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NASA completes 1st global geologic map of Titan NASA completes 1st global geologic map of Titan
- November 21, 2019

Using radar and infrared data from NASA's Cassini orbiter spacecraft, a team of planetary geologists has identified and mapped the major geological units on Titan's surface. A team led by Rosaly Lopes at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) said Titan's visible exterior was "one of the most geologically diverse in the Solar System". (more...)
Thursday meteor shower could produce 400 shooting stars an hour Thursday meteor shower could produce 400 shooting stars an hour
- November 21, 2019

You can download a GPS-synced skymap on your phone to easily locate the Monoceros constellation to see the source of the meteors, although they will likely fill up a large portion of the night sky. PT Thursday. During the 1995 outburst, the hourly rate of meteors was around 400. In 1995, an outburst of shooting stars led to a magnificent show - but year to year, it's never clear how many meteors will be visible. (more...)
When the sun has bad weather, it sounds like a creepy song When the sun has bad weather, it sounds like a creepy song
- November 21, 2019

By analyzing data from the European Space Agency's Cluster spacecraft, researchers discovered how solar storms "profoundly modify" the region of space just beyond the magnetic field-a finding that could help find ways to mitigate their potentially devastating impact. (more...)
Companies Line Up for America’s Next Visits to the Moon Companies Line Up for America’s Next Visits to the Moon
- November 20, 2019

She didn't give a date for crewed missions, but said SpaceX would fly Starship "a lot" before flying any missions with people on board. Starship is being created to both land on and launch from the moon . Those companies, like the ones being announced today, would bid on lunar landing contracts. "Our flexibility and ability to scale up is going to lead us to fulfill more and more complex missions in the near future". (more...)
Tropical Storm Sebastien forms in Atlantic Tropical Storm Sebastien forms in Atlantic
- November 20, 2019

The track for now is to the west-northwest, but will approach a front Wednesday that will turn this storm north, then northeast before getting anywhere close to the United States. It should not affect any land areas. It's a way to measure how active a hurricane season was, and is a better, more accurate measure of the activity of a season than just looking at the number of named storms. (more...)
Yeah, there's totally water vapor on Jupiter's moon Europa Yeah, there's totally water vapor on Jupiter's moon Europa
- November 19, 2019

In a study published today in the journal Nature Astronomy , Paganini and his team reported that they detected enough water releasing from Europa (5,202 pounds, or 2,360 kilograms, per second) to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool within minutes. (more...)
NASA Studies Unusual Dance Of Neptune’s Moons To Avoid Collision NASA Studies Unusual Dance Of Neptune’s Moons To Avoid Collision
- November 19, 2019

The two moons in question are Naiad and Thalassa , both around 100 kilometres or 62 miles wide, which race around their planet in what NASA researchers are calling a " dance of avoidance ". The team used data collected between 1981 and 2016 from telescopes on Earth, Voyager 2 , and the Hubble Space Telescope to determine how Naiad and Thalassa are getting around the ice giant they call home. (more...)
Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight This Evening Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight This Evening
- November 18, 2019

In the early morning hours on Monday, the Leonid meteor shower will send shooting stars across the sky. While we're not expected to see such a storm in 2019, Russian astronomer Mikhail Maslov is predicting possible "activity enhancements" Friday night and Saturday morning. (more...)
Climate change is already damaging health of children, says Lancet report Climate change is already damaging health of children, says Lancet report
- November 18, 2019

With increasing diarrhea diseases, more unsafe heat waves, air pollution and increases in mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria, man-made global warming is already harming public health around the world, the annual climate change and health report from the medical journal The Lancet said Wednesday. (more...)
Needed: 10000 dogs for the biggest ever study on maturing in canines Needed: 10000 dogs for the biggest ever study on maturing in canines
- November 17, 2019

In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 photo, University of Washington School of Medicine researcher Daniel Promislow , the principal investigator of the Dog Aging Project grant, rubs the head of his elderly dog Frisbee at their home in Seattle. Yet no standard measures exist for frailty or prognosis in sick, aged dogs, Creevy said. Large dogs have shorter lifespans than smaller dogs. Pooches from every one of the 50 states, and everything being equal, sizes, and breeds may apply. (more...)
Can microscopic fossils be found on Mars by 2020 mission? Can microscopic fossils be found on Mars by 2020 mission?
- November 16, 2019

Even as the stromatolite-like structures exist on Mars, they are the reason why the carbonates trace Jezero's shoreline like a ring, and are concentrated here. "Using a technique we developed that helps us find rare, hard-to-detect mineral phases in data taken from orbiting spacecraft, we found two outcrops of hydrated silica within Jezero crater", said Jesse Tarnas, a Ph.D. (more...)
Orangutan is 2-million-year-old extinct ape's closest relative Orangutan is 2-million-year-old extinct ape's closest relative
- November 16, 2019

The mystery ape is a distant relative of orangutans , sharing a common ancestor around 12 million years ago. In an fantastic discovery, scientists have found new evidence of the so-called "genuine Bigfoot ", a 10-foot tall ape that lived nearly 2 million years ago. (more...)
'Chandrayaan-3': ISRO plans soft landing on moon in November 2020 'Chandrayaan-3': ISRO plans soft landing on moon in November 2020
- November 16, 2019

The space organisation might also consider reducing the number of manoeuvres around the Earth to just three or four. However, the cost of this project has not been revealed yet. The images of a crater from the lunar surface was captured by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 overseas Chandrayaan-2. ISRO said in a statement today that the 0.4μm to 0.85μm, 5m spatial resolution stereo triplets (fore, nadir and aft views) TMC 2 took from a 100 km orbit are prep images for Digital Elevation ... (more...)
The Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend The Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend
- November 16, 2019

Only time will tell, but on the off-chance that it's not cloudy during the peak of the Leonids on Saturday night, the best places in the United Kingdom to see the meteor shower are the Shetland Islands and the South East. Peter Jenniskens, a senior research scientist with SETI and the NASA's AMES Research Center, has been monitoring the shower . The shower, which is expected to be "the best of the month", is dubbed the Leonids because it comes from the constellation Leo. (more...)
Renewables are growing, but greenhouse emissions will continue to rise, says IEA Renewables are growing, but greenhouse emissions will continue to rise, says IEA
- November 15, 2019

Global oil demand is due to slow in the 2030s, and coal use to shrink slightly. Growing demand for SUVs in the US, China, Europe and elsewhere could negate all the environmental benefits of the increased use of electric cars , the report says. (more...)
SpaceX successfully tests Crew Dragon’s emergency engines SpaceX successfully tests Crew Dragon’s emergency engines
- November 15, 2019

If the upcoming in-flight abort test goes well, the California-based rocket builder will work toward a piloted test flight early next year when NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley plan to visit the International Space Station ( ISS ). (more...)
Hayabusa 2 on way to Earth after completing Ryugu mission:The Asahi Shimbun Hayabusa 2 on way to Earth after completing Ryugu mission:The Asahi Shimbun
- November 15, 2019

The probe will bring back to Earth "carbon and organic matter" to provide data as to "how the matter is scattered around the Solar System, why it exists on the asteroid and how it is related to Earth", Dr Tsuda said. "Literally it has been at the centre of our lives over the past 1½ years". Maneuvers were aimed at retrieving underground samples from an artificial crater on the surface of the asteroid created by a projectile made of the metal tantalum fired by the spacecraft. (more...)
New climate report warns next generation will face severe health issues New climate report warns next generation will face severe health issues
- November 15, 2019

For the world to meet its climate goals and protect the health of the next generation, the energy landscape will have to change drastically, and soon, the report warns. But taking action to tackle climate change is "sensible" to deliver public health and economic benefits and relieve pressure on the NHS. The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change notes that they will face malnutrition, rising food prices and an increase in infectious diseases. (more...)
Oxygen Behaving Strangely on Mars Oxygen Behaving Strangely on Mars
- November 14, 2019

And this mysterious oxygen cycling can't be explained by any known chemistry, a new study found. The fact that the oxygen behavior isn't perfectly repeatable every season makes us think that it's not an issue that has to do with atmospheric dynamics. (more...)
BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi slams CM Kejriwal over rising Delhi air pollution BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi slams CM Kejriwal over rising Delhi air pollution
- November 14, 2019

The bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi directed the Centre to submit the report on the matter by December 3. It came as Britain's Prince Charles was in Delhi , as part of his 10th official visit to India, during which he focused on climate change, sustainable markets and social finance. (more...)