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Israel's first Moon mission blasts off from Florida Israel's first Moon mission blasts off from Florida
- February 24, 2019

SpaceX launched its first private moon landing mission on Thursday evening. The lander will use a thruster from Norwegian supplier Nammo to reach the moon, and to conduct a 500-meter "hop" to another location on the lunar surface. The Nasantara Satu mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral on February 21, 2019, carrying SpaceIL's lunar lander bound for the moon. In January 2017, SpaceIL became one of the competition's five finalists. (more...)
Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change
- February 23, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that includes an overhaul of USA energy that seeks to stall the effects of climate change. Watch her condescending response, share with your friends, and CALL her office at (415) 393-0707 to ask her to support the Green New Deal! Edward J. (more...)
Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Lifts Off With Three Payloads
- February 23, 2019

It will take two months for Beresheet to reach the Mare Serenitatis on the Moon's northern hemisphere, where it will measure lunar magnetic anomalies and give the data to NASA once collected. Winetraub pointed out that the moon and the earth had to be in sync before the rocket could launch, adding, "The moon is coming around, and we're doing our own orbit, and we need to synchronize everything". (more...)
"THANKS FOR NOTHING AOC" Billboard Lights Up Times Square
- February 23, 2019

Amazon announced last week that it would no longer be building a second headquarters in Long Island City, a plan that promised at least 25,000 new jobs. We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good paying jobs for our state and almost $30 billion dollars in new revenue to fund transit improvements, new housing, schools and countless other quality of life improvements. (more...)
Trudeau spoke to Wilson-Raybould after prosecutors refused SNC-Lavalin deal Trudeau spoke to Wilson-Raybould after prosecutors refused SNC-Lavalin deal
- February 23, 2019

Trudeau insists there was no wrongdoing. But Wilson-Raybould, demoted in a January reshuffle, quit on February 12 and then Trudeau's principal private secretary and close ally Gerald Butts resigned on Monday. In his defence, Trudeau cited a news release issued by Roussel last week in response to suggestions of political interference in another case, involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. (more...)
SpaceX rocket blasts off carrying Israeli lunar lander SpaceX rocket blasts off carrying Israeli lunar lander
- February 22, 2019

The start of the flight went smoothly, with the first stage entry burn completed uneventfully less than three minutes after lift-off. NASA's Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s took about three days to get astronauts to the moon 240,000 miles (386,000 kilometers) away, but they used monstrous Saturn V rockets. (more...)
2019’s second Supermoon Bhopali skywatchers in for a treat 2019’s second Supermoon Bhopali skywatchers in for a treat
- February 22, 2019

The first Supermoon of 2019 was the Super Blood Wolf Moon on January 20-21, which coincided with a total lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon". Technically , the supermoon will reach its peak on Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m. ET, but it won't be visible then. The moon looking deceptively large is known as a "Moon illusion", which occurs when the moon is close to the horizon and objects such as buildings or trees are in front of it for scale, which tricks our brains into thinking ... (more...)
SpaceX rocket launched carrying Israel's first lunar lander
- February 22, 2019

The lander will use a thruster from Norwegian supplier Nammo to reach the moon, and to conduct a 500-meter "hop" to another location on the lunar surface. Israel is aiming to land on the moon after hitching a ride with SpaceX tonight. If Beresheet successfully executes a soft landing on the lunar surface, Israel will become the fourth nation to achieve such a landing on the moon, following in the footsteps of the world's "space superpowers" - the United States, Russia and China . (more...)
Japanese spacecraft lands on asteroid 300 million kilometers from Earth Japanese spacecraft lands on asteroid 300 million kilometers from Earth
- February 22, 2019

According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the probe began its descent to the asteroid from an altitude of 20,000 meters above at about 0400 GMT, with the descent being delayed for a few hours while the final approach to the asteroid's surface was rechecked. (more...)
Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies
- February 22, 2019

In one experiment, the researchers put cloth coats bearing striped patterns on horses and observed that fewer flies landed on them than when the same horses wore single-color coats. The team dressed the horses and zebras sequentially in black, white, and then black and white striped coats. Zebras swish their tails nearly continuously during the day to keep flies off; they stop feeding if bothered by them; and if the flies are particularly persistent, the zebras will run from them. (more...)
SpaceX Is Launching Three Spacecraft Tonight-Including an Israeli Moon Lander
- February 22, 2019

The Beresheet lander, whose name means "In the beginning" in Hebrew, was build by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI ). "We thought it's about time for a change, and we want to get little Israel all the way to the moon", said Yonatan Winetraub, co-founder of Israel's SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization behind the effort. (more...)
Supermoon phenomenon occurs tonight Supermoon phenomenon occurs tonight
- February 21, 2019

In astronomy, the term "syzygy" refers to the straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies, also called the perigee full moon . Move over Super Blood Wolf Moon , it's the Super Snow Moon's turn to shine. Astronomers call it "perigee", and when the Moon reaches its closest distance on February 19, it would seem to be much bigger and brighter than an ordinary full moon. (more...)
Why do zebras have stripes? New evidence points to a surprising reason Why do zebras have stripes? New evidence points to a surprising reason
- February 21, 2019

They found that horse flies gathered around domestic horses and zebras at a similar rate - but landed on zebras a quarter as often. Researchers believe that the black and white stripes on a zebra's coat are used to "dazzle" blood-sucking flies as they come in to land. (more...)
Long lost giant bee, the word's biggest, rediscovered in Indonesia Long lost giant bee, the word's biggest, rediscovered in Indonesia
- February 21, 2019

The bee (full name Megachile pluto ), which lives in the Indonesian island region of North Moluccas, makes its nest in termite mounds, using its large fang-like mandibles to collect sticky resin to protect its home from the termites. "To actually see how handsome and big the species is in life, to hear the sound of its giant wings thrumming as it flew past my head, was just incredible". (more...)
Oma God! Massive 8-Metre Waves Expected As Cyclone Warning Issued Oma God! Massive 8-Metre Waves Expected As Cyclone Warning Issued
- February 21, 2019

Forecasters said it's less likely that Cyclone Oma will cross the Queensland coast, but people are still being warned to expect high winds and unsafe swell. "These conditions are then expected to extend south over the remaining southeastern Queensland coast during this evening and Friday". BOM has issued a hazardous surf warning for the region stretching from 1770 to the Queensland border with the likelihood of a risky surf warning to follow in the days ahead. (more...)
Supermoon 2019: Super Snow Moon triggers FLOOD ALERTS and EXTREME high tides Supermoon 2019: Super Snow Moon triggers FLOOD ALERTS and EXTREME high tides
- February 21, 2019

Stargazers may notice that the Moon looks bigger and brighter on Tuesday evening, as the second supermoon of 2019 takes place. While there are often a handful of supermoons each year, this one is special because it will reach fullness only six hours after reaching its closest point in orbit , making it appear even bigger and brighter than usual. (more...)
Gold Coast beaches closed as Cyclone Oma tracks towards Queensland coast Gold Coast beaches closed as Cyclone Oma tracks towards Queensland coast
- February 21, 2019

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting swells of two metres to pound our beaches today, conditions that will rise dramatically in coming days. "As it tracks closer to the coast, it will generate those really large swells on top of the high tides we have got at the moment, so we can expect plenty of beach erosion", he said. (more...)
2019’s Biggest Supermoon to Light Up the Sky 2019’s Biggest Supermoon to Light Up the Sky
- February 19, 2019

The moon is said to be the year's brightest with its peak at 10:53 a.m. ET according to the Old Farmer's Almanac . The moon's gravity causes the earth's tides, so around a supermoon night you can expect the highest and lowest tides of the year - known as supermoontides. (more...)
Supermoon 2019: Full moon to be visible in United Kingdom tomorrow Supermoon 2019: Full moon to be visible in United Kingdom tomorrow
- February 18, 2019

If you're planning to use a smartphone to photograph the moon, you can do it on Monday night as well as at moonrise (around 6 pm) on Tuesday. We get a supermoon when the moon is full or almost full and also at its closest point to Earth along its slightly elliptical orbit. (more...)
Youth Strike 4 Climate: Thousands of United Kingdom students march for the planet Youth Strike 4 Climate: Thousands of United Kingdom students march for the planet
- February 18, 2019

Youth Strike 4 Climate organisers say strikes are taking place in 60 towns and cities across the country from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands, in the face of "an alarming lack of Government leadership" on climate change . Again they moved on quickly, but took an unplanned walk up Whitehall. At London's Parliament Square, where the main protest was held, there was a carnival atmosphere, with dancing, bubble-blowing and the waving of witty, sustainable placards under the warm winter sun. (more...)

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