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Solar probe to fly closer to sun than ever before

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NASA hopes the probe will help determine which parts of the sun are providing the energy source for solar winds and solar particles, and how they accelerate to such high speeds. Thousands of spectators turned up at the launch site on Sunday, including Eugene Parker , the 91-year-old astrophysicist the spacecraft is named after. Read More »

Scientists concerned as B.C. orca continues carrying body of her calf

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Scientists are reporting progress in the race to help an emaciated and endangered West Coast killer whale in the waters of the Salish Sea. Sheila Thornton, lead killer whale research scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada , said they'll often see the southern residents with poor body conditions at the start of the summer, but they improve over the season as they feed on chinook salmon. Read More »

Perseid meteor shower to lit up Qatar sky Saturday

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It's expected we could see 50 to 70 meteors per hour starting Saturday and Sunday night. Whatever your plans are this weekend, cancel them all, call up your loved ones, get in the brewskies, and cuddle under the night sky this evening - nature's about to put on a show . Read More »

NASA ready for trip to the sun

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While the shield will be facing temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, the spacecraft will be at a toasty but tolerable 85 degrees. The Parker Solar Probe will endure tremendous heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere that gives rise to the solar wind. Read More »

France floods: 1,600 tourists evacuated and one missing at campsites

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Of the 750 people helped to safety by emergency crew in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas region of Gard, around 120 of them were children, mainly from Germany. BFM-TV said he was a 70-year-old German citizen serving as a monitor at the Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas site and feared to have been swept away by floodwaters along with his van. Read More »

Annual Perseids Show peaks this weekend

It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower , and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year. As long as you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseid meteor shower will be right overhead. The Perseid Meteor Shower is caused by the dust and debris trailing the Swift-Tuttle comet, which orbits the sun approximately every 133 years. Those who live in areas with little light pollution will be able to see the shower best, if there's clear weather. Read More »

Hurricane John forms off Mexico's Pacific coast

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Infrared data from NASA's Aqua satellite provided forecasters with temperature data that showed the cloud top temperatures in John had cooled indicating the storm was strengthening. Surf along east-facing shores is already building and will peak later today and tonight, at 12 to 15 feet for the Big Island, mainly for the Puna and Ka'ū Districts. Read More »

NASA names astronauts for Boeing, SpaceX flights

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NASA says this was actually not a requirement for certifying the vehicles, but both companies opted to perform end-to-end flight tests to ensure the entire integrated system worked properly. Space X, the private space company founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk put out Dragon as the first private aircraft to berth with the ISS. SpaceX and Boeing are planning a test flight of their capsules by the end of this year or early 2019. Read More »

Brown dwarf or massive exoplanet detected with powerful magnetic field

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Hallinan said . The planet is thought to be 200 million years old and is 20 light-years from Earth. The planet, which is 12 times as large as Jupiter , sits around 20 light years away from Earth. Étienne Artigau. Once more data was obtained, the idea that SIMP J01365663+0933473 was a brown dwarf was scrapped. The auroras seen on Earth are caused by our planet's magnetic field interacting with the solar wind. Read More »

Red tide cited after manatees, thousands of fish found dead in Florida

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Red tides at Sanibel Island in Florida have continued to leave beaches looking like graveyards, with dozens of fish and other sea life washed up on the shore. The algae bloom - which gets its name because the microscopic algae often turn water red - has already lasted since November of past year, and could stretch into 2019, some scientists are saying. Read More »

NASA names astronauts for new commercial spacecraft test flights, missions

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Some, however, deem that target ambitious. "What an exciting and awesome day", Jim Bridenstine , NASA's administrator, said at the announcement at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston . Nicole Aunapu Mann is a California native and a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps. He is a Navy commander, aviator and test pilot with nearly 3,000 hours flying more than 40 different aircraft. Read More »

Scientists Just Received a Massively Powerful Signal Coming from Deep Space

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While they are radio signals, FRBs don't hold any information that astronomers or researchers have been able to tap. Researchers claim that this is the lowest frequency FRB ever recorded emitted from across the universe. The first radio burst was detected in 2001. "These events have occurred during both the day and night and their arrival times are not correlated with known on-site activities or other known sources of terrestrial RFI (radio frequency interference)". Read More »

Trump details looser mpg regulations; states vow to fight

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California, along with dozens of other states, sued the administration in May, challenging the administration's right to revisit the existing rules . Automakers, who had asked to be relieved of some of the mandates, have expressed misgivings about having to accommodate a patchwork of federal and state standards. Read More »

Coles backflips on plastic bag ban

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Coles is under fire for reversing a decision to stop providing free plastic bags to shoppers, saying some need more time to adjust to the switch to buying reusable bags. Black predicted Coles would be "punished" for its decision by the "millions of customers who want to see a reduction in the number of plastic bags littering our beaches and killing our our marine life". Read More »

NASA Announces Crew For First Commercial Space Flights

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On Friday, the space agency plans to announce crews for the first flights of SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner . SpaceX's four-member crew consists of Air Force flight test engineer Bob Behnken and retired Marine Corps test pilot Doug Hurley , tasked with the Dragon's demo flight scheduled for April 2019; Dragon's first mission will be flown by Navy test pilot Victor Glover and the Air Force's Mike Hopkins . Read More »

Crewmembers For Boeing, SpaceX First Test Flights To Be Named Friday

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Boeing's capsule is reusable up to 10 times with a six-month turnaround time, according to Starliner mechanical engineers. Like many spaceflight programs, development has been slow-going, with milestones regularly delayed. He made the announcement via telecon. Also, the organization will declare the crew tasks for the foremost post-certification operation and crew flight tests for both SpaceX and Boeing, in a press conference to be chaired over by Jim Bridenstine, the NASA Administrator. Read More »

Trump Administration Aims to Freeze Fuel Standards, End Tougher California Rules

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But at that point the two rules diverge, with the Obama era rule mandating continued increases in efficiency. "This has very little to do in reality with the globe's surface temperature", said climatologist Dr. Automakers had long bemoaned the Obama standards as too hard to meet, especially as more consumers choose larger trucks, crossovers and SUVs, which guzzle more gasoline. Read More »

Mars closest to Earth at 57m kilometres

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If you can, try and check our our nighttime neighbor with a telescope. Jan Cami, director of the Hume Cronyn Observeratory and an associate professor of astronomy at Western, told CBC's London Morning Tuesday that it's a big deal because Mars will be about 40-million kilometres closer than it comes in other close approaches. Read More »

Celestial Lineup Makes For A Very Bright Mars

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Instead, the lake sits under the planet's southern polar ice cap. "When a planet is at opposition , the planet is completely opposite the sun in the sky", said Kevin Mackay, an astronomy and physics instructor at the University of South Florida. Read More »

'Blood moon' to appear for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

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You won't be able to see the longest total lunar eclipse of the century on Friday. It should not be considered an invitation to satanic sex rituals of humans or horses . The webcast should kick off at 2:30 p.m. EDT (18:30 UT). For about half the world, the " blood moon " will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1:14 p.m.to 7:28 p.m. Read More »

Yosemite cleared out as fire caution

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But hundreds of visitors were ordered to evacuate the park Wednesday as firefighters struggled to contain the encroaching 38,000-acre Ferguson Fire, which has roared for almost two weeks and remains just 25 percent contained. The last time the valley was closed because of fire was in 1990. Over the past two weeks, the fires have burned through 60 square miles of timber in the steep terrain of Sierra Nevada just west of the park . Read More »

Longest lunar eclipse of 21st century occurs Friday in Egypt

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The total duration of the eclipse will be six hours and 14 minutes. A lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon, casting the Moon into shadow. The Eclipse is expected to reach its peak around 9:21pm and wane from then until the eclipse ends around 12:30am of the 28th of July 2018. This region will be the best view of the Eclipse. Read More »

Micro moon eclipse and Mars viewing this weekend

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It marks the second blood moon and lunar eclipse of the year and will be the 21st century's longest lunar eclipse so far, lasting nearly two hours. "We have a rare and interesting conjunction of phenomena", Pascal Descamps, an astronomer with the Paris Observatory, told AFP. The Mars opposition is when Mars, Earth and the Sun form a straight line during the course of their orbits. Read More »

Space collection of Neil Armstrong is up for auction

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It also includes correspondence about the planning of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission. He also took pieces of wing and propeller from the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer with him to the moon . Neil Armstrong dies in 2012 in his native OH. after his death, his sons faced the responsibility of conserving, preserving and securing irreplaceable items and honoring their father's legacy. Read More »

Jupiter's moon count reaches 79, including tiny 'oddball'

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For example, the discovery that the smallest moons in Jupiter's various orbital groups are still abundant suggests the collisions that created them occurred after the era of planet formation. The curious find might shed light on how many of Jupiter's current moons were formed. At less than two miles (3.2km) wide, the moons are all very small, which is why they have only now been identified thanks to the team's modern, sensitive telescopes. Read More »

Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket Aces Important Test

Blue Origin's billionaire owner, Jeff Bezos , has grand designs for moving people and commerce into space, and his efforts begin with Blue Origin's rockets. Such systems are created to fire quickly and separate the crew capsule from the booster during an emergency. But if all goes well, she said , "it's going to be a sweet ride". Read More »

Source of cosmic ‘ghost’ particle revealed

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And yet, on September 22, 2017, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory , based at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, detected a neutrino in signals picked up by its detectors buried deep in the Antarctic ice. As matter falls in to the black hole , vast jets of charged particles emerge at right angles, making them massive particle accelerators. Some of these are called "Oh-My-God particles", because a single particle can smash into the Earth with the force of a 50-plus miles per hour ... Read More »

A huge glacier that came to the village of Greenland

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An iceberg four miles wide broke off from a glacier in eastern Greenland in June. The iceberg has come close to properties on the island of Innaarsuit in western Greenland , whose population of 169 have been evacuated from their homes. Read More »