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State of concern: All of NSW feeling effects of drought

State of concern: All of NSW feeling effects of drought The new rules will increase culling quotas and more shooters to operate under a single license, a government press release states. The drought may be Australia's worst in 400 years, according to a recent University of Melbourne study, which reconstructed 800 years of seasonal patterns. [Full Article...]

Indonesia's Lombok hit by another strong quake

Indonesia's Lombok hit by another strong quake The numbers have increased as reports came in from areas isolated by the 6.9 magnitude quake, which struck off the waters of the northern part of Lombok island. More than 120 people died in Kayangan as a result of the quake, according to the state-run Antara news agency. Some villages have collapsed entirely. [Full Article...]

How to see Perseids meteor shower and when to get best view

While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet. Although the shower peaks on August 12, you'll be able to see a good deal of shooting stars all weekend and into Monday. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show. [Full Article...]

Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend A meteorite is any part of the meteoroid that survives and lands on Earth. Boyle says the meteors, which are shooting starts are the size of a grain of sand and some of the bigger stars can generate fireballs that light up the sky and ground. [Full Article...]

Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend - here’s how to watch

In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight . The Perseids as seen from the International Space Station. The ideal time for meteor-spotting is when the sky is at its darkest; between 1am and the onset of dawn twilight. [Full Article...]

NASA spacecraft set to "touch" the sun launches this Saturday

NASA spacecraft set to To hit the solar surface, a probe should accelerate to the same orbital velocity of the Earth around the Sun with 30 kilometers per second in the opposite direction, but the current rocket technology can only cover a third of that speed. To survive temperatures of around 2,511 degrees Fahrenheit, the probe is fitted with a 4.5-inch thick, 8-foot diameter carbon shield, which keep the on-board inst... [Full Article...]

Subtropical Storm Debby forms far out over the Atlantic

Subtropical Storm Debby forms far out over the Atlantic Forecasters say tropical-storm-force winds could affect the Big Island Tuesday night and Wednesday. Swells from Hector will produce surf heights from 12 to 15 feet on east-facing shores mainly for the Puna and Kau districts of the Big Island Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. [Full Article...]

Perseid Meteor Shower to put on show over South Florida

The annual Perseid meteor shower is coming this weekend. On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and still plenty vivid. [Full Article...]

Heat warning issued for Orillia and area

Heat warning issued for Orillia and area Daytime highs of 32c or higher are expected on Monday, with humidex values reaching the low forties. High temperatures mean big health risk for young children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with chronic diseases and those who work outdoors. [Full Article...]

Brown dwarf or massive exoplanet detected with powerful magnetic field

Brown dwarf or massive exoplanet detected with powerful magnetic field It also has a surface temperature of 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to minus 234 degrees Fahrenheit for Jupiter and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit for the Sun. It is these radio signatures emitted by the auroras of such rogue objects that allow researchers to detect them. Simultaneously, Dr. Kao's team observed SIMP0136 in a new study at even higher radio frequencies and confirmed that its ... [Full Article...]

Peta's Forecast - Tracking evening rain and storms

Peta's Forecast - Tracking evening rain and storms Be aware that we could see some fog later on tonight . Highs will be in the upper 80s - low 90s. Rain chances will increase Wednesday night . Scattered PM storms returns Saturday but not as many for Sunday with highs staying in the 80's and lows in the upper 60's to near 70. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Hector tracks toward Hawaii

Hurricane Hector tracks toward Hawaii PDT update. Hector was a Category 3 storm early Sunday as it churned toward the Hawaiian Islands, an archipelago that includes the Big Island. The storm was moving west at 16 miles per hour and had maximum sustained winds of 155. The center of Hector will pass just south of the Big Island by about 150 to 200 miles, close enough to the Big Island to bring enhanced showers and thunderstorms and ... [Full Article...]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station The Falcon 9 with the Block 5 launched from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Its first launch was in May 2018. "This rocket probably won't refly for probably a couple of months, but by late this year we should be seeing substantial reflight of Block 5 vehicles, probably with Block 5 boosters seeing their third, maybe their fourth reflight". [Full Article...]

NASA announces astronauts for first commercial spaceflights from U.S.

NASA announces astronauts for first commercial spaceflights from U.S. NASA Commercial Crew Program NASA astronauts (from left) are: Suni Williams , Josh Cassada , Eric Boe , Nicole Mann , Chris Ferguson , Doug Hurley , Bob Behnken , Mike Hopkins , Victor Glover . "That's going to help all of us understand how to live and work in space". "Each test flight will provide data on the performance of the rockets, spacecraft, ground systems, and operations to ensure the ... [Full Article...]

Mysterious Rogue Planet Detected Outside Solar System

Mysterious Rogue Planet Detected Outside Solar System It's a massive 200 times the strength of Jupiter's magnetic field. "This object is right at the boundary between a planet and a brown dwarf, or 'failed star , ' and is giving us some surprises", said Melodie Kao , who led a recent study while a graduate student at Caltech. [Full Article...]

Rick Scott says state will fight red tide

Rick Scott says state will fight red tide Florida's southwest waterways are now under assault by two different combatants: A red tide bloom from the Gulf of Mexico and a separate toxic algae bloom, which many believe is linked to discharge from Lake Okeechobee. FWC arrived and is helping to transport the manatee to SeaWorld in Orlando, where it will be treated and monitored until it can be released back into the wild. [Full Article...]

Gallery: NASA Announces astronauts who will fly first Commercial Crew missions

Gallery: NASA Announces astronauts who will fly first Commercial Crew missions The astronauts were divided into smaller crews assigned to work on test flights and first missions to the global space station. He will be joined by Eric Boe , who has experience on both the Endeavour and Space Shuttle Discovery (which he piloted in its final mission in February 2011), and Nicole Aunapu Mann , an experienced test pilot and lieutenant colonel in the Marines. [Full Article...]

Hector vs. Kilauea: Hurricane on track to skirt past Hawaii's erupting volcano

Hector vs. Kilauea: Hurricane on track to skirt past Hawaii's erupting volcano June 11, 2018. Now the area faces a new threat as Hurricane Hector heads in that direction. Hurricane Hector roared through the Central Pacific on Sunday and is expected to pass near the Big Island of Hawaii, where a volcano continues to send lava into the sea. [Full Article...]

NASA announces crew for the first American spacecraft launches since 2011

Now the pair will be among those who usher in a new era for NASA. SpaceX and Boeing are shooting for a test flight of their capsules by the end of this year or early next, with the first crews flying from Cape Canaveral by next spring or summer. [Full Article...]

Ottawa eases carbon tax load for big emitters

Ottawa eases carbon tax load for big emitters But those reductions weren't enough to sway opponents. Companies that emit less than the majority of their peers will effectively pay no carbon tax and, given the subsidies, earn credits for having lower-than-average emissions. Because the law is not being applied to all province's and territories, just those that don't put in their own carbon tax, the factum argues the law "is constitutionally il... [Full Article...]


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