will forever change theme park entertainment. Those same inside sources claim that Universal has tentative plans for a lot more Nintendo-related attractions at their new park, but they want to see how the initial reaction to Super Nintendo World is in Japan and Florida. Read More »

Hawaii braces for category three Hurricane Erick

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Hurricane Erick is now spinning in the central Pacific, approximately 1110 miles to the south-east of Hilo, Hawaii . The all-hazard Outdoor Siren Warning System for Public Safety is one part of the state's alert and warning system to notify the public during emergencies. Read More »

Holiday Inn owner to ditch mini shampoo bottles

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It's part of efforts to reduce plastic waste at the company - whose brands include InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels. The company said it uses about 200 million travel-sized amenities in its hotels each year. Richard Clarke, an analyst at research company Bernstein, said: "Rather than reacting to customer outcry over straws, IHG are trying to be proactive and say that they can use this as a differentiator if they can get ahead on it". Read More »

Rare Black Moon July 2019

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We normally talk about supermoons when they happen along with the full moon, which can make for a lunar spectacle that appears a little larger in the sky than normal. A new moon in the night sky. If you remember your moon phases , you know a new moon occurs when the sun's light falls on the far side of the moon we don't see. Read More »

Scientists stunned by "city-killer" asteroid that just missed Earth

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Asteroid 2019 OK came hurtling toward Earth at a speed of almost 15 miles a second, before flying past. Although 45,000 miles may seem like a long distance, it is 0.2 lunar distance, the distance between Earth and the Moon, and the event underscores the need for global cooperation in tracking and, as necessary, deflecting or destroying potentially harmful objects in the vicinity of the Earth. Read More »