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The SiriusXM satellite brings the SpaceX rocket into orbit The SiriusXM satellite brings the SpaceX rocket into orbit
- December 14, 2020

Today's flight marks the second time SpaceX has successfully flown and subsequently recovered a booster seven times. SiriusXM's SXM 7 spacecraft, built by Maxar in Palo Alto, California, is the first of a new generation of digital broadcast satellite that will join the company's fleet in the coming months. (more...)
Total Solar Eclipse 2020: Date, Timings in India, Visibility Total Solar Eclipse 2020: Date, Timings in India, Visibility
- December 14, 2020

The first solar eclipse of the year took place on June 21, 2020, and was visible from Earth. Today's Surya Grahan will not be visible in these areasHowever, the Partial Solar Eclipse of December 14, 2020, would not be visible from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Fiji, Mauritius, UAE and other Asian countries. (more...)
Global carbon dioxide emissions decline by 7 percent in 2020 Global carbon dioxide emissions decline by 7 percent in 2020
- December 13, 2020

By December 2020, emissions from road transport and aviation were still below their 2019 levels, by approximately 10 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively, due to prolonged restrictions. "Government actions to stimulate the economy at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic can also help lower emissions and tackle climate change". By sector, emissions from surface transport, such as cars, trucks and buses, accounted for the largest share of the global decrease, falling by roughly half at the peak ... (more...)
Keyontae Johnson collapses, rushed to hospital Keyontae Johnson collapses, rushed to hospital
- December 13, 2020

According to the Florida radio broadcast, Johnson was walking to the top of the arc after breaking the huddle when he fell face-first and laid unconscious on the court. Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said administrators twice gave the Gators the option of stopping or continuing the game - at that time and again at halftime - and said they ultimately made a decision to play. (more...)
ULA launches long-delayed NRO mission aboard Delta 4 Heavy rocket ULA launches long-delayed NRO mission aboard Delta 4 Heavy rocket
- December 13, 2020

At T-3 seconds, a Terminal Count Sequencer Rack (TCSR) initiated an automatic abort, shutting down the engines and triggering a series of sequences to safe the rocket and de-tank the fuels. "United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy rocket serves the nation's high-priority U.S. Space Force and National Reconnaissance Office space programs with distinction as America's proven heavy-lifter", ULA says. (more...)
Partial solar eclipse Sunday Partial solar eclipse Sunday
- December 13, 2020

The eclipse will pass India around 3:04 pm. For viewers in Canada, the maximum eclipse occurs at 2:39 a.m. EDT on June 21. The annular solar eclipse on Bangladesh sky through the lenses of Dhaka Tribune's Chief Photographer Syed Zakir Hossain and photojournalist Mehedi Hasan. (more...)
A Strawberry Moon rises along with a partial eclipse on Friday
- December 12, 2020

The June full moon will occur on June 5 at 3:12pm EDT (June 6 at 12:42am IST) and the people will be able to watch it for the next three days. The term "honeymoon" dates back in Europe to at least the 1500s. While you prepare your cameras to shoot the strawberry moon, here are some stunning photos from around the world. According to Space it's when "the outer ring of Earth's shadow just grazes the moon". (more...)
Geminid Meteor shower to be BEST EVER with new Moon Geminid Meteor shower to be BEST EVER with new Moon
- December 12, 2020

But this year, it will be appear to be at an even faster rate, as the peak of the shower overlaps with an nearly new moon. The Geminids are thought to be intensifying every year, and this year is no different. However, on the evening of December 21, the two planets will get so close together that they will appear to form a "double planet". However, the real origin for the shooting starts is debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon . (more...)
Jupiter, Saturn to form double planet on December 21, Report Jupiter, Saturn to form double planet on December 21, Report
- December 12, 2020

The so-called " Christmas star " should be visible in the southwest sky about 45 minutes after dark, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle. If you see it, count yourself lucky. Jupiter and Saturn last approached this closely to each other in July 1623, but as with the conjunction in 2000, it was hard to spot. (more...)
Northern Health adapts contact tracing method following surge in COVID-19 cases Northern Health adapts contact tracing method following surge in COVID-19 cases
- December 12, 2020

The province has sent a rapid-response team of paramedics to Fort St. James, BC, where at least 60 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the community of around 1,500. BC set a grim new all time daily high for COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday. The farmer and seven staff have tested positive and authorities have begun testing the mink that are now under quarantine. (more...)
Trump Administration Declines to Tighten US Soot Pollution Standard Trump Administration Declines to Tighten US Soot Pollution Standard
- December 12, 2020

The decision was part of a five-year review of limits required under the Clean Air Act. Public health and environmental groups said the move undermines future regulators' ability to set stricter limits on air pollution because they will not be able to account for the full range of health benefits of a proposed rule if they mainly factor in its cost to justify it. (more...)
Human-made materials outweigh Earth`s entire biomass now, says study Human-made materials outweigh Earth`s entire biomass now, says study
- December 11, 2020

It means that our plastics, our concrete, electronic waste materials etc along with other things weigh more than plants, animals and other biomass. The study, published today in Nature and conducted in the group of Prof. "We hope that once we all have these somewhat shocking figures before our eyes, we can, as a species, take responsibility". Drawing on a host of industrial and ecological data, the study estimated human production accounts for roughly 30 gigatonnes annually. (more...)
Meteor Shower Will Make It Look Like Christmas Lights in the Sky Meteor Shower Will Make It Look Like Christmas Lights in the Sky
- December 11, 2020

The Geminid meteor shower was first recorded in 1833 by observers on a MS riverboat. It peaks Sunday night. The best time to look is during the dark hours before sunrise on December 14 from about 2 a.m.to 4.30 a.m. The weekend's free "celestial fireworks" will be viewable across the island as the Geminid shower is known for producing "bright fireballs", Mr Moore said. (more...)
Honey bees use poop power to repel hornet invaders Honey bees use poop power to repel hornet invaders
- December 11, 2020

Worryingly, the team warned, honey bees in North America - already threatened by disease, habitat loss and pesticide use - have yet to learn to employ such defences. And it worked - researchers found that colonies with heavy to moderate spotting of poop had a reduced likelihood of being attacked, researchers said. (more...)
Three Southlanders Selected For NASA's Artemis Space Missions Three Southlanders Selected For NASA's Artemis Space Missions
- December 11, 2020

The agency's modern lunar exploration program intends to land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable human lunar presence by the end of the decade. That 2024 date is particularly ambitious, however, given the massive budget shortfall NASA is now facing for lander development. "There is so much exciting work ahead of us as we return to the moon , and it will take the entire astronaut corps to make that happen", Pat Forrester, chief of the astronaut ... (more...)
Strong solar flares mean rare northern light possible in North Carolina Strong solar flares mean rare northern light possible in North Carolina
- December 10, 2020

The best chances of sustained visibility of the northern lights will be in pockets of western Canada. The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) is forecasting a "KP" level of 7 and has issued a "G3" watch. It's expected to peak between 10 p.m. tonight and 1 a.m. tomorrow morning. It's definitely worth trying to get a glimpse tonight, even if it doesn't pan out for southern MI. (more...)
Minks test positive for COVID-19 on BC farm where workers sick
- December 10, 2020

The provincial Ministry of Agriculture said Wednesday the animal samples were gathered after several workers at the mink farm tested positive for COVID-19. "Since June 2020, a total of 644 people associated with mink farming have tested positive", the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a December 3 update on the mink-associated cases. (more...)
Message From The NASA Administrator: Artemis Team Announcement Message From The NASA Administrator: Artemis Team Announcement
- December 10, 2020

NASA astronauts will make the trip to the Moon using the in-development Orion spacecraft, which will launch atop the Space Launch System rocket, both of which are NASA-owned, and built by contractors ( Lockheed Martin/Airbus and Boeing respectively). (more...)
US judge rejects attempt to overturn Biden's MI victory US judge rejects attempt to overturn Biden's MI victory
- December 09, 2020

Trump and his allies have lost numerous cases aimed at overturning election results in states Trump lost in the November 3 election after winning them in 2016, making unfounded claims of fraud. Biden had won the state. On Friday, California certified its results, bringing Biden's tally of pledged electors in the Electoral College to 279, with just 270 votes needed to win. (more...)
Jupiter and Saturn to have closest visible encounter in almost 800 years Jupiter and Saturn to have closest visible encounter in almost 800 years
- December 09, 2020

However, the conjunction will be more easily distinguishable with the use of binoculars or a telescope, including Saturn's rings and Jupiter's four largest moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. "It's one of these rare times when the majesty of the solar system presents itself to the naked eye". On December 21, the planets will be so close together in the night's sky that it will be the closest they have been since 1226. (more...)

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