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The 'Pink Full Moon' rises this Friday
- April 18, 2019

It'll appear on Friday 12 April, beginning at 12.12 British Summer Time. They knew it as the pink full moon because it rises over a landscape of the pink flowers of wild ground phlox , one of the first wildflowers to bloom in spring. "Other names include the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon". This weekend's moon isn't just going to look good for many belief systems around the world, the "pink" moon also has cultural significance. (more...)
Israel set to land spacecraft on the moon in first Israel set to land spacecraft on the moon in first
- April 18, 2019

Israel can count itself among seven nations that have successfully orbited the moon. Descent operations to the lunar surface started at 9 pm Italian time and everything proceeded as scheduled for about 20 minutes. Beresheet carried a small laser retroreflector from NASA meant to measure magnetic fields and provide insight on the moon's iron core. Funded nearly entirely by donations, Beresheet was built by SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit set up for the mission, in partnership with the ... (more...)
Climate-change protesters disrupt London docklands train service Climate-change protesters disrupt London docklands train service
- April 17, 2019

Q&A Who are Extinction Rebellion? "Targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners' safety". Activist Katy Fowler, 39, from Machynlleth in Wales, said reaction from the public had been very positive. Organisers said protests had taken place or were planned in 80 cities across 33 countries - from India to Australia, and around Europe and the US. (more...)
Carnes: Copious supply of black holes Carnes: Copious supply of black holes
- April 17, 2019

SMU physicist Joel Meyers said up until now there'd been a lot of indirect proof that backed up the idea that black holes existed - like how the stars near the region interact with the gravitational pull and the gas emissions that come from the material that falls into them. (more...)
Israeli Team Evaluates the Reason Behind the Crash of Spacecraft Israeli Team Evaluates the Reason Behind the Crash of Spacecraft
- April 17, 2019

Its origins lie in the Google Lunar XPrize, an worldwide challenge offering $20m for the first privately developed spacecraft to land on the Moon. It had been hoped that the small robotic spacecraft, built by the nonprofit SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries , would match a feat that has been achieved only by U.S., Russian Federation and China. (more...)
SpaceX's recovered core booster damaged in rough seas SpaceX's recovered core booster damaged in rough seas
- April 17, 2019

That meant SpaceX had to go and retrieve the booster, but sadly, rough conditions on the seas resulted in the booster accidentally falling into the ocean, as reported by The Verge . This is the first time the company has lost a landed stage on the way back to port. SpaceX has efficient robots created to recover its Falcon 9 boosters - the " octagrabber " - but the core booster had a different configuration that doesn't latch on to the base of any booster except the Falcon 9's (for now). (more...)
Thousands expected in London for Extinction Rebellion protest Thousands expected in London for Extinction Rebellion protest
- April 15, 2019

Waterloo Bridge is a major bus route and the protestors from the group Extinction Rebellion delayed the journeys of far more public transport users than the auto drivers they claim should switch to more sustainable modes. They plan to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world. Today will see people in at least 80 cities in more than 33 countries hold similar demonstrations on the same environmental issues, campaigners said. (more...)
Storms sweep across the South, killing 6 and injuring dozens Storms sweep across the South, killing 6 and injuring dozens
- April 15, 2019

The 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe late Saturday afternoon, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said. The threat of severe weather will likely increase throughout the day, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said. (more...)
SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy, world's most powerful rocket, for paying customer SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy, world's most powerful rocket, for paying customer
- April 14, 2019

Nine minutes after lift-off the main central rocket returned and landed perfectly onto its floating barge (named "Of Course I Still Love You"). Just over a month after its Crew Dragon capsule mated with the International Space Station in the first commercial docking with the ISS, it successfully launched and landed its Falcon Heavy for mission Arabsat-6A. (more...)
SpaceX launches first commercial mission of Falcon Heavy SpaceX launches first commercial mission of Falcon Heavy
- April 13, 2019

The total cost of one of its Falcon 9 launches is estimated to reach £44 million ($61m), while each of its larger Falcon Heavy flights costs £65 million ($90m). Touchdown! The two side boosters successfully landed at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The next step is to put the fairings to work again on a Falcon 9 rocket that will blast additional Starlink satellites into orbit, scheduled for later this year. (more...)
Bones from Philippine cave reveal a new human cousin Bones from Philippine cave reveal a new human cousin
- April 13, 2019

Fossils found inside a cave in the Philippines have linked humanity to a long lost cousin. A Homo luzonensis toe bone, showing the longitudinal curve. It might have been the newfound species or an ancestor of it. He speculated that it might have descended from an earlier human relative, Homo erectus , that somehow crossed the sea to Luzon. (more...)
SpaceX launches mega rocket year after debut with sports auto SpaceX launches mega rocket year after debut with sports auto
- April 12, 2019

The Arabsat 6A communications satellite was built by Lockheed Martin. Falcon Heavy is created to launch large commercial payloads into high orbits, take on heavy-duty national security missions and potentially power interplanetary missions as well. (more...)
Meet the Genius Behind the First Black Hole Image Meet the Genius Behind the First Black Hole Image
- April 12, 2019

Bouman's CHIRP system also produced a more reliable image than traditional methods of astrophotography by creating a model that adjusts the information provided by the radio telescopes and using available data to meet expectations about what the black hole should look like. (more...)
This female grad student made black hole image possible This female grad student made black hole image possible
- April 11, 2019

Katie is set to start teaching as an assistant professor at the California Institute of Technology in the fall. The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. "Radio wavelengths come with a lot of advantages", Bouman said in the press release. "We didn't want to accidentally see a ring just because we wanted to see a ring", she said . (more...)
Moon landing among flights listed on Ben Gurion Airport arrivals chart Moon landing among flights listed on Ben Gurion Airport arrivals chart
- April 11, 2019

Israel, he said, would try again soon to reach the moon and land in the correct way. The project began as part of the Google Lunar XPrize , which in 2010 offered $30 million in awards to encourage scientists and entrepreneurs to come up with relatively low-priced moon missions . (more...)
Meet the woman behind the first-ever image of a black hole Meet the woman behind the first-ever image of a black hole
- April 11, 2019

But humble Katie, who's now an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences at the California Institute of Technology, insisted her team deserves equal credit for the release of the image. That's where Bouman's algorithm - along with several others - came in. Now we know that Bouman's work was definitely up to the task. Katie Bouman has worked on the imaging project for the Event Horizon Telescope for about 12 years. (more...)
Tiny Israeli spacecraft Beresheet enters orbit around the moon Tiny Israeli spacecraft Beresheet enters orbit around the moon
- April 11, 2019

The NIS 370 million ($100 million) spacecraft is a joint venture between the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries , funded nearly entirely by private donations from well-known Jewish philanthropists. In Hebrew, Beresheet means in the beginning or Genesis, launched in the month of February. Also note: All photos in this article were captured by the Beresheet spacecraft in transit to the moon! Above you'll see a broadcast from mission control at the IAI, below you'll ... (more...)
Adani's Australian coal mine moves closer, wins key environmental approval Adani's Australian coal mine moves closer, wins key environmental approval
- April 10, 2019

The project still requires nine more approvals to be granted from the Queensland and Commonwealth governments before mining can commence. In the meantime, Adani plans to lobby central Queensland households with a letter drop campaign calling for the state government to back the mine. (more...)
SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch delayed again to Wednesday SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch delayed again to Wednesday
- April 10, 2019

Whenever possible, SpaceX plans to launch at lower speeds so they can land and possibly reuse the boosters that make up Falcon Heavy. The launch is scheduled for no earlier than 3:35 p.m. Today, the rocket is the single most powerful spacecraft in operation and SpaceX claims the Heavy exceeds NASA's historic Saturn V rocket by a factor of two. (more...)
Truth About 'Alien' Lights In Norway And Extraterrestrial Visit Theory Truth About 'Alien' Lights In Norway And Extraterrestrial Visit Theory
- April 10, 2019

The Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment ( AZURE ) mission was conducted on April. 5 from the Andøya Space Center in Norway, with the initial Black Brant XI sounding rocket launching at 6:14 p.m. The eye-catching clouds definitely caused a stir, and this won't be the last time we see them. According to VOL, a Norwegian news website, the police received several reports about the glowing lights, which admittedly looked like an alien invasion scene straight out of a sci-fi movie. (more...)

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