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Saturn's Rings Are Beautiful, But They Won't Last

Saturn's Rings Are Beautiful, But They Won't Last Sad as this news is, it may finally help answer a longstanding question: Did the planet form with its rings, or did they materialize later? But if you could travel 300 million years into the future, you would need to, because by then, chances are those rings would be gone - and they could disappear even faster. [Full Article...]

Why this newly discovered pink dwarf planet is so exciting

Why this newly discovered pink dwarf planet is so exciting Or to put it in Big Lebowski terms : "It's far out, man; far f%^#ing out". The observations were reported today in a circular distributed by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center . 2018 VG18 is much more distant and slower moving than any other observed Solar System object, so it will take a few years to fully determine its orbit. [Full Article...]

Maldives query the point of UN climate talks

Maldives query the point of UN climate talks Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official chairing the talks in Katowice , sealed the deal on Saturday after diplomats and ministers from nearly 200 countries approved. "Under these circumstances, every single step forward is a big achievement". Delegates at the COP24 said China has been at the forefront of the challenging negotiations, working hard with various parties to untangle some of the key poin... [Full Article...]

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi' While the total number of deer taken illegally is unknown, Lawrence County's conservation agent Andy Barnes said it could be "several hundred". "Conservation investigators estimated that the group was responsible for killing hundreds of deer over a three-year period", Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter said. [Full Article...]

‘Brightest Comet’ set to pass by Earth on Sunday

‘Brightest Comet’ set to pass by Earth on Sunday If you're up to a challenge, there's comet to be seen the next clear, reasonably dark night. The comet Wirtanen will make its closet approach to Earth in centuries this weekend, being 7.1 million miles away on Sunday. Cooper said the nucleus of the comet, which passed about every seven years, is only a few kilometres wide, but the halo is hundreds of thousands of kilometres. [Full Article...]

Virgin Galactic celebrates as tourism rocket ship reaches space

Virgin Galactic celebrates as tourism rocket ship reaches space The Air Force considers 50 miles up as the point at which space begins, CBS News space consultant William Harwood reported. For the first time in the company's 14-year history, the Richard Branson space outfit has sent one of their suborbital SpaceShipTwo spacecraft to space - at least by their definition. [Full Article...]

Virgin Galactic rocket ship reaches space

Virgin Galactic rocket ship reaches space In the process, Stucky and Sturckow became Virgin Galactic's first astronauts. Soon, the vehicle pointed nearly straight up, as it streaked through the same skies over the California desert where Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in 1947. [Full Article...]

Where to watch tonight's Geminids meteor shower in Berkeley

Where to watch tonight's Geminids meteor shower in Berkeley This year the source of the Geminids , asteroid 3200 Phaethon , will also be visible during the meteor shower. The debris swim into our planet's atmosphere and become what we call the 'shooting stars '. Meanwhile, the Geminids meteor shower will consist of multi-coloured shooting stars visible from the ground on Thursday and Friday. The National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly clear... [Full Article...]

Don't miss the Geminids tonight!

Don't miss the Geminids tonight! Experts believe the showers will be most visible on December 13 and 14. Although they are visible from dusk until dawn, the meteors peak around 2AM. Under flawless conditions, one should theoretically be able to see up to 100 meteors per hour at this time, NASA said. Where to watch Geminid Meteor Shower? The darker the skies, the more meteors you are likely to see, but some are bright en... [Full Article...]

Cosmonauts on Spacewalk Cut Into Soyuz Spacecraft to Inspect Patched Hole

Cosmonauts on Spacewalk Cut Into Soyuz Spacecraft to Inspect Patched Hole The astronauts collected samples of the black epoxy sealant protruding from the hole, just one-tenth of an inch (2 millimeters) across. Circled in red, the hole in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that corresponded to a pressure leak on the International Space Station in August 2018. [Full Article...]

Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight Air Force and other U.S. agencies. Virgin Galactic considers that altitude to be the threshold of space because it's defined that way by the Air Force and other USA agencies, although others have long considered the boundary to be higher. [Full Article...]

How to Watch The Green Fireballs of The Geminid Meteor Shower

How to Watch The Green Fireballs of The Geminid Meteor Shower Then you will start seeing Geminid meteors. So if you're going to watch, that'll probably be the best day to do it. You could see up to 75 meteors an hour! Stargazers can expect to spot dozens of meteors an hour, according to NASA , as long as you're in an area free of light pollution . [Full Article...]

Leonid Meteor Shower 2018 To Reach Peak This Weekend

Leonid Meteor Shower 2018 To Reach Peak This Weekend Then our own Spectrum News anchor Alex Stockwell reported seeing yet another meteor flying through the skies while she was driving to work around 3 a.m. The Leonid shower should be visible in some parts of the United Kingdom tonight. Unfortunately, this year's shower won't produce a meteor storm, which is when you can see upward of 1,000 meteors per hour. [Full Article...]

Cosmonauts Slice Spacecraft For Clues To Cause Of Mysterious Hole

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko peels away thermal insulation from Soyuz MS-09 after slicing into it with a knife. The Soyuz capsule had been used to deliver a new crew to the laboratory 400km (250 miles) above the Earth in June. EST (15:59 GMT) Dec. 11, 2018, Expedition 57 Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Prokopyev exited the airlock hatch on the Pirs docking compartment to begin ... [Full Article...]

China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon In contrast, the near-side of the moon always faces the Earth and offers many flat areas to lunar spacecraft to touch down on. The Chang'e-4 team aims to be the first to send a successful mission to the barely-explored half of the moon. The basin is the largest known impact structure in the Solar System and the oldest on the Moon. Chang'e-4 is carrying multiple other experiments on board. [Full Article...]

Nasa's Voyager 2 probe reaches interstellar space

Nasa's Voyager 2 probe reaches interstellar space Mission scientists determined that the probe crossed the outer edge of the heliosphere - known as the heliopause , on November 5. "There is still a lot to learn about the region of interstellar space immediately beyond the heliopause", said Voyager project scientist Ed Stone, a JPL veteran who's now based at Caltech. [Full Article...]

The Winds Of Mars

The Winds Of Mars The wind is estimated to be blowing 10 miles per hour to 15 miles per hour (16 kph to 24 kph). Windy, if NASA's InSight Lander is to be believed. "One of the things our mission is dedicated to is measuring motion on Mars ", he added. [Full Article...]

Chinese probe heads for far side of the moon

Chinese probe heads for far side of the moon In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Chang'e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from China's Sichuan province early on December 8, carrying a rover destined to land on the far side of the moon . [Full Article...]

NASA has postponed the launch of Dragon to ISS with mould

NASA has postponed the launch of Dragon to ISS with mould A SpaceX rocket booster is still floating in the ocean after the Falcon 9 missed its intended ground target and splash-landed following Wednesday's launch from Cape Canaveral. Musk says the new "block 5" Falcon 9 stages are designed fly dozens of times with minimal refurbishment between launchings, a key element in the company's drive to lower launch costs by recovering and re-flying recovered sta... [Full Article...]

SpaceX Launches 20th Rocket but fails to make the Landing Spot

SpaceX Launches 20th Rocket but fails to make the Landing Spot If all goes well, the spacecraft will catch up with the station early Saturday morning. That includes Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A in May ( Bangabandhu-1 ); Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 in August ( Merah Putih ); and now Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg. [Full Article...]


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