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See the Perseid Meteor Shower at Wildwood State Park See the Perseid Meteor Shower at Wildwood State Park
- August 11, 2019

The best viewing will be overnight Sunday into Monday and then again Monday into Tuesday, the space agency says. Under flawless conditions, the Perseids can produce up to 80 or 100 bright meteor streaks an hour. Comet Swift-Tuttle has left a cloud of debris that follows it around the sun. Well, it's not impossible to see them if you're in Detroit , but your best chance is to head out to the suburbs. (more...)
Hubble Space Telescope Takes Detailed Portrait of Jupiter Hubble Space Telescope Takes Detailed Portrait of Jupiter
- August 10, 2019

The image seen here was snapped on June 27, 2019. "The bands are created by differences in the thickness and height of the ammonia ice clouds", STScI officials said in a statement . Much smaller storms appear on Jupiter as white or brown ovals that can last as little as a few hours or stretch on for centuries. This initiative allows Hubble to dedicate time each year to observing the outer planets and provides scientists with access to a collection of maps, which helps them to understand not ... (more...)
Ancient giant parrot discovered in New Zealand Ancient giant parrot discovered in New Zealand
- August 10, 2019

At an estimated 15 pounds, the extinct was almost double the weight of the endangered Kakapo , the largest living parrot. To find out what kind it was, the two bones - from the so-called "drumsticks" of the bird - were compared with dozens of other bones. (more...)
Odds are increasing for an above-normal hurricane season Odds are increasing for an above-normal hurricane season
- August 09, 2019

Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at Noaas Climate Prediction Centre, said: “El Niño typically suppresses Atlantic hurricane activity, but now that its gone, we could see a busier season ahead. This would represent a greater-than-normal level of activity, with six hurricanes being typical of an average six-month hurricane season. The conditions causing this longer period of heightened activity include the stronger West African monsoon, weaker wind shear across the ... (more...)
Perseid meteor shower to light up sky in outback WA Perseid meteor shower to light up sky in outback WA
- August 09, 2019

The peak of the meteor shower is coinciding with the nearly full moon. Count for yourself at the main parking lot at Wildwood State Park . The best time to see a meteor shower is generally between midnight and sunrise, as the radiant is higher in the sky then. (more...)
Israel launches satellite to provide internet to Middle East, Africa Israel launches satellite to provide internet to Middle East, Africa
- August 09, 2019

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted the satellite into space overnight from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida . This first stage has previously flown twice, for the Telstar-19 VANTAGE mission in July, 2018 and the Es'hail-2 mission in November, 2018. (more...)
US rocket launches military communication satellite US rocket launches military communication satellite
- August 09, 2019

Lockheed Martin Space, Sunnyvale, Calif., is the AEHF prime contractor, space and ground segments provider as well as system integrator, with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., as the payload provider. In addition to the five AJ-60A solid rocket motors that helped lift the Atlas V off the launch pad, Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the RL10C-1 rocket engine that provided 22,900 lbs. (more...)
SpaceX Successfully Launches AMOS-17 Mission SpaceX Successfully Launches AMOS-17 Mission
- August 07, 2019

But Mother Nature eventually cooperated, and the liftoff occurred without a hitch. If everything goes as planned, the satellite will provide communication services to parts of Africa, the Middle East, as well as Europe. Usually, the standard prelaunch test for SpaceX missions is a static fire. Spacecom tasked Boeing with building Amos-17 in December 2016 under a $ 161 million contract. (more...)
Perseid meteor shower will compete with light of full moon Perseid meteor shower will compete with light of full moon
- August 06, 2019

The southern Delta Aquariids are active from July 12 until August 23. But today, the sky will light up with the two meteor showers and not just ones. This meteor shower can produce up to 25 meteors per hour on the peak nights of August 4, 5, and 6. (more...)
Astronomers Discover A Potentially Habitable Exoplanet 30 Light Years Away Astronomers Discover A Potentially Habitable Exoplanet 30 Light Years Away
- August 04, 2019

This awesome discovery was made possible by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS for short, but that spacecraft just pointed the way. Given its orbit around its star only takes 55.7 Earth days, life on the planet would be quite different from our 365 days long years. "We describe GJ 357 b as a 'hot Earth , '" said Enric Pallé, study co-author and astrophysicist at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands. (more...)
Astronomers have discovered a planet, which evaporates iron Astronomers have discovered a planet, which evaporates iron
- August 02, 2019

The planet is so dangerously close to its star that its upper atmosphere reaches a blazing 4,600 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10 times greater than any known planetary atmosphere. "This is a planet being actively stripped of its atmosphere", Sing added. According to the researchers, WASP-121b will be a ideal target for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope , scheduled for launch in 2021. (more...)
TESS satellite uncovers 'first nearby super-Earth' TESS satellite uncovers 'first nearby super-Earth'
- August 02, 2019

Right now, it's called GJ 357 d and is also being referred to as a super Earth . GJ 357 sits around 31 light-years from Earth , which is closer than numerous stars known to host exoplanets . The study was published on 31 July in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics . "We describe GJ 357b as a 'hot Earth .' Although it can not host life, it is noteworthy as the third-nearest transiting exoplanet known to date and one of the best rocky planets we have for measuring the composition ... (more...)
'Universal's Epic Universe': Universal Orlando announces new theme park 'Universal's Epic Universe': Universal Orlando announces new theme park
- August 01, 2019

Universal did release a logo and concept art for the new park, even as no actual attractions were specified. Guests will venture beyond their wildest imagination, traveling into beloved stories and through vibrant lands on adventures where the journey is as astounding as the ultimate destination. (more...)
TESS Discovers Habitable Zone Planet in GJ 357 System
- August 01, 2019

The potentially habitable planet due to loads of water assumed to be stored in its depths, and two neighbouring worlds were discovered making the rounds around a dwarf star, which is around a third the size and mass of our own Sun and 40% cooler. (more...)
Flossie becomes a hurricane as it churns west, nearing Hawaii Flossie be