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Author: 0 Quadrantid meteor shower due over Norfolk January 2019

Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. You'll want a wide, unobstructed view as well. The shower peaks Thursday night, though observers may catch sight of stray Quadrantid meteors through the middle of January.

Research China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon
Author: 0 China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

That is why the relay satellite named Queqiao will be responsible for transmitting signals between the Earth station, and the Chang'e-4 lander and rover. It will also reportedly experiment on low-gravity plant growth. Upon arrival at our rocky satellite, an accompanying lander, which doubles as a rover, will descend towards the surface.

Research NASA spacecraft zips by most distant world ever studied
Author: 0 NASA spacecraft zips by most distant world ever studied

If New Horizons successfully completes this flyby , the encounter may tell us invaluable information about Kuiper Belt Objects like Ultima Thule . Owing to the probe's great distance from Earth and the relative weakness of its signal, it took several hours for scientists to receive and process the image.

Research EPA proposes rule on mercury emissions that could spark lawsuits
Author: 0 EPA proposes rule on mercury emissions that could spark lawsuits

The EPA said the proposal is meant to "correct flaws". In announcing the new proposed rule, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement that the costs of cutting mercury from power plants "dwarfs" the monetary benefits. In a statement, the EPA said it is "providing regulatory certainty by transparently and accurately taking account of both costs and benefits". Ann Weeks, senior counsel for the Clean Air Task Force, an environmental group, criticized the rule as "bean ...

Research Frenchman Sets Sail For Caribbean In A Barrel
Author: 0 Frenchman Sets Sail For Caribbean In A Barrel

France 24 says Jean-Jacques Savin is hoping to reach the Caribbean within three months thanks to ocean currents alone. The current voyage is not being carried out under the same spartan conditions, with the 3-meter-long barrel accommodating a 6 square-meter living space including a kitchen, sleeping bunk and storage.

Research 'Super blood wolf moon eclipse' will take place on January 20
Author: 0 'Super blood wolf moon eclipse' will take place on January 20

The triple lunar phenomenon will be seen from late evening on January 20 and will continue until the early hours on January 21. Get ready for the "super wolf blood moon " coming up in January! Astronomy fanatics are in for a treat January 20, when Earth will pass between the sun and full moon to create a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon's silvery shine into a blood-red glow.

Research ‘Earthrise’ Captured Earth Like Few Other Photos Have 50 Years Ago
Author: 0 ‘Earthrise’ Captured Earth Like Few Other Photos Have 50 Years Ago

The next morning, we woke to presents, one of which was my first camera - a Kodak Instamatic with a flash cube on the top. The engines are armed. Although the moon seems ever so familiar, we're really barely acquainted. And darkness was upon the face of the deep. Uttering possibly the most famous words of the 20th century, at least in peacetime, Neil Armstrong declared the moment to be "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

Research Japan confirm that they will resume commercial whaling
Author: 0 Japan confirm that they will resume commercial whaling

The Japanese government, which began scientific whaling in 1987, a year after the global whaling moratorium was introduced, has long maintained that most whale species are not endangered - six of the world's 13 "great whale species" are classified as endangered, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Research Japan reportedly leaving whaling treaty to resume hunting in 2019
Author: 0 Japan reportedly leaving whaling treaty to resume hunting in 2019

Japan's withdrawal from the IWC is planned for 2019 and will be announced by the end of this year, according to the report. It is expected its departure will be opposed globally, particularly among anti-whaling nations. Whale meat now sold in Japan is obtained as a "by-product" of whaling research in the Antarctic Ocean and the Northwest Pacific, except for imports from Iceland and elsewhere.

Research Snowy Google Doodle marks winter solstice
Author: 0 Snowy Google Doodle marks winter solstice

The occasion is a cause for celebration in some regions around the world. Although some people think that the whole day is the solstice, there is actually a specific time in the day when the solstice occurs. In Ireland, people convene at a 5,000-year-old gravesite called Newgrange, where they wait for a chance to see the sunrise lighting up the tomb. At Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, large crowds gather to celebrate and capture the moment when the sun directly aligns with the famous ...

Research Elon Musk's SpaceX To Try US National Security Spy Satellite Launch Again
Author: 0 Elon Musk's SpaceX To Try US National Security Spy Satellite Launch Again

SpaceX plans to launch a Global Positioning System satellite for the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There was not enough time left in the window to fix the problem, so launch was delayed to 9:07 a.m. The long-awaited flight already had slipped to almost the end of the available launch window because of high upper level winds when the issue cropped up.

Research Saturn's Rings Are Disappearing According to NASA
Author: 0 Saturn's Rings Are Disappearing According to NASA

NASA says that Saturn's gravity is pulling the ice that makes up the rings "into a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn's magnetic field". "Maybe we're just in that interesting, lucky period where we get to see Saturn's rings to the level that we see them". "However, if rings are temporary, perhaps we just missed out on seeing giant ring systems of Jupiter , Uranus and Neptune, which have only thin ringlets today!" Theories which could explain the origin of the ...

Research Newly Discovered Faraway Dwarf World Stirs Up Hunt for Elusive Planet X
Author: 0 Newly Discovered Faraway Dwarf World Stirs Up Hunt for Elusive Planet X

A frosty world is lurking across a distant part of our solar system, and astronomers believe that there is a yet-unseen Planet X out there that shepherds dwarf planets thousands of billions of kilometres away from Earth. "I said 'far out!' when I discovered it, and it's a very far out object", said astronomer Scott Shepard from the Carnegie Institution for Science , as quoted by New Scientist .

Research Nations agree global climate pact rules, but seen as weak
Author: 0 Nations agree global climate pact rules, but seen as weak

The dangers of climate change became more pronounced a year ago after US President Donald Trump announced that the United States, one of the countries producing the largest amount of carbon emissions in the world, would be withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Research Poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'
Author: 0 Poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'

It is unclear why Berry Jr was singled out to watch the 76-year-old Disney movie ad nauseam. Fourteen people have been ensnared in a multi-year investigation of illegal hunting spanning Missouri , Kansas , Nebraska and Canada . Berry had already seen his hunting privileges revoked for past wildlife infractions and was on probation. In total, the other co-conspirators faced a litany of charges and paid almost US$200,000 (NZ$293,000) in bonds and fines and served 33 days in jail, ...

Research Comet zooming by Earth will be visible this weekend
Author: 0 Comet zooming by Earth will be visible this weekend

Writing for Sky & Telescope, Joe Rao warns, "Even for those who are blessed with dark and starry skies, finding the comet could prove to be a bit of a challenge". Comet 46P was originally chosen by the European Space Agency to land the Rosetta probe on its surface, but launch delays caused a new target to be selected.

Research Virgin Galactic Rocket Plane Soars to Edge of Space
Author: 0 Virgin Galactic Rocket Plane Soars to Edge of Space

Most recently, Richard Branson , the 68-year-old billionaire who founded Virgin Galactic , claimed that the company would reach space before Christmas. That said , the lower altitude of VSS Unity also provides an opportunity for research, serving the dual-purpose of science and recreation. Blue Origin will use the more traditional method of spacecraft attached to a rocket launched from the ground.

Research Eyes in the sky: Weekend meteor shower on
Author: 0 Eyes in the sky: Weekend meteor shower on

NASA expert Bill Cooke said that the Geminid meteor shower is expected from 9 p.m of December 13, but it will peak in the wee hours of morning at around 2 a.m on December 14, the time the radiant point is also at its highest. Accuweather noted those who do venture outside will be rewarded with multi-colored meteors in the most intense of all meteor showers . According to AccuWeather , people in the central USA will have the best view of the meteor shower, while those in northwestern ...

Research NASA’s InSight lander just snapped its first selfie, and it’s a stunner
Author: 0 NASA’s InSight lander just snapped its first selfie, and it’s a stunner

The InSight spacecraft , which touched down on the flat equatorial plain Elysium Planitia on November 26, took the selfie using the camera on its 5.9-foot-long (1.8 meters) robotic arm. Even so, the landing spot turned out even better than they hoped. That should make it easier for one of InSight's instruments, the heat-flow probe, to bore down to its goal of five metres below the surface.

Research Geminids Meteor Shower: the best places to watch from the United Kingdom tonight
Author: 0 Geminids Meteor Shower: the best places to watch from the United Kingdom tonight

Google celebrated the 2018 Geminid meteor shower peak with an adorable Google Doodle slideshow. It is only observable in a clear sky and at high altitude places away from pollution and cities. From 50 to over 100 meteors may be visible per hour. The pieces burn up as they enter our atmosphere creating the bright colours. Every December, Earth's orbit leads us through the trail of 3200 Phaethon and its debris crashes into our atmosphere at 127,000 kms per hour.

Research Deliberate interference?: Russian spacewalkers take sample of mystery hole at space station
Author: 0 Deliberate interference?: Russian spacewalkers take sample of mystery hole at space station

Prokopyev and Russian Oleg Kononenko had to use a pair of telescoping booms to reach the Soyuz. An air leak coming from the Soyuz module led astronauts to find a 2mm hole, one that was conclusively not made by a micrometeorite and was determined to be done over the course of several attempts by someone with a " wavering hand ", according to Dmitry Rogozin , the head of Russia's space agency.

Research Branson's Virgin Galactic successfully reaches space
Author: 0 Branson's Virgin Galactic successfully reaches space

Virgin Galactic officials said Thursday's spaceflight represents an incredible opportunity, not just for the company, but for the future in general. Given the tragedy that struck in 2014 when the previous Virgin ship, the VSS Enterprise , crashed as a result of pilot error, the company warns that " there is no guarantee that everything will work perfectly first time ".

Research Google marks Geminid meteor shower with a series of doodles
Author: 0 Google marks Geminid meteor shower with a series of doodles

Each year, the Earth passes through a trail of debris left by the asteroid as it orbits around the Sun. Since the 1800s, with every passing year, the escalation of yellowish streaks of light in the night-sky have only grown intense. What is the Geminid meteor shower? That's because, from our vantage point on the ground, the meteors seem to move more quickly as the Earth turns towards Gemini; during the earlier hours of the night, the meteors will appear longer and more sluggish.

Research Leonids Meteor Shower peaks this weekend
Author: 0 Leonids Meteor Shower peaks this weekend

Typically, there are between 10 and 15 meteors per hour. We may get some partial clearing Saturday night and, if we do and you happen to be up before dawn on Sunday morning, take a look at the annual Leonid Meteor Shower! It is believed that the Leonids is one of the fastest flows, meteors move in it with a speed about 70 km/s.

Research Voyager 2 Spacecraft Enters Interstellar Space
Author: 0 Voyager 2 Spacecraft Enters Interstellar Space

Scientists discussed the mission's status today in conjunction with this week's American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington, D.C. The relative heat of the Sun's solar wind has been replaced by the cold, dense environment of the interstellar medium.

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