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Syncrude outage expected to ease pipeline congestion, boost heavy oil prices Syncrude outage expected to ease pipeline congestion, boost heavy oil prices
- June 28, 2018

Syncrude confirmed that power to the oilsands upgrader went out last week, while Reuters reported the project's oil output could be affected through July. That will shrink stockpiles at the main US storage hub at Cushing, Oklahoma, putting upward pressure on oil prices , Goldman Sachs said. The shutdown of a Syncrude facility in the Canadian oil sands after a transformer blew tightened supplies and put upward pressure on prices Tuesday. (more...)
Full 'Strawberry Moon' Tonight -- But Don't Expect it to be Red Full 'Strawberry Moon' Tonight -- But Don't Expect it to be Red
- June 28, 2018

You've most likely heard of a Harvest Moon or Blue Moon, but how about a Strawberry Moon? It's the opposite of the supermoon, which we see when the moon is at the point in its orbit during that is closest to Earth. "The moon won't look any different than it normally does", he says. Join Slooh Astronomer Paul Cox and Slooh's Storyteller Helen Avery on Tuesday, May 29th at 7:00 PM EDT (23:00UTC) to learn about and celebrate the "Full Flower Moon". (more...)
The coldest place on Earth is even chillier than scientists thought The coldest place on Earth is even chillier than scientists thought
- June 28, 2018

Satellites sensed that within this area about 100 locations had surface temperatures fall to minus 144 degrees Fahrenheit from 2004-2016. And, as the air got trapped in the pockets, the temperature of the surface and the air kept getting colder until the conditions changed and warm air from the atmosphere came into action. (more...)
Hayabusa2 probe enters orbit around 'hazardous' asteroid Ryugu ahead of landings Hayabusa2 probe enters orbit around 'hazardous' asteroid Ryugu ahead of landings
- June 28, 2018

Scientists want Hayabusa 2-which will probe Ryugu with a number of smaller rovers and instruments-to return samples from the asteroid's surface. The Yomiuri ShimbunJapanese asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 reached a point about 20 kilometers above its target asteroid, Ryugu, at 9:35 a.m. (more...)
Kinder Morgan (KMI) Shares Sold by Baird Financial Group Inc Kinder Morgan (KMI) Shares Sold by Baird Financial Group Inc
- June 27, 2018

Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Dedicated investors often strive hard to set themselves up for success. The average FCF of a company is determined by looking at the cash generated by operations of the company. Analysts await Kinder Morgan, Inc . The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 0.48 and a quick ratio of 0.40. (more...)
Plump, colorful 'strawberry moon' to light up sky this week Plump, colorful 'strawberry moon' to light up sky this week
- June 26, 2018

It will not look significantly different than any other full moon. The Full Moon could be best seen in the sky at 12:53 a.m. EDT (0453 GMT) late on Wednesday or at any time in the wee hours of Thursday. In Los Angeles moonrise will occur at 7:51 p.m., and sunset at 8:08 p.m. But this month's Moon cycle may have you hankering for a snack. If it's not too cloudy, you should see the sweet sight of a full moon that looks larger and redder than usual, according to astronomer Michael Allen of ... (more...)
SpaceX wins $130M bid to launch military satellite on Falcon Heavy SpaceX wins $130M bid to launch military satellite on Falcon Heavy
- June 26, 2018

During the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, the US Air Force chose the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket over its competitor, the United Launch Alliance's Delta 4. The launch of a military satellite company Ilona Mask should implement in the summer or fall of 2020, writes Engadget. ULA used to monopolize similar missions for the government until SpaceX landed its first military contract in 2016. (more...)
Blood moon is coming
- June 26, 2018

The previous Blood Moon that took place this year January by about 45 minutes. According to Earth Sky, for an eclipse to last as long as this one, the moon has to pass through the center of the Earth's shadow where it is the widest. It will be long because there is both a full moon and a moon apogee happening simultaneously. A "supermoon" is the event in which the Moon appears larger than its actual size, that takes place when the Moon reaches the perigee, its closest point to Earth in ... (more...)
U.S. stepping up the earth’s protection from asteroids U.S. stepping up the earth’s protection from asteroids
- June 26, 2018

With that in mind, the USA and other nations have long sought to track such "near-earth objects", or NEOs, co-ordinating efforts through the International Asteroid Warning Network and the UN. This kind of information would then be disseminated to able government bodies in order to form contingency plans and quick-response missions. The document also outlines what will be done to prepare the country for the potential consequences of an asteroid strike. (more...)
Britain-built satellite on mission to test ways to collect space junk Britain-built satellite on mission to test ways to collect space junk
- June 26, 2018

It may also harm the International Space Station if the issue is left unaddressed. The collaborative effort underscores the great need for space debris removal as humans look to continue venturing into space for scientific and commercial purposes. (more...)
NASA photo shows blue sand dune on Red Planet NASA photo shows blue sand dune on Red Planet
- June 26, 2018

When wind blows a certain way, sand accumulates and gets shaped in these dunes. NASA captured images of this bright blue sand dune on the red planet . Mars is now under the grip of a massive dust storm that has turned the landscape blood red. The storm was first detected on May 30. The planet is now battling a massive sandstorm that has silenced NASA's solar-powered Opportunity rover. (more...)
Look up for a great view of Saturn this week
- June 26, 2018

One thing to note is that the moon will also appear as a minimoon , which is hard to notice with the naked eye but means the moon is at the furthest possible position from Earth. If you have a clear view, you'll be able to see Saturn glowing brightly as Earth's orbit brings us directly between Saturn and the sun on Wednesday. Overnight Tuesday and overnight Wednesday are both good times to watch, according to AccuWeather. (more...)
Jupiter looks insanely attractive in these new pictures from the Juno spacecraft Jupiter looks insanely attractive in these new pictures from the Juno spacecraft
- June 26, 2018

The picture was snapped on May 23 as Juno swung past the planet for a 13th time, only 9,600 miles from its "surface", the tangle of tumultuous clouds that mark its exterior. The region seen here is somewhat chaotic and turbulent, given the various swirling cloud formations. This photo, and many other images that have been released from Juno's extended mission, employs color enhancement to help visualize the depth between the layers of clouds in Jupiter's deep atmosphere. (more...)
Now Dust storm On Mars Wraps The Whole Planet Now Dust storm On Mars Wraps The Whole Planet
- June 25, 2018

However, Curiosity , the other Martian rover of NASA, is nuclear powered and not affected by the dust storm. This dust storm that is capable of reaching up to 40 miles in height, could possibly cover an area as big as the entire Russian Federation and North America combined as a unity. (more...)
Train from Alberta derails, spills oil in Iowa Train from Alberta derails, spills oil in Iowa
- June 25, 2018

He said almost half the spill had been contained with booms near the derailment site and an additional boom placed about 5 miles downstream. BNSF, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said it was using skimmers and vacuum trucks to clean up the spill and minimize damage to the environment. (more...)
Falcon Heavy Certified by Air Force, Wins $130 Million 2020 Mission Falcon Heavy Certified by Air Force, Wins $130 Million 2020 Mission
- June 25, 2018

As the Inquisitr previously reported , SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy on its first test mission in February, marking a great success for Elon Musk's private space company. It's not immediately clear what role the classified satellite on this mission, AFSPC-52, will play when it is launched in 2020. The two competitors for the contract are the only companies eligible to launch certain military satellites into space for purposes of national security. (more...)
Mars Dust Storm Intensifies, Covers Red Planet In Entirety Mars Dust Storm Intensifies, Covers Red Planet In Entirety
- June 24, 2018

The dust storm has silenced NASA's solar-powered rover Opportunity since last week, by obscuring the sun. Other times, like in 2007 and now, they encircle the planet and can last up to two months. An artist's conception of a Martian dust storm, which might also crackle with electricity. This sun-obstructing wall of haze is about six to eight times thicker than normal for this time of season. (more...)
Researchers Promote Awareness on Air Quality for National Clean Air Day Researchers Promote Awareness on Air Quality for National Clean Air Day
- June 23, 2018

The children's charity is calling on the Government to prioritise and fund measures which target the most polluted areas and protect children from toxic air in the places where they live, learn and play. "Under the government's air quality plans, unsafe levels of air pollution in around 71 percent of United Kingdom towns and cities is likely to be the case for another 12 years", the report said. (more...)
Clean Air Day: motorists urged to turn off their engines Clean Air Day: motorists urged to turn off their engines
- June 23, 2018

A vehicle whose engine is clean enough would not have to pay anything. "This is not about making money, but saving lives - in fact, in an ideal world, no one would have to pay a Clean Air Zone charge because everyone would be driving a low or zero-emission vehicle or walking, cycling or using public transport instead". (more...)
US stepping up Earth's protection from asteroids US stepping up Earth's protection from asteroids
- June 23, 2018

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the U.S.'s National Science and Technology Council released a report calling for improved asteroid detection, tracking and deflection. Trees were knocked down and burned over hundreds of square km by the Tunguska meteoroid impact. Asteroid pieces - more than 100 tons - bombard the Earth daily, a past NASA report notes , but most disintegrate before hitting the surface of our planet . (more...)