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Total lunar eclipse: Super Wolf Blood Moon visible in the Netherlands

Total lunar eclipse: Super Wolf Blood Moon visible in the Netherlands The eclipse is expected to last a little over five hours and should start around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Alberta. And you'll see that nice red color as the moon goes into the total eclipse. Amateur astronomers can get a stellar view of this weekend's upcoming Super Blood Wolf Moon thanks to some help from the pros at the Rothney Observatory . [Full Article...]

Chinese cotton seeds sprout on the moon

Chinese cotton seeds sprout on the moon The arabidosposis seeds contribute via its photosynthesis and could be a food source, but the plant is generally considered to be weed with a short growth cycle that could be useful for observation. Many of these seeds were later planted back on Earth, becoming " Moon Trees ". The experiment's chief designer, Xie Gengxin of Chongqing University , told Xinhua that life inside the canister woul... [Full Article...]

Brexit: MPs defeat government over no-deal preparations

Brexit: MPs defeat government over no-deal preparations Theresa May must now rule out no deal once and for all". A cross-party group of British MPs will later Tuesday seek to amend a finance law to limit the government's tax-raising powers in the event of an accidental "no deal". When asked if any politicians in the Conservative Party had changed their minds on opposing Mrs May's deal, Mr Barclay said: "Some have said they are much more open to bu... [Full Article...]

The Pictures are Here! New Horizons Close Up View of 2014 MU69

The Pictures are Here! New Horizons Close Up View of 2014 MU69 From then on, the mission team was of the mind that Ultima Thule was actually a large object with a chunk taken out of it (an "extreme prolate spheroid") or two objects orbiting very closely together or touching (a close or contact binary ). [Full Article...]

First close-ups of Ultima Thule reveal it resembles snowman

First close-ups of Ultima Thule reveal it resembles snowman NASA dubbed the larger lobe Ultima, and the other, which is about three times smaller, Thule. An analysis of the picture showed that Ultima's brightest spots reflect 13 percent of the light that falls on them, while the darkest spots reflect only 6 percent. [Full Article...]

Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato Heavy snow and rainstorms moving through much of the United States are predicted to create risky road conditions for millions of travelers heading out after Christmas. With the month almost over, just three days had temperatures below normal and even then the overnight low did not drop below zero. The Twin Cities is predicted to see between 1 to 3 inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon. [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches first USA national security space mission

SpaceX launches first USA national security space mission ET, climbing straight away from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, reported CBS News . SpaceX sued the U.S. Flying corps in 2014 over the military's honor of a multibillion-dollar, non-contend contract for 36 rocket dispatches to United Launch Alliance, an organization of Boeing and Lockheed. [Full Article...]

Where to Watch Tonight's Geminids Meteor Shower

Where to Watch Tonight's Geminids Meteor Shower The Geminids are also slower and denser than numerous other meteor showers , meaning perhaps a longer streak across the sky. "No need for a telescope or binoculars: fragments from Phaethon, s debris trail should become visible after 9 pm on December 13, peaking after midnight with as many as 120 meteors per hour", Google Doodle representatives wrote. [Full Article...]

NASA showed the spacecraft InSight

NASA showed the spacecraft InSight NASA's InSight spacecraft took a color-calibrated image of its robotic arm using its Instrument Deployment Camera on December 4. "In some sense, this is what it would sound like if you were sitting on the Insight lander on Mars". "InSight will see if tremors, or marsquakes, have a similar effect on Mars". JPL's Tom Hoffman, project manager for the InSight mission, said the view will be a bi... [Full Article...]

Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket landing fail in style

Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket landing fail in style CRS-16 one minute before launch. It is the sixth resupply mission to the space station this year. Although, the Falcon 9 landed in the ocean, it was still close enough to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for local residents to hear the double-sonic boom in nearby Cocoa Beach, Florida. [Full Article...]

United Nations chief Guterres calls for more action to tackle climate change

United Nations chief Guterres calls for more action to tackle climate change At his address at the climate talks yesterday, Mr Attenborough said: "The people have spoken: leaders of the world , you must lead, the continuation of our civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend are in your hands". U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning the world is "in deep trouble with climate change ". The UN climate change conference opened in the Polish... [Full Article...]

Private Companies to Make Next Moon Landing

Private Companies to Make Next Moon Landing The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA ) on Thursday announced nine U.S. companies including Lockheed Martin Corp. that are going to compete for funding NASA's long-term moon program . The new space station would orbit the moon. The mission aims to prove SLS is safe and reliable by sending an uncrewed Orion spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth. [Full Article...]

NASA's InSight Mars Lander Set To Touch Down Monday

NASA's InSight Mars Lander Set To Touch Down Monday Nasa wrote: "The landing will kick off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars " deep interior. Earth is a nice place to take a vacation. It'll also have experiments to test technologies that future astronauts will need, such as producing oxygen from Mars' thin carbon-dioxide atmosphere, and the equipment that's needed to extract and store samples for ... [Full Article...]

Ancient Frozen 'Super Earth' Found Orbiting A Nearby Star

Ancient Frozen 'Super Earth' Found Orbiting A Nearby Star Earth-like planets are at the top of the list for scientists to scour for evidence of extraterrestrial life , but the likelihood of finding life on this newly-discovered planet is slim. This involves looking for light frequency variations that betray the "wobble" an orbiting planet imparts on a star. This imparts a Doppler shift on its light, shifting it to longer wavelengths (redshifting) when... [Full Article...]

Air quality of Delhi turns hazardous as thick smog engulfs national capital

Air quality of Delhi turns hazardous as thick smog engulfs national capital This would have given time to traders to procure licences to sell green firecrackers, Sadar Nishkarm Welfare Association president Harjit Singh Chabbra said. "Northeasterly winds at moderate speed, and sporadic rainfall in areas around Mumbai, stopped pollution levels from reaching extremely high levels on Wednesday as it otherwise does during this time of the year", said Gufran Beig, project dire... [Full Article...]

‘It’s a disgrace’: Trump blasts judge’s decision to block Keystone XL pipeline

‘It’s a disgrace’: Trump blasts judge’s decision to block Keystone XL pipeline Environmental and indigenous groups sued TransCanada and the State Department in March to halt the project. TransCanada Corp's almost 1,200-mile pipeline has become one of the major battlegrounds in the climate change debate and, if completed, would carry an estimated 800,000 barrels per day from Canada's tar sands pits to Gulf Coast refineries in the US. [Full Article...]

Britain can not unilaterally scrap border backstop: Irish minister

Britain can not unilaterally scrap border backstop: Irish minister According to the Telegraph , May has included Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the government's chief legal advisor, in her special Brexit Cabinet after ministers said they wouldn't sign off on a deal without his advice. Fox, a prominent Brexiteer, said there had already been a referendum. Ireland insists that there must be no border infrastructure, the DUP insists Northern Ireland must not be ... [Full Article...]

NCR: SC bans 15-year old petrol, 10-year old diesel vehicles

NCR: SC bans 15-year old petrol, 10-year old diesel vehicles The national capital may face a 10-day partial shutdown, as the Air Quality Index (AQI ) is likely to worsen from November 1-10. Across the National Capital Region, the average PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations were 241 and 431 units, respectively. [Full Article...]

CAFOD suggests new Brazil President will 'exacerbate the bloodshed'

CAFOD suggests new Brazil President will 'exacerbate the bloodshed' On Wednesday, the former army captain said on Twitter that Marcos Pontes, a Brazilian astronaut who was the country's first person in space, would be his minister for science and technology. "So even if he still wants to withdraw, it will not be simple or easy", Schwartzmann told AFP . In a 2013 interview with British television personality Stephen Fry, Bolsonaro said that "Brazilian society do... [Full Article...]

Right-wing, pro-Israel congressman wins presidential election in Brazil

Right-wing, pro-Israel congressman wins presidential election in Brazil The conservative Michel Temer took over, but he was extremely unpopular, with an approval rating of just 2%. There were numerous reports of politically motivated violence, especially directed at gay people. Political analysts and activists reacted to the news in grim tones. Bolsonaro, who cast himself as a political outsider despite a 27-year career in Congress, is the latest of several leader... [Full Article...]


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