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New Horizons to return images of Ultima Thule flyby New Horizons to return images of Ultima Thule flyby
- January 02, 2019

It is the farthest away from the Sun any spacecraft has ever investigated an object, with New Horizons taking over 13 years to reach the rock. Scientists suspect Ultima Thule is a single object no more than 20 miles (32 kilometers) long, though there's a chance it could prove to be two smaller bodies orbiting one another or connected by a slender neck. (more...)
New Horizons Will Make The Most Distant Flyby In The History New Horizons Will Make The Most Distant Flyby In The History
- December 31, 2018

New Horizons will make its closest approach in the wee hours of January 1 - 12:33 a.m. EST. The spacecraft, traveling at over 14 kilometers per second, will soar just 3,500 kilometers from the surface of an icy, rocky object nicknamed Ultima Thule perched in the outer reaches of the solar system. (more...)
Lion attacks and kills conservatory employee in North Carolina Lion attacks and kills conservatory employee in North Carolina
- December 31, 2018

The center says it wasn't immediately clear how the lion left the area that was supposed to be locked. An investigation is ongoing as to how the lion escaped. "She was a lovely young woman who had just started her career", her family said. "She was a attractive young woman who had just started her career, there was a bad accident, and we are mourning", Ms Black's family said in a statement, according to news outlets. (more...)
Trump EPA says limits on mercury emissions from coal plants not necessary Trump EPA says limits on mercury emissions from coal plants not necessary
- December 30, 2018

The EPA on Friday proposed a new rule that challenges the basis for the Obama regulation. 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 children. (more...)
Complete list of dates for every full moon in 2019 Complete list of dates for every full moon in 2019
- December 28, 2018

The last total lunar eclipse happened in July. This lunar trifecta will reach its peak at 12:16 a.m. ET on January 21 and will last about 3 hours and 17 minutes from start to finish, according to NASA . The moon becomes the Blood Moon as its color turns coppery red because of light refraction. The "wolf" moon was named after the wolves that would howl out of hunger in the dead of winter. (more...)
Delhi`s air quality improves, settles at `very poor` level Delhi`s air quality improves, settles at `very poor` level
- December 27, 2018

Delhi's overall air quality index on Monday was recorded at 434, which falls in the "severe" category, a drastic decline from Sunday's "moderate" level at 171. Noida recorded the worst air quality with an AQI of 464. "SAFAR forecasting model predicts a faster improvement due to faster dispersion and deposition owing to a shorter lifetime of particles near the surface". (more...)
SpaceX ends historic year with its final launch of 2018 SpaceX ends historic year with its final launch of 2018
- December 27, 2018

The next GPS III satellite is due to launch in mid-2019 and the subsequent satellites will undergo testing in the company's Colorado processing facility. Mr. Caldwell added: "By this time next year, we expect to also have a second GPS III on orbit and users should be receiving signals from this first satellite". (more...)
The 50th anniversary of Apollo 8: Humanity’s first trip to the Moon The 50th anniversary of Apollo 8: Humanity’s first trip to the Moon
- December 26, 2018

Even before the Second World War, the artist Chesley Bonestell had painted imaginary views of planetary surfaces. Only he didn't call it an atlas, because that term was first established by his friend Gerhard Mercator a couple of years later, but Theatrum orbis terrarum - "Theater of the World". (more...)
Japan to resume commercial whale hunting Japan to resume commercial whale hunting
- December 26, 2018

Japan says it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts but says it will no longer go to the Antarctic to hunt. Japan will resume commercial whaling in July 2019 after a 30-year absence "in line with Japan's basic policy of promoting sustainable use of aquatic living resources based on scientific evidence", he said. (more...)
We Won't Have a Winter Solstice Like This Till 2029 We Won't Have a Winter Solstice Like This Till 2029
- December 23, 2018

In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice , the day with the least amount of daylight, occurs on 21 December nearly every year. The day is also known as the mid-winter day which has the longest night of the year. Wait. Why is the Earth tilted? But even though this is the point with the least hours of daylight, it's not the earliest sunset of the year, or the latest sunrise. (more...)
Winter Solstice 2018: Google Doodle marks shortest day of the year today Winter Solstice 2018: Google Doodle marks shortest day of the year today
- December 21, 2018

In the south, it's just the reverse though. In the Northern Hemisphere , the winter solstice , the day with the least amount of daylight, occurs on 21 December nearly every year. When viewing a meteor shower, It's important to lie flat and look straight up - taking in as much of the sky as possible, according to NASA . From then on, days will get longer by a matter of seconds, then minutes, until the longest day of the year in June. (more...)
Winter Trifecta: Solstice, Full Moon, Meteor Shower on Friday, Saturday Winter Trifecta: Solstice, Full Moon, Meteor Shower on Friday, Saturday
- December 21, 2018

The long December nights bring crystal clear skies to the Northern Hemisphere, allowing the Cold Moon to glow brightly in the night sky. If you are not aware, Winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. At Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, people similarly come together to watch the sun being cast over the famous prehistoric monument. In Ireland, people convene at a 5,000-year-old gravesite called Newgrange, where they wait for a chance to see the sunrise ... (more...)
Mysterious light seen in California sky prompts speculation Mysterious light seen in California sky prompts speculation
- December 20, 2018

However, around 5:40 p.m., ULA reports the launch had been scrubbed and they will attempt it again Thursday night. It's the fourth time the launch was postponed in the past two weeks. Many in California are used to seeing unusual bursts of light following SpaceX rocket launches but that does not appear to be the case this time. "A meteor can create a very high level cloud called a noctilucent [night-shining] cloud", they wrote, adding a link to an article about this type of cloud ... (more...)
SpaceX halts USA satellite launch for national security mission SpaceX halts USA satellite launch for national security mission
- December 20, 2018

Air Force. First up on the schedule is SpaceX, which plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. "Vehicle and payload remain healthy; next launch attempt is tomorrow at 9:07 EST, 14:07 UTC". SpaceX first halted the launch on Tuesday due to the same technical warning with its sensor. Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX Corp is set to raise US$500 million at a US$30.5 billion valuation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday (Dec 18), citing ... (more...)
New rules governing Paris climate accord get mixed reception New rules governing Paris climate accord get mixed reception
- December 19, 2018

One of the key components of the "Katowice package" is a detailed transparency framework, meant to promote trust among nations regarding the fact that they are all doing their part in addressing climate change. The unity which underpinned the Paris talks has fragmented, and US President Donald Trump intends to pull his country - one of the world's biggest emitters - out of the pact. (more...)
Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight
- December 19, 2018

The spectacular spaceflight, which was witnessed by a large crowd of staff and their families, as well as special guests and media, 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. (more...)
Cosmic countdown: Days are numbered for Saturn’s iconic rings, says NASA Cosmic countdown: Days are numbered for Saturn’s iconic rings, says NASA
- December 19, 2018

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". "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". (more...)
Researchers spot the farthest known object in our solar system Researchers spot the farthest known object in our solar system
- December 18, 2018

Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International, told GeekWire in an email that the discovery of Farout proves the value of the hunt for Planet X . - Scott Sheppard, Carnegie Science Institute. When the team discovered " Farout ", it took multiple nights of observing to determine its AU distance. (more...)
UN Climate conference finalises rules to implement Paris climate treaty UN Climate conference finalises rules to implement Paris climate treaty
- December 18, 2018

The executive director of Greenpeace Jennifer Morgan said: "We continue to witness an irresponsible divide between the vulnerable island states and impoverished countries pitted against those who would block climate action or who are immorally failing to act fast enough". (more...)
Judge sentences poacher to repeatedly watch Bambi for killing hundreds of deer Judge sentences poacher to repeatedly watch Bambi for killing hundreds of deer
- December 18, 2018

On top of the jail sentence for the illegal deer hunting, Judge Robert George ordered Berry Jr to "view the Walt Disney movie Bambi , with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter " during his spell in prison. (more...)

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