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Japan probe arrives at asteroid after almost four-year space odyssey


A number of large craters can be seen, which Project Manager Yuichi Tsuda said in an online post makes the selection of landing points "both interesting and hard". It also said it is equipped with three miniature rovers which can roam the surface of the asteroid and conduct close-up probes. According to the agency, the 600-kg Hayabusa2, which was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan in December 2014, has experienced no problems throughout its journey totaling ... Read More »

Coldest temperature on Earth recorded in Antarctica


A negative 100 degrees Celsius is also likely to be the lowest possible temperature that Earth can naturally reach, says a release by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). However, the new results suggest that the air at the location was very dry, with water vapor trapping the heat in the air. Such freezing temperatures occur in tiny pockets on the ice, the satellite readings show, up to 3 metres (or 9.8 feet) deep. Read More »

Full 'Strawberry Moon' Tonight -- But Don't Expect it to be Red


This is due to it having reached it's farthest distance away in its orbit. On such occasions, the moon appears bigger than it actually is. It only happens once in a blue moon, and it's happening Friday night. Tonight, the moon and Saturn will be separated by about 2.5 degrees. The moon will be at its fullest (99.7% full) the following morning at 1:08 a.m. Read More »

Blood moon is coming

Faherty tells us the next lunar eclipse that will be visible for NYC will be January 21st, 2019. The fears hinge around a line in the Book of Joel 2:30-31 that says: 'And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth , blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke'. Read More »

Strawberry Moon 2018: How to See the Full Strawberry Moon This June


Rather than turning red, the moon will take a slightly reddish tint and loom very large in the night sky after rising at 8:24 p.m. PST, astronomer Michael Allen said. AccuWeather reports Saturn will hit opposition around 9 a.m. Wednesday, and that it should be viewable to the "unaided eye all night long" as it rises in the East and sets in the West. Read More »

Curiosity snaps photos of thickening haze as Martian dust storm goes global


The storm was first detected on May 30. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has captured stunning photos of a sunlight-blocking haze as it thickens during the ongoing dust storm. Curiosity's engineers say that the storm poses little risk to the mission's operations and should not affect the rover's instruments. The camera has to take longer exposures when it takes photos. Read More »

Cleanup of oil from derailment in Iowa begins


Tanker cars from a freight train carrying crude oil are shown after a derailment along the Rock River south of Doon, Iowa, this June 22, 2018 handout still image taken from aerial drone video. The river rose rapidly Wednesday after 5 to 7 inches (13 to 18 centimetres) of rain fell Wednesday and a further downpour on Thursday. Railroad crews have also built a 1/8 mile gravel road out to the cars to clean up the mess. Read More »

NASA's Curiosity rover captures photos of Mars dust storm


Opportunity , in its 15th year of exploration, is the oldest operating rover on Mars. "Those storms totally obscured the planet's surface, save for the peaks of Mars' tallest volcanoes", NASA said in an update Wednesday. But it's nearly Martian summer at Opportunity's location, and temperatures are not expected to dip below the danger level, NASA officials have said. Simulated views of a darkening Martian sky blotting out the sun from the Opportunity rover's point of view, with the right ... Read More »

NASA releases national strategy to defend Earth from asteroid attack


The 20-page document, titled "National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan " aims to organise and coordinate efforts related to the NEO efforts within the federal government during the next 10 years to ensure that the nation can more effectively respond in case of such an event, which has a low-probability but can bring very high-consequence natural disasters. Read More »

Over 400 events expected on second Clean Air Day


The two pollutants causing most concern in Birmingham are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine airborne particulate matter (PM2.5). The report on the new study - due next year - will provide practical recommendations to Government on what can be done to reduce indoor air pollution, focusing on adjusting ventilation, filtering air, and controlling indoor sources of pollution, all of which could reduce health risks by between 20-44%. Read More »

Outdoor air pollution killed 4.2mn people in 2016, says United Nations


The two pollutants causing most concern in Birmingham are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine airborne particulate matter (PM2.5). Messages promoting Clean Air Day have also been displayed on all major routes into Aylesbury town centre on the electronic road signs with a message highlighting what action motorists can take to improve air quality on the day itself, such as turning your vehicle engine off when in traffic. Read More »

Air Force certifies Falcon Heavy, orders satellite launch for 2020

The certification happened on June 21, while Falcon Heavy's second flight with the Air Force's Space Test Program Flight 2 was scheduled in October. The Falcon Heavy rocket can hit all of the Department of Defense's nine reference orbits. The rocket can lift as much as 141,000 pounds of cargoes. Now, it seems clear that the Air Force was comfortable with data from the test flight in February and the more-than 50 flights of the Falcon 9 rocket that forms the three cores of each Falcon Heavy ... Read More »

Rex could not stick out his tongue, new research shows


As a result, in most of the cases, including that of T. Rex , the tongue was rooted to the bottom of the dinosaur's mouth and almost immobile, much like how we see in the case of modern-day crocodilians. 'They've been reconstructed the wrong way for a long time, ' Professor Clarke said. Most dinosaurs didn't have very long tongues, to begin with. Meanwhile, the presumably less-mobile tongues of dinosaurs could have served them well in feeding strategies like those used by crocodilians - ... Read More »

500-million-year-old sea creature named after President Obama


Researchers say they named the creature after Obama to honor his passion for science . The second part of the name is a reference to Jane Fargher, one of the owners of the property where the experts discovered the fossils. The iconic Dickinsonia - large flat animals with a quilt-like appearance - were joined by tube-shaped organisms, frond-like creatures that looked more like plants, and several dozen other varieties already characterized by scientists. Read More »

Volvo to use 25 per cent recycled plastics from 2025


At least 25 percent of the plastics used in new Volvo auto models from 2025 will be from recycled materials , the Chinese-owned company said on Monday in an anti-pollution plan praised by the United Nations. In a bid to "demonstrate the viability of this ambition", the Swedish automaker revealed a version of its XC60 that has had several of its plastic components replaced with equivalents containing recycled materials. Read More »

150000 homes at risk from climate change flooding


Florida has the most to lose, according to the research . And it's not because of the increased risk of hurricanes or storm surge . The report was published by the Union of Concerned Scientists , a climate change advocacy group. Homes could decrease in value and financially hit the property taxes coming into city and county governments. If nations adhere to the primary goal of the Paris Agreement-capping warming to below 2 degrees Celsius-and there is limited loss of land-based ... Read More »

Humidex values, expected to hit 40, prompt heat warning


Counties surrounding Middlesex, including Lambton, Elgin, Oxford and Huron are also under an alert. The weather agency says a warm and humid air mass is expected to move into Southern Ontario with temperatures near 31 degrees and lows around 20 degrees tonight. Read More »

Ferry Sunk For Delaware Artificial Reef


The vessel's sinking was carried out by Norfolk, Virginia-based marine contractor Coleen Marine, which bought the ferry from the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) a year ago for the objective of reefing. Tinsman witnessed the sinking and also make sure that the Twin Capes should be at the precise location as it was planned before. The ferry joins a decommissioned destroyer and a one-time harbor tug intentionally sunk off regional coastlines. Read More »

Antarctica lost three trillion tonnes of ice in blink of an eye

Results of the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise ( IMBIE ) were published Wednesday in the journal Nature . According to the authors of the study, until 2012, reducing the amount of ice in Antarctica has remained at the level of 76 billion tons per year, but since then, this figure increased to 219 billion tons per year. Read More »

World's oldest orangutan Puan dies at Western Australia zoo


Hart wrote . Puan was given to Perth zoo in 1968 and is believed to have been born in Sumatra 1956. Puan was put down at Perth Zoo after developing age-related complications. Zookeeper Martina Hart, who had worked with Puan for 18 years, wrote a heartfelt obituary after her death. "She demanded respect and she got respect". Read More »

Scientists watch as supermassive black hole rips apart a star


It could also offer an insight into what actually happens in the vicinity of a black hole. Arp 299 is a pair of colliding galaxies, and inside one of them is a black hole that is swallowing a star . A diagram, not to scale, showing the components of the TDE observed in Arp299B. Image credit: Mattila & Perez-Torres et al / Bill Saxton / NRAO / AUI / NSF . Read More »

Over 300000 US coastal homes at risk of flooding by 2045


The report estimates almost 175 communities could expect to see 10 percent or more of their homes at risk of chronic flooding by 2045, with almost 60 of those communities experiencing poverty levels above the national average. "About 280,000 people are estimated to live in these homes today; in this time frame many will need to either adapt to regular floods or relocate". According to the report, a "rapid decrease in carbon emissions and slower melting of land-based ice" could reduce the ... Read More »

Plant That Causes Third-Degree Burns, Blindness Found In Virginia


According to the DEC, the toxic plant grows in New York , Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Michigan , Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Touching giant hogweed can also make you sensitive to sunlight and cause blindness if sap gets into a person's eye. "The phototoxic reaction can begin as soon as 15 minutes after contact, with sensitivity peak between 30 minutes and two hours after contact". Read More »

Hot stuff brings heat warning

The cause for the heat is a warm front that is expected to bring a southwesterly flow of hot and humid air over Southern Ontario. Environment Canada says a cold front will cross southern Ontario Monday night, which is expected to end the heat wave - including in the London area - that's hung over the region for several days. Read More »

Heat warning issued ahead of hot forecast

A heat warning has been issued for London and Middlesex County. Monday's high temperature is expected to be around 33 C. The weather agency said humidity levels will continue to plague the region with peak humidex levels reaching 40 C. Environment Canada is reminding everyone that extreme heat can have a particularly negative impact on young children, the elderly, pregnant women, people suffering from chronic conditions and those who must work outdoors for long periods of time. Read More »

Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years next month

For much of that night it will be visible to the naked eye. Nasa added: 'During opposition, Mars and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth. The unusual event is due to a phenomenon known as perihelic opposition, in which the orbits of Earth and Mars align, bringing the two planets closer together. Read More »

NASA's record-breaking spacewoman retires as astronaut - 6/15/2018 11:21:05 AM


She also claimed the title for most spacewalks by a woman - 10 spacewalks totaling 60 hours and 21 minutes - and set the record for most time spent in space by a USA astronaut at 665 days - the equivalent of a round trip to Mars. But, not before shattering several records during her 22-year career. After her work with the space agency, she was admitted into the astronaut corps program in 1996. Read More »