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A rare Full Harvest Minimoon happening on Friday the 13th A rare Full Harvest Minimoon happening on Friday the 13th
- September 14, 2019

The moon will be officially full at 12:33 a.m., Saturday morning. In the U.S., the Harvest Moon of 2019 will reach its peak on September 14 at 12:33 am. When is the 2019 Full Harvest Moon? "For the rest of the country, the full moon was the day before, on Thursday, the 12th". "If you're in the Central, Mountain, or Pacific time zones, you'll be able to this unique full moon once the sun sets, and don't be alarmed if you notice it's a little brighter than usual outside". (more...)
PM Modi brought bad luck to ISRO, says Kumaraswamy on Chandrayaan-2 PM Modi brought bad luck to ISRO, says Kumaraswamy on Chandrayaan-2
- September 14, 2019

Following a hard landing that took place instead, Vikram lander has been lying motionless in a tilted position on the Moon. ISRO has several future missions planned which include the human spaceflight mission, a joint mission with NASA and also a mission to the sun. (more...)
A Harvest Moon Will Appear Tonight, Friday the 13th A Harvest Moon Will Appear Tonight, Friday the 13th
- September 14, 2019

According to NASA the moon will appear to be full through Sunday night. Not only was the last Friday the 13th full moon 13 years ago in 2006, but the last time we saw a Friday the 13th Harvest Moon was over 84 years ago in 1935. The last time it happened was in the year 2000 and it won't occur again until 2049. Some call the harvest moon the "corn moon", since September marks a time during which farmers in the Plains typically begin harvesting their corn. (more...)
A mysterious interstellar object is approaching our solar system A mysterious interstellar object is approaching our solar system
- September 13, 2019

Formally named C/2019 Q4 (Borisov ), the object appears to have come from outside our solar system. Now on an inbound trajectory, comet C/2019 Q4 is heading toward the inner solar system and will enter it on October 26 from above at roughly a 40-degree angle relative to the ecliptic plane. (more...)
Astronomers Find Water Vapor on Faraway, Earth-Like Planet Astronomers Find Water Vapor on Faraway, Earth-Like Planet
- September 13, 2019

In the search for life outside our solar system an global team of researchers has gone a step forward: astronomers have discovered for the first Time, water vapor in the atmosphere of a distant planet, orbiting its star in the so-called habitable Zone. (more...)
Water found for first time in atmosphere of exoplanet Water found for first time in atmosphere of exoplanet
- September 13, 2019

Using the transit method , K2-18b was found to have a size of 2.7 times Earth's diameter, and using the reflex velocity method a mass of 8.6 times Earth's mass. The researchers said they clearly saw the signature for water vapor in the atmosphere when they put the data through algorithms. However, it brings us closer to answering the fundamental question: "Is the Earth unique? ", Tsiaras said. (more...)
NASA spacecraft sends images of icy object past Pluto NASA spacecraft sends images of icy object past Pluto
- September 13, 2019

Both spheres are similar in color, while the barely perceptible neck connecting the two lobes is noticeably less red, probably because of particles falling down the steep slopes into that area. Ultima Thule has a mottled appearance the colour of the light brick. These details though will provide scientists with a new perspective on planet formation. (more...)
'Lovers of Modena' Skeletons Buried Holding Hands Were Males, New Analysis Confirms 'Lovers of Modena' Skeletons Buried Holding Hands Were Males, New Analysis Confirms
- September 13, 2019

They were dubbed the "Lovers of Modena" by the global media. This isn't the first time two skeletons were discovered hand-in-hand or embracing, but all the other documented cases were a man and a woman. Archaeologists have unearthed examples of ancient male-female pairs that were buried holding hands. "At present, no other burials of this type are known", Federico Lugli, the lead author of the study, told the newspaper La Repubblica . (more...)
China lands probe on dark side of the moon China lands probe on dark side of the moon
- September 13, 2019

It delivered both a lander and a rover, while its Queqiao (Magpie Bridge) relay satellite "is operating in the halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the Earth-Moon system", Xinhua added. China conducted its first crewed space mission in 2003, becoming only the third country to do so after Russian Federation and the United States. Direct communications with spacecraft on the far side are blocked by the moon itself. (more...)
Trump administration to revoke water protection rule; farmers praise plan Trump administration to revoke water protection rule; farmers praise plan
- September 13, 2019

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said repealing the rule was "at the top of the list" of items the administration wanted to roll back, because it was an "egregious power grab". The Natural Resources Defence Council said the Trump administration's action would be challenged in court. "The Montana Farm Bureau has opposed this rule since it was devised in 2015 ", said Hans McPherson, the bureau's president , in a statement . (more...)
NASA Joins ISRO To Track Vikram ''Calling Home'' NASA Joins ISRO To Track Vikram ''Calling Home''
- September 12, 2019

A NASA source confirmed this. "The attempts will be made till September 20-21 when the sunlight will be there in the area where the Vikram has landed", an ISRO official preferring anonymity advised IANS. ISRO has several future missions planned which include the human spaceflight mission, a joint mission with NASA and also a mission to the sun. It is keenly awaiting for 3D mapping and sharp images of the south pole region of Moon. (more...)
Friday's full harvest moon is also a micro moon Friday's full harvest moon is also a micro moon
- September 12, 2019

How does a full Harvest micromoon for Friday the 13th sound? This year's Harvest Moon - the full moon closest to the fall equinox - will fall on Friday the 13th for those of us in the Western United States. and the Harvest Moon-set can be witnessed in the west at 6:46 a.m. This is because the path of the moon through the sky is as close to being along the horizon as it can get. (more...)
New 'super-Earth' found with water and the right temperature for life New 'super-Earth' found with water and the right temperature for life
- September 12, 2019

At the moment, one extremely important piece of information that is missing is the presence, composition and structure of their atmospheres. As of now, the researchers have concluded that there is some quantity of water and likely hydrogen in the planet's atmosphere. (more...)
Florida could see Tropical Storm Humberto later this week Florida could see Tropical Storm Humberto later this week
- September 11, 2019

How far north those cooler temperatures reach is still in question depending on the system's track, but the weather service in Birmingham said rain chances could increase for central Alabama from Sunday through Tuesday. Both had low chances of development as of Wednesday morning. Limited development of this disturbance is expected during the next few days mainly because of upper-level winds. (more...)
The conflict between Brazilian sovereignty and saving the planet The conflict between Brazilian sovereignty and saving the planet
- September 11, 2019

The gathering aimed "to foster a dwelling for regional dialogue to advance the safety and sustainable exercise of this set aside, which is a really unparalleled for the survival of the planet", Colombia's President Ivan Duque acknowledged. While an imminent meeting is planned between the countries that comprise the Amazon Rainforest, many still claim that relevant parties are not moving fast enough to protect such a valuable natural resource. (more...)
Follow live as 'monster' hurricane Dorian pounds on Bahamas, moves towards Florida Follow live as 'monster' hurricane Dorian pounds on Bahamas, moves towards Florida
- September 11, 2019

Some Facebook groups began appearing with users posting regular updates about the storm and information regarding the whereabouts and safety of local residents. "I ask for your prayers for those in affected areas and for our first responders". "The hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night", the NHC said. (more...)
NY Times: Wilbur Ross Threatened Firings at NOAA NY Times: Wilbur Ross Threatened Firings at NOAA
- September 11, 2019

The acting chief scientist at Noaa, Craig McLean , said the agency probably violated its scientific integrity rules by doing so. At one point, he even displayed a map in the Oval Office, which appeared to be altered with black marker in order to show the storm's projected path extending to the southern edge of Alabama. (more...)
Rare full moon on Friday the 13th Rare full moon on Friday the 13th
- September 10, 2019

That means Friday the 13th will be extra spooky! But, for the casual observer, the nightsky on Friday, September 13, will be dominated by a basically full moon. This is because the moon is also nearing its apogee-the point in its almost month-long elliptical orbit at which it s furthest away from Earth. It will be a micro moon because it arrives as the Moon is near apogee, which is the point in its orbit farthest from Earth, about 252,100 miles. (more...)
Rock Samples From Impact Crater Reveal Details of Dinosaur Extinction Rock Samples From Impact Crater Reveal Details of Dinosaur Extinction
- September 10, 2019

Through their discovery, the researchers were able to piece together the events that happened shortly after the asteroid collided with Earth. Curtin University researchers who were part of a scientific expedition that retrieved core samples from a crater in the Gulf of Mexico have found evidence that the asteroid that caused the mass extinction of the dinosaurs also triggered a giant tsunami . (more...)
China Giant Telescope gets mysterious signal from space China Giant Telescope gets mysterious signal from space
- September 10, 2019

Spherical radio telescope with an aperture of pjatisotmetrovyj known as a FAST telescope, located in the mountains of South China's Guizhou province. Fast radio bursts ( FRB ) are radio pulses lasting a few milliseconds whose nature is yet to be thoroughly studied. (more...)