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Lunar eclipse 2020: Check India timings, peak time Lunar eclipse 2020: Check India timings, peak time
- November 30, 2020

There are three types of lunar eclipses - total, partial, and penumbral. When the sun gets partially blocked by the Earth and sunlight does not reach the Moon, it is called a penumbral lunar eclipse . Unfortunately, it will not be visible in India as it will take place in the daytime, when the moon is below the horizon. A number of live streams will be available online for interested viewers. (more...)
No luck for Indians during lunar eclipse
- November 29, 2020

NASA has revealed that sky-gazers are in for another treat after having observed the full moon this month. But the full moon in November, the final one before the winter solistice, has many names around the world. Once the deepest phase has passed, a slight smudging of grey may be visible on the right edge of the moon for around 20 more minutes. The lunar eclipse after achieving its peak position will gradually start fading and completely end by 5:22 PM in the evening. (more...)
NASA astronaut Victor Glover shares first video from space NASA astronaut Victor Glover shares first video from space
- November 28, 2020

The scale of detail and sensory inputs made this a breathtaking perspective", he wrote while sharing the clip on Twitter . 'Flying has been such an important part of my professional life and I love to do it, ' Glover said in a NASA video. (more...)
More than 100 whales die after beaching themselves in New Zealand More than 100 whales die after beaching themselves in New Zealand
- November 28, 2020

Great white sharks were believed to be stalking the rough sea waters as 97 of the toothed wales and three dolphins died after getting stuck at Waitangi West Beach on Wednesday. The small wales - consisting of long and short-finned species - are very sociable creatures but for centuries have been susceptible to hunters for their bones, meat and oil. (more...)
Russian spacecraft sends crew to the ISS on a record speed
- November 27, 2020

Normally, it would take twice as long for a crew to reach the space station orbiting 250 miles above Earth. The trip was an ultrafast, two-orbit one, thus the trip to the ISS took only three hours. "We don't get to choose our launch date or what occurs on station but certainly I feel incredibly lucky to be on station when...these events are happening", said the American astronaut, who was celebrating her 42nd birthday on Wednesday. (more...)
FDA sets meetings to discuss Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines FDA sets meetings to discuss Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines
- November 26, 2020

Pfizer and BioNTech, a pair of pharmaceutical companies that announced earlier this month that they have developed a COVID-19 vaccine candidate which is more than 90 percent effective, are applying to the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) for an emergency use authorization that would allow for quicker distribution of their vaccine. (more...)
Surge in greenhouse gases sustained despite COVID lockdowns: U.N. Surge in greenhouse gases sustained despite COVID lockdowns: U.N.
- November 25, 2020

The UN's meteorological body said the global average for carbon concentrations in 2019 breached the threshold of 410 parts per million (ppm) and the rise has continued in 2020. "The lockdown-related fall in emissions is just a tiny blip on the long-term graph", World Meteorological Organisation chief Petteri Taalas said, according to the SBS . (more...)
Jupiter and Saturn will look like double planets Jupiter and Saturn will look like double planets
- November 25, 2020

Summers are now slowly approaching each other, and they will begin to reach their peak between December 16 and Christmas Day, presumably in the winter coincidence of the above. During Christmas week, the two largest planets in the solar system will do something that hasn't been seen in almost 800 years. "For most telescopes, each planet and their many large moons are visible at a single glance that evening". (more...)
Big shooting star show set to light up our self-iso lives
- November 25, 2020

The Earth experiences a meteor shower when the Earth's orbit coincides with the comet's . We get it. Luckily, there will still be some notable activity happening in the sky for around 24-hours following the brunt of the show, with some meteors passing through up to a week out, so hopefully you'll still get to see a bit of the action! The annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower is one of the few visible to the naked eye, and the best time to see it is between 2am and 6am on Wednesday May 6. (more...)
China launches robotic spacecraft to the moon China launches robotic spacecraft to the moon
- November 24, 2020

China is also planning to build a base on the moon with the country aiming to establish a lunar mission by 2029. After being captured by the Moon's gravity, the spacecraft will enter the lunar orbit , which is about 200 kilometers from the Moon. (more...)
Crewed Soyuz MS-17 Launch To ISS Only Took 3 Hours
- November 24, 2020

Journeys to the ISS generally take around six hours - a period that was an vast enhancement for the two-day flights that won preceding 2013. Wednesday's manned journey even beat the fastest time for missions just carrying supplies to the station. (more...)
Florida man wrestles his dog from jaws of an alligator Florida man wrestles his dog from jaws of an alligator
- November 23, 2020

Snapping its jaws, it pulled the puppy into the water, prompting to Wilbanks to leap into action. Even after being dragged underwater by the alligator, "Gunner is doing just fine", according to KMOV. Wilbanks' encounter with the alligator was caught on camera thanks to a partnership between the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fSTOP Foundation , which is part of a campaign called "Sharing the Landscape". (more...)
China To Launch Mission, Seeking First Lunar Rock Retrieval Since 1970s China To Launch Mission, Seeking First Lunar Rock Retrieval Since 1970s
- November 23, 2020

The Chang'e-5 probe, named after the traditional Chinese goddess of the moon, will search to gather materials that may assist scientists perceive extra concerning the moon's origins and formation. "Lunar scientists have been advocating robotic missions to return samples to these various critical regions in order to address a set of fundamental questions left over from previous exploration", Head said. (more...)
Abnormalities in immune system's T cells linked to severe COVID-19 Abnormalities in immune system's T cells linked to severe COVID-19
- November 23, 2020

Crucially, the researchers found that none of those with high T-cell responses became infected with Covid in the following four months - suggesting this part of the immune system is an effective protective factor. "These so-called memory T-cells after SARS-CoV-2 infection look similar to those after a real flu", said study co-author Dr Maike Hofmann, a scientist at the Department of Medicine II at the Medical Center - University of Freiburg. (more...)
Denmark says mutated coronavirus from mink farms `most likely eradicated` Denmark says mutated coronavirus from mink farms `most likely eradicated`
- November 22, 2020

There are around 100,000 minks in three farms across the country in Laois, Donegal and Kerry. On Wednesday, Danish Minister for Food and Agriculture Mogens Jensen resigned as the government declared the culling of all farmed mink across the country illegal since it had only been allowed in affected areas. (more...)
COVID-19 reinfection unlikely for at least 6 months, study finds COVID-19 reinfection unlikely for at least 6 months, study finds
- November 22, 2020

Previously it was feared antibodies wane after just a couple of months but a number of recent studies have shown both T-cells and antibodies last for at least six months, meaning those who have recovered from an infection are protected for at least that amount of time . (more...)
NASA spacecraft lands on asteroid Bennu, grabs sample NASA spacecraft lands on asteroid Bennu, grabs sample
- November 22, 2020

The OSIRIS-REx team took it slow and steady, sending commands that took the spacecraft through a four-hour descent sequence. The van-sized machine quickly managed to fulfill its primary mission of collecting nearly two ounces worth of samples before lifting off again, according to CNN . (more...)
Soyuz MS-17 Launches Three Astronauts From Baikonur
- November 22, 2020

The space capsule docked at the International Space Station at 2.48 p.m. Nur-Sultan time, in three hours and three minutes for the first time in history, according to Roscosmos, after completing just two orbits around the Earth. "Today's launch is very important for us, because crew member Sergey Vladimirovich (Kud-Sverchkov) was born in the town of Baikonur". Before joining the USA space agency, NASA, Rubins worked as a microbiologist and was involved in research on viruses . (more...)
Partial Lunar Eclipse to be Visible in Pakistan Tonight
- November 22, 2020

When this happens, the Earth blocks part of the Sun's light from reaching the Moon and covers all or part of the Moon with its outer shadow. However, our calendar is not perfectly synchronised with astronomical events, therefore, every now and then, a year has 13 full moons. (more...)
How to Watch Today's SpaceX Sentinel-6 Launch How to Watch Today's SpaceX Sentinel-6 Launch
- November 21, 2020

With spectators filling Lompoc Valley viewing sites, a Falcon 9 rocket roared to life Saturday morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base en route to delivering NASA newest ocean-monitoring satellite to space. Falcon 9 rocket carrying Copernicus Sentinel-6. As scientists look to accurate results from Sentinel-6, launch teams are working to stay safe amid the latest pandemic protocols such as checking temperature while entering buildings, and physical distance between workers and quarantines ... (more...)

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