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Nations inch towards climate deal at marathon UN summit

Nations inch towards climate deal at marathon UN summit The sun sets over buildings in Milan, Italy as the climate change conference, COP24, came to a close. The climate-change vulnerable countries had also demanded a clear Signal that it needs greater efforts in climate protection, in order to limit the dramatic consequences. [Full Article...]

New Virgin Galactic Space Launch Turns Pilots into Full-Blow Astronauts

New Virgin Galactic Space Launch Turns Pilots into Full-Blow Astronauts According to Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight saw a 60 second planned rocket motor burn which propelled VSS Unity to nearly three times the speed of sound and to an apogee of 51.4 miles. The successful flight is significant progress toward the start of commercial flights that Virgin Galactic promised more than a decade ago. "It's been 14 long years to get here", Branson told reporters after th... [Full Article...]

Saturn's Rings Are Beautiful, But They Won't Last

Saturn's Rings Are Beautiful, But They Won't Last The study published on Monday in the journal Icarus has shown that the iconic rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles. Instead, they were fastened onto Saturn within the last few hundred million years - during the time of the dinosaurs. Evidence obtained by Cassini pointed to old, old rings, when the Solar System was still forming. [Full Article...]

Why this newly discovered pink dwarf planet is so exciting

Why this newly discovered pink dwarf planet is so exciting The previous record-holder was the dwarf planet Eris at 96 astronomical units (AU). Neptune is 30 astronomical units away, or 2.8 billion miles, and Pluto , now on the outward leg of its orbit, is 34.5 astronomical units, or 3.2 billion miles from the sun . [Full Article...]

Deal reached at United Nations climate conference in Poland

Deal reached at United Nations climate conference in Poland After two weeks of talks in Poland, negotiations established the "rule book" that implements the worldwide climate treaty, which aims to limit the average increase in global temperatures to well below 2 C and avert the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. [Full Article...]

Deer Poacher Is Ordered to Repeatedly Watch Bambi in Missouri Jail

Deer Poacher Is Ordered to Repeatedly Watch Bambi in Missouri Jail The investigation into the deer poaching case started in 2015, according to the AP. David Berry Jr . was arrested alongside David Berry Sr . While the total number of deer taken illegally is unknown, Lawrence County's conservation agent Andy Barnes said it could be "several hundred". According to a press release by the Missouri Department of Conservation , Berry's convictions "are the... [Full Article...]

Virgin Galactic reaches for the stars

Virgin Galactic reaches for the stars Branson is now in a race with SpaceX's Elon Musk and Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos to be the first to carry private tourists to space . British billionaire Branson, wearing jeans and a leather bomber jacket with a fur collar, attended the take-off along with hundreds of spectators on a crisp morning in the California desert. [Full Article...]

Geminid meteor shower over Norfolk in December 2018

Geminid meteor shower over Norfolk in December 2018 Peaks Thursday night and early Friday (pre-dawn). The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a attractive show of green fireballs on Thursday and Friday. According to NASA , the object could be either an extinct comet or a near-Earth asteroid. This is when they will be high in the sky. Though the shower starts tonight, the best time to see it i... [Full Article...]

The brightest comet of the year will be visible this Sunday

The brightest comet of the year will be visible this Sunday The streak below the comet was produced by a rocket body (upper stage) passing through the telescope's field of view during the exposure. The comet Wirtanen will make its closet approach to Earth in centuries this weekend, being 7.1 million miles away on Sunday. [Full Article...]

Virgin Galactic rocket plane could reach 'space altitudes' during next test

Virgin Galactic rocket plane could reach 'space altitudes' during next test That's where Earth's upper atmosphere ends, and it's about 62 miles, or 100 km, high. It surpassed the height the US Air Force considers the boundary of space (80km), and marks the first manned flight to space from US soil since 2011. This marked the fourth test of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. It reached this altitude-much greater than its previous record of 52 kilometers (32 miles)-by burni... [Full Article...]

InSight showed itself in a new selfie on Mars

InSight showed itself in a new selfie on Mars The image was received on December 4, 2018 (Sol 8). The selfie released on Tuesday , shows InSight's solar panels and deck, along with the scientific instruments on top of the deck, and the lander's weather sensor. It showcases the first complete look of "workspace" - the approximately 14-by-7-foot (4-by-2-metre) crescent of terrain directly in front of the spacecraft -, where the spacecraft's ... [Full Article...]

The Geminid meteor shower is peaking right now: Here’s how to watch

The Geminid meteor shower is peaking right now: Here’s how to watch For optimal viewing, it's recommended you drive away from the city and any bright lights; however, because this particular shower is expected to be so active, it's likely you'll be able to see some from your own backyard. But if you live in a big city, you'll want to plan a road trip to get away from those lights. A bonus - you do not need binoculars to see them, and the meteors can be witnessed w... [Full Article...]

Russian Cosmonauts Investigate Mysterious Hole In ISS During Six-Hour Space Walk

Russian Cosmonauts Investigate Mysterious Hole In ISS During Six-Hour Space Walk The astronauts collected samples of the black epoxy sealant protruding from the hole, just one-tenth of an inch (2 millimeters) across. Photos of the hole from inside the spacecraft circulated online. Russians Sergei Prokopyev and Oleg Kononenko spotted the tiny hole in the external hull of the Soyuz capsule, more than five hours into their grueling spacewalk. [Full Article...]

Virgin Galactic Flight: Where is the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo right now?

Virgin Galactic Flight: Where is the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo right now? Fourteen years after the company's founding, it's finally made it to space-just. Thursday's supersonic flight takes Virgin Galactic closer to turning the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism into reality. The craft was manned by two pilots, Mark Stucky and Nasa astronaut Frederick Sturckow. "This day is much for them as it is for all of us". Passengers will float in zero-gravity fo... [Full Article...]

The Geminid meteor shower peaks December 13/14

The Geminid meteor shower peaks December 13/14 Initially spotted over three decades ago, they are called Geminids because the shower seems to begin from the constellation "Gemini". Eyes to the skies, the Geminids meteor is set to streak across Dubai's skies this Friday... The Geminids are the only meteor shower to be produced by an asteroid. But nowadays, almost 120 meteors can be seen across the sky at the peak. According to both timea... [Full Article...]

Cosmonauts examine 'mysterious hole' on ISS spacewalk

The source of the slow depressurization event was traced to the Orbital Module of Soyuz MS-09. The crew slowed the leak with a piece of Kapton silicon tape, and later patched the hole with gauze and epoxy. Additionally, the spacewalk was already running long. According to NASA, before returning back to Pirs, science experiments on the exterior of the Rassvet module were retrieved to bring back i... [Full Article...]

Pioneering mission to far side of moon launched

Pioneering mission to far side of moon launched Tidal forces from our planet have slowed down the Moon's rotation to the point where the same side is always facing the Earth - a phenomenon called tidal locking. Why is the farside crust thicker? The Chang'e 4 rover is also equipped with an energetic neutral atom analyser, a panoramic camera and an infrared spectrometer. [Full Article...]

NASA's Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space - 11 billion miles from earth

NASA's Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space - 11 billion miles from earth The scientists can still communicate with Voyager 2, even in interstellar space, but the data takes about 16.5 hours to travel back to Earth. Nicky Fox, director of the heliophysics division at NASA, said: "This time is better still for us". [Full Article...]

NASA spacecraft captures 'unwordly' sound of wind on Mars

NASA spacecraft captures 'unwordly' sound of wind on Mars The low frequencies are a result of Mars' thin air density and even more so the seismometer itself - it's meant to detect underground seismic waves, well below the threshold of human hearing. NASA's InSight spacecraft flipped open the lens cover on its Instrument Context Camera on November 30, 2018, and captured this dust-flecked view of Mars. [Full Article...]

China Preparing For Mission To Far Side Of The Moon

China Preparing For Mission To Far Side Of The Moon China is making its final preparations before launching the first spacecraft to ever attempt a landing on the dark side of the Moon . The biggest challenge will be establishing communication with the far side of the moon, which is unreachable by direct signal and invisible from Earth, said professor Ouyang Ziyuan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the chief scientist of the China Lunar Explora... [Full Article...]


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