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Largest supermoon of 2020 rises over a world battling COVID-19
- June 29, 2020

With the three full supermoons with April-May and another set of three within September-November, the year gives us a visual treat on skywatching. "It will be a spectacular sight to witness as it will be (one of) the brightest and the biggest full moons of 2020, and is being widely publicised as the Pink Supermoon ", the renowned astrophysicist said in a statement. (more...)
A decade in an hour: Watch NASA’s stunning solar time-lapse A decade in an hour: Watch NASA’s stunning solar time-lapse
- June 28, 2020

In a stunning hour-long video, NASAs sun-pointing semi-autonomous spacecraft, the Solar Dynamics Observatory , has put together a time lapse of its 10 years of observing the Sun. And though NASA's SDO has watched the Sun without respite for 10 years, there are notable anomalies during the time-lapse. "The images where the Sun is off-center were observed when SDO was calibrating its instruments", the space agency said. (more...)
Government Thinkers Say Raise Car Fuel Taxes to Subsidise EVs Government Thinkers Say Raise Car Fuel Taxes to Subsidise EVs
- June 28, 2020

But the committee insists that ministers ought to deliver the appropriate economic messages to buyers. The CCC chair, Lord Deben, says it makes sense to raises fuel prices when the cost of oil is low - and use the proceeds to subsidise low-emissions vehicles. (more...)
SpaceX postpones launch of Starlink satellites indefinitely SpaceX postpones launch of Starlink satellites indefinitely
- June 28, 2020

In addition to the 57 Starlink satellites, the SpaceX rocket on Friday will also have a pair of satellites for Spaceflight Industries, on behalf of Earth-observation business BlackSky. The launch on Friday takes SpaceX one step closer to beaming high-speed broadband down from space and into people's homes. The missile in this mission will be the third supporter of the first stage who flies five times. (more...)
A Black hole faced with inexplicable object A Black hole faced with inexplicable object
- June 28, 2020

Gordon Baym of the University of IL recalled that a collision between two neutron stars resulted in a single neutron star of 2.7 solar masses. Previous observations have shown that when two black holes spiral around each other and ultimately collide and merge they generate ripples in space and time known as gravitational waves, the phenomena being a direct effect of Einstein's theory of gravity. (more...)
Mexico quake kills at least five and causes panic Mexico quake kills at least five and causes panic
- June 28, 2020

Oaxaca is one of Mexico's most quake-prone states, with 25 percent of all earthquakes in Mexico occurring there, according to a special report from the SSN. The tremor could be felt as far away as Mexico City. In Huatulco, a laid-back beach destination known for surfing and small protected coves, the quake knocked goods off shelves and some rubble from buildings. (more...)
Nasa launches Lunar Loo challenge Nasa launches Lunar Loo challenge
- June 27, 2020

The new NASA challenge includes a Technical category and junior category and the last date to send designs is August 17. "NASA is looking for a next-generation device that is smaller, more efficient, and capable of operating in both microgravity and lunar gravity ". (more...)
Astronomers Discover Two Super-Earths Orbiting a Star 11 Light-Years Away Astronomers Discover Two Super-Earths Orbiting a Star 11 Light-Years Away
- June 27, 2020

At 10.7 light-years away, Lacaille 9352 is the 12th closest star system to the Sun. For those unaware, super-Earths are planets that have mass higher than Earth but substantially lower than Neptune and Uranus. The researchers say GJ 887 is less active than other red dwarfs, so the newly discovered worlds may be spared from strong stellar winds - outflowing material from the star which can erode a planet's atmosphere. (more...)
NASA Releases Stunning 10-Year Time-Lapse Of The Sun NASA Releases Stunning 10-Year Time-Lapse Of The Sun
- June 27, 2020

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was launched back in February 2010 with a mission to reveal the workings of our enigmatic star, and shed light on how space weather could influence and disrupt life on Earth . However, the moments when either the Earth or some other solar system body came between the Sun and the SDO image capturing device, the images could not be clicked and those moments are represented in the video by the dark frames in the video, NASA said. (more...)
United Kingdom climate change report: Six key points United Kingdom climate change report: Six key points
- June 27, 2020

These are considered urgent steps that must be taken in the months ahead to initiate a green, resilient Covid-19 recovery . Electricity: Networks should be strengthened to assistance electrification of transportation and heating. This year's report is significant as it advises the government on how to pursue a green economic recovery after the pandemic. "We're nearly at the point where you can envision an energy system based on renewables, especially wind, and no one blinks when you say ... (more...)
Mexico natural disaster: Powerful 7.7 M quake kills 6, tsunami inform issued Mexico natural disaster: Powerful 7.7 M quake kills 6, tsunami inform issued
- June 27, 2020

This is along the Pacific coast, around 315 miles south of the country's capital, Mexico City. Mexico's oil refinery in Salina Cruz, some 143 km from La Crucecita, briefly suspended operations as a precaution, and restarted once more. A 2017 quake near Mexico City killed more than 300 people, and fear of a similar disaster runs deep here. On Tuesday the country recorded its highest number of cases in a 24-hour period, with 6,288 new infections, according to the Ministry of Health. (more...)
Ocean on Jupiters Moon Europa ‘could be habitable Ocean on Jupiters Moon Europa ‘could be habitable
- June 26, 2020

His staff and daswani provide some additional context for this theory, noting that differentiation may be responsible for layers of high temperatures and water as soon as you crack the surface ice. On this basis, researchers believe that the ocean "could be quite habitable for life". He continued: "Europa is one of our best chances of finding life in our solar system". (more...)
Exoplanet slightly larger than Neptune found near Earth Exoplanet slightly larger than Neptune found near Earth
- June 26, 2020

That explains in part why it took almost 15 years to detect the exoplanet , called AU Mic b . Not only is the detection of exoplanets hard in these systems, but they are also very rare because a system's period of planetary formation is relatively short compared to the life of a star, the authors wrote. (more...)
New NHL Seattle Arena will be called ‘Climate Pledge Arena’ New NHL Seattle Arena will be called ‘Climate Pledge Arena’
- June 26, 2020

Amazon is investing in the overhaul of the KeyArena facility, in conjunction with the Oak View Group, the sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff that is leading redevelopment and operations of the arena. The ice will be the greenest in the world. I don't need any more branding. In fact, given the environmental efforts within the new arena , it'll be called "Climate Pledge Arena". (more...)
Tropical Storm Dolly forms in north Atlantic, expected to be short lived Tropical Storm Dolly forms in north Atlantic, expected to be short lived
- June 25, 2020

National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., says Dolly was about 600 kilometres southeast of Halifax by Tuesday afternoon, churning out 75 kilometre-per-hour winds. Debby formed over the south-central Gulf of Mexico before slamming into the Big Bend area of Florida on June 26, 2012. Dolly is a reminder of the active season forecast to come as it is the third earliest formation for the 4th named storm in a year. (more...)
A black hole just ran into something scientists can’t explain A black hole just ran into something scientists can’t explain
- June 25, 2020

Financial support for the Advanced LIGO project was led by the NSF with Germany (Max Planck Society), the U.K. ( Science and Technology Facilities Council) and Australia (Australian Research Council-OzGrav) making significant commitments and contributions to the project. (more...)
Fears as Sahara dust cloud heads to Bahamas Fears as Sahara dust cloud heads to Bahamas
- June 25, 2020

The traveling dust was also expected because, according to NOAA's Hurricane Research Division, every three to five days from late spring through early fall, such a dust cloud, known as the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), forms over the Sahara Desert and starts moving westward across the Atlantic. (more...)
Mexico quake death toll rises to 10 Mexico quake death toll rises to 10
- June 25, 2020

The regions with a tsunami threat forecast include the coastal areas of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, the release stated. It hit at 11:29 a.m. Many were not wearing masks, despite past appeals from municipal officials for them to do so as a way to curb the spread of the new coronavirus . Mari González of the Princess Mayev hotel in Huatulco said staff and guests were able to evacuate the building before the quake, but that 45 minutes after the initial quake they were still ... (more...)
Gravitational waves reveal merger between black hole and mystery 'mass gap' object Gravitational waves reveal merger between black hole and mystery 'mass gap' object
- June 24, 2020

The Australian National University (ANU), which participated in the research , explained that the "cataclysmic event" was detected on August 14, 2019, by gravitational-wave discovery machines in the USA and Italy. (In 2017, researchers spotted just such a flash of light when two neutron stars merged.) But in this case there was no flash. Neutron star collisions are messy affairs with matter flung outward in all directions and are thus expected to shine with light. (more...)
'Godzilla Dust Cloud' heads for US, Arkansas by end of week 'Godzilla Dust Cloud' heads for US, Arkansas by end of week
- June 24, 2020

This satellite photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, shows a could of dust coming from the Sahara desert arriving to the Caribbean Monday, June 22, 2020. Areas like the Caribbean and Puerto Rico have had low air quality the past few days, as dust has swept across the Atlantic. However, it's not likely to impact the air quality since most particulates should be high in the atmosphere. (more...)

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