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The Next Supermoon Is Set To Light Up The Sky Tonight The Next Supermoon Is Set To Light Up The Sky Tonight
- April 08, 2020

Regardless of its name, NASA says another supermoon will occur in April, appearing 0.1% closer and brighter than it will tonight. It refers to when the Moon is at its closest point in its orbit to Earth. This year's Holi will kick off with the second-closest supermoon of the year gracing the skies tonight, March 9 . The strawberry moon denoted the strawberry harvest of the same month; the buck and sturgeon moons marked the appearance of these animals in the wild, and therefore the ... (more...)
The ‘Super Pink Moon’ over Brixton, early Weds morning, 8th April 2020 The ‘Super Pink Moon’ over Brixton, early Weds morning, 8th April 2020
- April 08, 2020

And despite the coronavirus lockdown, we Indians had a date with the stunning beauty at 8.05 am this morning. Accordingly, it will technically appear the biggest and brightest of the moons - but not so much that it's noticeable. You will be able to see the (almost) full moon tonight with even clearer skies! The moon will make this close pass to Earth at 2:08 p.m. "And when you start observing and figuring out for yourself, there's just wonderful new worlds of questions that open up". (more...)
China's Wuhan lockdown lifted with mixed reviews China's Wuhan lockdown lifted with mixed reviews
- April 08, 2020

Voicing joy and excitement from behind face masks, tens of thousands of people fled Wuhan after a 76-day travel ban was lifted on the Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged. Beijing imposed hard restrictions on the city in the middle of the night on January 23, with no warning, confining residents to their homes except to buy food or a limited number of other essential activities. (more...)
China officially ends 10-week coronavirus lockdown in Wuhan China officially ends 10-week coronavirus lockdown in Wuhan
- April 08, 2020

A total of 983 imported cases had been recorded so far, the health authority said. Chinese authorities have only recently changed their focus to asymptomatic cases , which until this month were not included in the tally of confirmed infections, despite being an estimated 18-31% of cases, according to Shanghai-based infectious disease doctor Zhang Wenhong. (more...)
Boeing aims to re-fly aborted Starliner test flight to space station Boeing aims to re-fly aborted Starliner test flight to space station
- April 08, 2020

Boeing´s first Starliner spacecraft on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. Shortly after the December failure, Boeing suggested it might not have to refly the mission. The company has worked for the past decade to prepare Starliner for crewed missions, since NASA withdrew its space shuttle program and asked the private sector to design spacecraft capable of transporting astronauts to the International Space Station. (more...)
2020's largest pink supermoon to debut across Croatia's skies tonight 2020's largest pink supermoon to debut across Croatia's skies tonight
- April 08, 2020

If the moon is within 10 per cent of its closest distance to the earth at the moment of full moon, it is considered to be a supermoon , according the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. "Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, rather than just the full Moon itself". The pink moon is also a supermoon . (more...)
There’s a Worm Moon on the rise There’s a Worm Moon on the rise
- April 07, 2020

Some call it the sap moon, which is based on new sap coming in and reinvigorating the trees, while it can also be the crow moon or the sugar moon. Royal Observatory astronomer Emily Drabek-Maunder said Europeans call it the Lenten Moon. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac , a super moon is approximately 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than a "micro moon" - a full moon that is at the point in its orbit when it is farthest away from the Earth. (more...)
Staying at home? Don't forget to watch the pink moon tonight Staying at home? Don't forget to watch the pink moon tonight
- April 07, 2020

Supermoon, which will a little larger than the usual full moon, will be visible from India in the evening of April 8, M P Birla Planetarium Director Debiprasad Duari said. It's also known this month as the "Full Pink Moon", but don't get too excited: the moon won't appear pink. Unfortunately, the Pink Moon does not turn pink but is named after pink ground phlox - a type of flower that blooms in North America at this time of the year. (more...)
A super 'pink moon' will be visible in the sky this week A super 'pink moon' will be visible in the sky this week
- April 05, 2020

This month's full moon occurs on Tuesday, April 7 at 10:30 pm EDT (2:35 UTC April 8) and according to Space , it will also be classified as a supermoon. Perigee is when moon is the closest to earth. This is just a few hundred miles further than the November 2016 supermoon, which at 221,524 miles, was the closest one we have experienced in recent history. (more...)
NASA Brings Back Iconic 'Worm' Logo for First Crewed SpaceX Launch NASA Brings Back Iconic 'Worm' Logo for First Crewed SpaceX Launch
- April 05, 2020

This is the last flight test of the system before SpaceX is only certified to conduct operational crew flights to and from the space station for NASA, the agency said. "What's happening in commercial crew is a big deal", Hess said. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will definitely earn their spacecraft pilot flights with this mission. (more...)
Coronavirus pandemic shakes the earth less Coronavirus pandemic shakes the earth less
- April 05, 2020

Researchers studying Earth's movement have said that the obligation to close transportation systems, business and other human activities correlates with the natural disaster significantly less than usual. Similarly, Los Angeles , California, exhibited a decline in the background noise level, according to data from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology. (more...)
COP26 climate summit in Glasgow postponed COP26 climate summit in Glasgow postponed
- April 04, 2020

Campaigners warned the response to Covid-19 should not become an excuse to undermine efforts to address the climate crisis. "The world is now facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting COVID-19", said COP26 President-Designate and the UK's Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma. (more...)
Hurricanes Are Coming For The Atlantic Coast This Season Hurricanes Are Coming For The Atlantic Coast This Season
- April 03, 2020

CSU now anticipates that these waters are likely to cool relative to their long-term averages over the next several months. El Niño generally increases vertical wind shear, which helps to break up forming hurricanes. The hurricane forecasts provided by each meteorological agency are meant to provide a best estimate of activity across the entire Tropical Atlantic Basin during the entire season. (more...)
Coronavirus: Australian scientists begin tests of potential vaccines Coronavirus: Australian scientists begin tests of potential vaccines
- April 03, 2020

Hundreds of tiny needles deliver the vaccine through the skin. In layman's terms, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 uses the same "spike protein" at issue in the SARS outbreak of 2003 and MERS outbreak in 2014, said Andrea Gambotto, associate professor of surgery and co-senior author of the paper, in Pitt's press release . (more...)
CSIRO begins testing COVID-19 vaccines CSIRO begins testing COVID-19 vaccines
- April 03, 2020

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania say they may have a vaccine against the coronavirus, and a novel painless method to deliver it. You never know where the next pandemic will come from'. Announcing that "CoroFlu" is under development, a statement from the company on Friday said the product is part of an global collaboration of virologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and vaccine companies FluGen along with Bharat Biotech. (more...)
#BeAnAstronaut: NASA flooded with applications to become astronaut and escape Earth #BeAnAstronaut: NASA flooded with applications to become astronaut and escape Earth
- April 03, 2020

The Astronaut Selection Board will now work through the applications and invite the most qualified people to interviews at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. Because the 1960s, NASA has chosen 350 individuals to educate as astronaut prospects for its progressively hard missions to discover room. Those selected will go through about two years of initial skills training, including spacewalking, robotics, and spacecraft systems, before launching into space. (more...)
Frozen and desolate Antarctica once boasted warm, swampy rainforests Frozen and desolate Antarctica once boasted warm, swampy rainforests
- April 03, 2020

Antarctica and the South Pole has moved a bit over the last 90 million years, but tectonic shifts don't account for the emergence and disappearance of the ancient Antarctic forest. To reconstruct the environment of this preserved forest, the team assessed the climatic conditions under which the plants' modern descendants live, as well as analysing temperature and precipitation indicators within the sample. (more...)
Michigan's Brightest Super Moon Of 2020 Is Coming Michigan's Brightest Super Moon Of 2020 Is Coming
- April 02, 2020

Supermoons are relatively rare because the moon's orbital path around the Earth is elliptical instead of circular, meaning that full moons rarely occur when the moon is also at its perigee. The pink supermoon won't actually be pink , but hey, it will still be super. "And if you're thinking of taking a picture to mark the occasion, just be aware that you'll need proper equipment, such as a camera with a long telephoto lens, as the moon captured on a phone will look more like a blob". (more...)
Hubble Space Telescope catches hidden black hole red handed Hubble Space Telescope catches hidden black hole red handed
- April 02, 2020

When it launches in 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope will be the premier observatory of the next decade, according to NASA. A group of planetary experts and astronomers discovered the stellar object. Therefore, the star cluster that is home to 3XMM J215022.4-055108 may be the stripped-down core of a lower-mass dwarf galaxy that has been gravitationally and tidally disrupted by its close interactions with its current larger galaxy host. (more...)
Australians in coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan could get evacuated by Australian Government Australians in coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan could get evacuated by Australian Government
- April 02, 2020

Travel agencies have been told to halt all group tours, and concern is growing over the potential impact of millions of people traveling back to the cities after the Lunar New Year holiday ends on Thursday. They've asked the public for donations of face masks, scrubs and basic medical supplies. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold. (more...)

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