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Quadrantids shower to light up skies on January 3
- January 01, 2021

Star-watchers will be able to catch a glimpse of this weekend's quadruple meteor showers, which are illuminating the sky with up to 200 bright stars every hour. To find the radiant, or the point from which the meteors appear to emanate, you will need to look for the constellation Bootes. However, the waning moon will remain for most of the night, "forming a bright light source in the sky, making meteors hard to spot". (more...)
First case of United Kingdom's coronavirus variant detected in Quebec First case of United Kingdom's coronavirus variant detected in Quebec
- January 01, 2021

The number of Canadians who have died from the illness since the pandemic began has reached 15,001 as of December 28, according to a new report from CTV News . Alberta confirmed its first case yesterday (December 28). B.C. The move comes after Canada's first confirmed case of the variant was reported in Ontario over the weekend. (more...)
Biden to push for increased supply of vaccines
- January 01, 2021

Repeated court challenges by the Trump campaign in election swing states won by Biden have failed as well as appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a Black woman of South Asian descent, from becoming vice president. Mr Biden went after the Trump administration over their vaccination efforts, warning that the project, dubbed "Operation Warp Speed", was moving at a slower pace than needed. (more...)
Japan is building wooden satellites because there's too much junk in space Japan is building wooden satellites because there's too much junk in space
- December 31, 2020

As for the type of wood, Sumitomo Forestry is keeping mum. The advantage of a wooden satellite is that it would burn up during re-entry without leaving any junks behind in the orbit. Elon Musk's SpaceX has launched nearly 900 of its high-speed internet Starlink satellites to date, and plans to eventually launch between 12,000 and 42,000. (more...)
China's Sinopharm says COVID-19 vaccine efficacy over 79 percent China's Sinopharm says COVID-19 vaccine efficacy over 79 percent
- December 31, 2020

According to the BBC , Sinopharm, a state-run Chinese firm, is developing two COVID-19 vaccines. Aside from the approved Sinopharm vaccine, China has four coronavirus candidates which have reached Phase 3 clinical trials - the last and most important step of testing before regulatory approval is sought. (more...)
Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine approved for use in Britain
- December 31, 2020

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has become the second coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Britain following the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Earlier Wednesday, the United Kingdom announced the vaccine's approval, with the health secretary saying rollout will start January 4 in that country. (more...)
Rare 13th full moon to take place tonight Rare 13th full moon to take place tonight
- December 29, 2020

For the unknown, the cold moon is the last full moon of the year, or better known as the full moon of December. The Moon names used in The Old Farmer's Almanac come from Native American, Colonial American, or other traditional sources passed down through generations. (more...)
Myrtle Beach Safari owner, of ‘Tiger King,’ facing animal trafficking, cruelty charges Myrtle Beach Safari owner, of ‘Tiger King,’ facing animal trafficking, cruelty charges
- December 29, 2020

Wilson . Antle, the owner of the Myrtle Beach Safari in SC, was one of the characters in 'Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, ' a 2020 Netflix documentary miniseries that focused on tiger breeders in Florida and Oklahoma. Joe is now serving 22 years in prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot and wildlife charges. 'During a 12 hour seizure hearing held on August 29, 2019 in Frederick County General District Court, animal welfare experts testified as to the inadequate ... (more...)
‘Artificial Sun’ on Earth reaches record 100 million degrees temperature ‘Artificial Sun’ on Earth reaches record 100 million degrees temperature
- December 29, 2020

We're still talking about seconds of production for now, but the Korean superconducting search device Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) recently set a world record by keeping its plasma at an ultra-high temperature of 180 million degrees Fahrenheit for 20 seconds - almost twice the time of a second. (more...)
Christmas Tree Recycling Program Accepting Trees Christmas Tree Recycling Program Accepting Trees
- December 29, 2020

Trees will be mulched and the mulch will be used at Hays County Parks . Mulching the tree and using it in landscaping beds. If you used an artificial tree this year you'll either need to pack it away for next year or, if it's outlived its prime, throw it away like any other Christmas trash. (more...)
Soyuz launch marks end of an era for NASA Soyuz launch marks end of an era for NASA
- December 28, 2020

Eastern, placing the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft into orbit nine minutes later. The spacecraft, making an "ultra-fast" two-orbit approach, docked with the station's Rassvet module at 4:48 a.m. As for NASA's other commercial crew partner, Boeing, it's still working to remedy a host of problems revealed during that underwhelming launch of its CST-100 Starliner late previous year. (more...)
QNHG members observe rare celestial conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn QNHG members observe rare celestial conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn
- December 25, 2020

Jupiter passes its neighbor Saturn in their respective laps around the sun every 20 years. The 2020 great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226. NASA says the conjuntion taking place on the winter solstice is merely a coincidence, based on the orbits of the planets and the tilt of the Earth. (more...)
Another record day of infections as non essential shops set to close Another record day of infections as non essential shops set to close
- December 25, 2020

The number of hospitalizations has decreased by 15 since Wednesday, totalling 1,052 across Quebec. Wednesday, 3,942 vaccines were administered, for a total of 11,171, and 40,358 tests were conducted. December 24, 2020. With over 1,000 cases of the variant discovered in the United Kingdom, scientists are puzzled to determine if the variant, named as VUI-202012/01, represents an increased health risk especially when some nations has now begun administering vaccines among people. (more...)
Kilauea volcano erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island Kilauea volcano erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island
- December 21, 2020

Excessive exposure to ash is an eye and respiratory irritant, it said. They said the situation is "rapidly evolving" and they will provide more information about the eruption when they have it. Hawaii Island, or the Big Island, is the largest of the eight main islands which make up the Pacific US state - an archipelago that includes hundreds of smaller volcanic islands. (more...)
Google Doodle celebrates winter solstice and The Great Conjunction Google Doodle celebrates winter solstice and The Great Conjunction
- December 21, 2020

Viewers would not require any special equipment to witness the event, as the planets would be visible with naked eye as Jupiter and Saturn are bright. They will be visible almost an hour after sunset in the southwestern sky. Since the positions of Jupiter and saturn align about every 20 years, the Great Conjunction would not seem to be a big deal. (more...)
Queensland reintroduces its hard border with NSW amid Sydney's coronavirus outbreak Queensland reintroduces its hard border with NSW amid Sydney's coronavirus outbreak
- December 21, 2020

Victorian residents now in NSW will have an extra 24 hours to return home or face going into hotel quarantine. "While we will not have these restrictions any longer than we need to, we need the community to be prepared that this is likely to continue over Christmas and potentially into the new year", said Minister Stephen-Smith. (more...)
Vaccines likely to protect people for over half a year: China officials Vaccines likely to protect people for over half a year: China officials
- December 21, 2020

It would also lower the risks of domestic outbreaks of the epidemic, said Cui. China is now planning wider distribution of the experimental shots with those working in hospitals, customs and cold-chain logistics as well as vulnerable groups, including people with pre-existing medical conditions, to receive them first. (more...)
Thurston County reports 41 COVID-19 cases on Sunday Thurston County reports 41 COVID-19 cases on Sunday
- December 21, 2020

Statewide, the Illinois Department of Health reported there have been 900,370 positive cases in the state of Illinois and 15,202 deaths. Starke County's total number of COVID-19 deaths remains at 34 and Pulaski County's total number of COVID-19 deaths remains at 29. (more...)
Jupiter, Saturn coming closer on Monday Jupiter, Saturn coming closer on Monday
- December 20, 2020

Through December 25, they will become even cozier. The best way to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon is to look about one hour after sunset, according to NASA . "To be successful in observing this conjunction, you will need to have a clear South-Western horizon and no low clouds in the distance". They provided a history of how in 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope to the night sky, discovering the four moons of Jupiter - Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. (more...)
On Winter Solstice This Year, Get Ready For The Jupiter-Saturn Rendezvous On Winter Solstice This Year, Get Ready For The Jupiter-Saturn Rendezvous
- December 20, 2020

What happens on the winter solstice? What appears to be a connection of two planets can be observed from Earth every 20 years, and this year the winter solstice falls on the same day. With your naked eye look for two dots - the smaller Saturn appearing to chase the larger, brighter Jupiter . That's what makes this conjunction so rare. (more...)

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