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Annual meteor shower should be visible in southern Colorado

For viewers in North America, the Quadrantids will peak at the wrong time relative to Earth's rotation. Unlike the Perseids and Geminids, the peak for this particular shower only lasts several hours. Don't give up hope if you don't live in those areas. The Quadrantids show will begin late Thursday and run through dawn Friday in a dark sky unlit by a moon, and the southwestern and central USA w... [Full Article...]

NASA’s New Horizons Shows Image of Snowman-Like Object

NASA’s New Horizons Shows Image of Snowman-Like Object NASA researchers promised fresh announcements would drop Thursday, including on the composition and atmosphere of Ultima Thule , as new images with even more precise resolution have come through. Also of interest is the apparent lack of craters, hinting at a surface built through accretion rather than the violent impacts seen in the inner solar system. [Full Article...]

'Bright fireball' meteor shower visible from Singapore on Friday morning

The Quadrantids are notoriously known as having a very short window for peak viewing. Signs of the Quadrantid meteor shower began in the tail end of December, but the event peaks in early January. "It is going to be a good year because the moon is going to be such a small slice that the skies will be dark", said Ron Nyberg of the High Desert Astronomy Club. [Full Article...]

Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side

Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side China, which is investing billions in its military-run space programme, has previously said it hopes to have a crewed space station by 2022. While past missions have been to the Earth-facing side, this is the first time a craft has landed on the unexplored far side. [Full Article...]

Success! NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft ‘phones home’ from 4 billion miles away

Success! NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft ‘phones home’ from 4 billion miles away Now, it is heading towards the edge of the solar system and will shortly reach Ultima Thule , where it will complete a historic flyby . Scientists say there are two possibilities for this: Ultima Thule is either one object with two connected lobes, sort of like a spinning bowling pin or peanut still in the shell, or two objects orbiting surprisingly close to one another. [Full Article...]

China's Lunar Lander To Explore Moon's Far Side

China's Lunar Lander To Explore Moon's Far Side The CNSA said that the control center still has to choose a proper time to land the probe on the far side of the moon. The mission is groundbreaking for a number of reasons but the most notable is that it'll be the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon, and China's second Moon landing overall. [Full Article...]

Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world

Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world NASA's unmanned New Horizons spacecraft , now zooming into outer space beyond Pluto , will fly by a small space rock known as Ultima Thule on New Year's Day. Scientists say Ultima is like a big frozen mummy born in the distant galaxy and should act like a time capsule because its frozen terroir should preserve its history. [Full Article...]

EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants

EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule has been in place for years, and energy companies that own coal-fired power plants are already in compliance. It's the latest administration effort on behalf of the country's coal industry. Research shows that when coal is burned, it releases mercury into the air, posing a health risk, particularly for babies developing in the womb and young chi... [Full Article...]

Frenchman trying to cross Atlantic in barrel capsule

Frenchman trying to cross Atlantic in barrel capsule He said he would like to end up on a French island (the paperwork would be easier, he said), and he intends to take a flight home. Jean-Jacques Savin has set off on a three month adventure across the Atlantic in just a barrel. Savin will be studied by doctors for effects of solitude in close confinement. To entertain himself during his trip, Savin has a porthole so he can watch fish, a mando... [Full Article...]

January total lunar eclipse to coincide with supermoon

January total lunar eclipse to coincide with supermoon A lunar eclipse, especially when the Moon is close to the horizon, can be spectacular, but January's show will start quietly. The super blood wolf moon eclipse will occur at 12:12 a.m. The moon will retain it bloody hue for around an hour and will be visible from South America and some parts western Europe as well. It's best to view in clear sky or minimally cloudy sky, but Murphy said peopl... [Full Article...]

Will implement odd-even scheme whenever required: Kejriwal

Will implement odd-even scheme whenever required: Kejriwal In view of the prevalence of "severe" pollution in the national capital, industrial activities in pollution hotspots of Wazirpur, Mundka, Narela, Bawana, Sahibabad and Faridabad, and construction work across Delhi-NCR were ordered to remain shut till Wednesday. [Full Article...]

United States air force's most powerful Global Positioning System satellite launched by Musk's firm

United States air force's most powerful Global Positioning System satellite launched by Musk's firm As usual, SpaceX documented Sunday's launch with videos and photos shared on social media. "In 2019, the big race is who is going to be the first company to put humans into space and bring them back". It is but one of 32 planned GPS III satellites that will replace older ones now in orbit. The satellite provides improved services and longer lifetimes. [Full Article...]

Years Ago Today, Apollo 8 Wished Earth A Merry Christmas Eve

Years Ago Today, Apollo 8 Wished Earth A Merry Christmas Eve To Lovell, the journey had the thrill and romance of true exploration, and provided an uplifting cap for Americans to a painful, contentious year marked by the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. Looking back at the Earth, Anders can't help being fascinated by its beauty, and so takes three or four pictures every now and then, even though that's not strictly scheduled. [Full Article...]

Japan to quit whaling treaty and return to commercial hunting in 2019

Japan to quit whaling treaty and return to commercial hunting in 2019 The IWC imposed the moratorium on commercial whaling three decades ago due to a dwindling whale population. Japan suspended its hunt for one season to re-tool its whaling programme with measures such as cutting the number of whales and species targeted, but resumed hunting in the 2015-2016 season, capping its Antarctic catch with a quota of 333 whales annually. [Full Article...]

Google marks Winter Solstice with a doodle on its home page

Google marks Winter Solstice with a doodle on its home page Shown above is the orientation of the Earth relative to the sun's most direct rays around the time of the Northern Hemisphere's winter solstice . The day and time of the solstice vary each year. In Native American cultures which tracked the calendar by the moons, December's Full Moon was known as the Full Cold Moon, as it marked the time when winter begins its cold grip. [Full Article...]

Here's where you can watch the Newgrange solstice live tomorrow

Here's where you can watch the Newgrange solstice live tomorrow The word "solstice" comes from the Latin word " solstitium ", which translates to " sun standing still ". That's because on this day the sun appears to stop at the Tropic of Capricorn. In New York, which has Eastern Standard Time (EST), sunset will take place today at 4.31pm. The winter solstice has been honored as a time of divine births for a long time: in Persia, Mithras was said to have been... [Full Article...]

We Won't Have a Winter Solstice Like This Till 2029

We Won't Have a Winter Solstice Like This Till 2029 Conversely, in the Southern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest day of the year. When exactly does it occur? As the solstice has begun, we can not wait to view the big, bright and full moon of December 2018. The last full moon of the year is also known as Cold Full Moon, Long Night Moon and Cold Moon around the globe. The Long Night Moon is named after the longest night of ... [Full Article...]

Shortest day, longest night of the year is here

Shortest day, longest night of the year is here There are countless cultures that have recognized the winter solstice . The word "solstice" comes from the Latin solstitium meaning "sun stands still", when the "motion of sun's path" stops briefly. However, the moon may appear bigger when it is near the horizon due to something known as the moon illusion. Wait. Why is the Earth tilted? Rather, the Earth has a tilt of roughly 23.5 degrees... [Full Article...]

Winter Solstice: Google doodle celebrates shortest day of the year

Winter Solstice: Google doodle celebrates shortest day of the year The moon will appear full both Friday and Saturday night and the next time a Cold Moon will appear so close to the solstice will be 2029. This occurs when Earth's North Poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. The sun would be at its lowest position throughout the Northern Hemisphere sky. A full moon will appear tonight. Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures the world over for t... [Full Article...]

Mysterious light seen in California sky prompts speculation

Mysterious light seen in California sky prompts speculation Wednesday was the fourth time the mission has been delayed. Social media was filled with photos , videos and questions Wednesday night about the strangely illuminated smoke contrail seen in the skies that were visible across the Bay Area and Northern California. [Full Article...]


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