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Five Things You Never Knew About the Winter Solstice Five Things You Never Knew About the Winter Solstice
- December 23, 2018

Winter solstice arrives at 11:28 a.m. EST on Thursday, November 21 - the shortest day of the year. "Experience the wonder, as out of the morning's darkness a single ray of light illuminates the passage tomb on the shortest day of the year, marking the end of winter and the start of new life". (more...)
Winter solstice weekend will shine with a rare moon event Winter solstice weekend will shine with a rare moon event
- December 23, 2018

Today, on December 21, the sun will rise around 7:54 a.m. and set at 4:20 p.m.in Seattle, marking the shortest day of the year. But this year's winter solstice is a bit different - as there will also be a full moon and a meteor shower on Friday night. (more...)
Winter solstice is here, with a special moon treat Winter solstice is here, with a special moon treat
- December 22, 2018

Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun. Solstice happens twice in a year. WhatsApp Message Reads: May the Flame Warm Our Hearts And May the Light Remind Us Of the Ever-Returning Sun. When the sun rises on the winter and summer solstices, its rays shine through a small hole at the top of one of the stone buildings, which creates a starburst effect. (more...)
Today is the shortest day of the year Today is the shortest day of the year
- December 21, 2018

Google's doodle for the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere is just as charming. The winter solstice is marked with ceremonies and celebrations across the globe. Ah yes, today at 5:23 p.m. winter starts and will end on Wednesday, March 20, a total of 89 days. In addition, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, making it colder. (more...)
LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower
- December 21, 2018

The moon is set to become officially full on December 22 at 12:49 p.m. EST. Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun. So less light reaches the Northern Hemisphere. The moon will appear full both on Friday and Saturday nights. This year the meteoric display is expected to double, although it might be harder to see with the brightness of the full moon, according to Space.com . (more...)
Mysterious light seen in California sky prompts speculation Mysterious light seen in California sky prompts speculation
- December 20, 2018

A odd light was seen above Reno Wednesday night; however, there is no official word where it came from. It was probably a meteor , according to the National Weather Service. Many at first thought this was the Delta IV rocket Launch that had been scheduled at 5:44 p.m. but it had been cancelled due to a hydrogen leak. Rocket launches from the California air base have created stunning light shows in the skies over the West Coast. (more...)
Elon Musk's SpaceX To Try US National Security Spy Satellite Launch Again Elon Musk's SpaceX To Try US National Security Spy Satellite Launch Again
- December 20, 2018

Tuesday's 9:11 a.m. launch window was initially delayed before it was aborted altogether. "The launch of GPS III SV01 is a major milestone in the effort to modernize the GPS system", said Johnathon Caldwell, vice president for navigation systems at Lockheed Martin . (more...)
Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight
- December 19, 2018

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2) took two pilots above 50 miles (80 kilometers) in altitude today, which some consider the demarcation between air and space . NASA relies on Russian Federation to take astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). He rose to a height of 82.7 per kilometer with a speed of 2.9 Mach. (more...)
United Nations climate talks in Poland go into overtime United Nations climate talks in Poland go into overtime
- December 19, 2018

After a sobering UN report in October showed the need for slashing greenhouse gas emissions by almost 50 per cent by 2030 to cap global warming at 1.5 deg C, the world - and especially poor countries already reeling from climate-addled extreme weather - looked to the UN talks for a sign that nations would ramp up voluntary carbon-cutting pledges. (more...)
Only Diamonds Are Forever: Saturn Is Losing Its Rings, Says NASA Only Diamonds Are Forever: Saturn Is Losing Its Rings, Says NASA
- December 19, 2018

In an image from NASA, a view of Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft. The team looked at previous research about the planet's " ring rain " that tracked how much mass was being lost. The molecule, H3+, is made up of three hydrogen atoms (minus an electron). It's those interactions that cause the material be caught up in the planet's magnetic field and subsequently pulled down towards the planet by gravity. (more...)
Astronomers Discover 'Farout,' the Most-Distant Solar System Object Astronomers Discover 'Farout,' the Most-Distant Solar System Object
- December 18, 2018

Farout's obvious moniker comes from the fact that it's over three and a half times more distant from us than Pluto . Pluto is now at about 34 AU, making 2018 VG18 more than three-and-a-half times more distant than the Solar System's most-famous dwarf planet. (more...)
Judge orders poacher to watch 'Bambi' repeatedly while in jail Judge orders poacher to watch 'Bambi' repeatedly while in jail
- December 18, 2018

He was arrested alongside several other members of his family in what the state says is one of its largest-ever poaching cases. In addition to Berry Jr's required Bambi viewings, the poacher has also had his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked for life. (more...)
The 'Christmas Comet' Is Coming to Town. Here's How to See It The 'Christmas Comet' Is Coming to Town. Here's How to See It
- December 17, 2018

The comet, named after astronomer Carl Wirtanen , will make its closest approach on Sunday Dec. 16, coming within 7.2 million miles of earth . However you can see it, the comet will appear more "clouded" than other objects in the sky. Wirtanen's unusual composition (it includes methane and carbon), as well as its close orbit to the sun, made it the original target for the European Space Agency Rosetta mission. (more...)
Branson looks ahead to beginning commercial SpaceShipTwo flights Branson looks ahead to beginning commercial SpaceShipTwo flights
- December 17, 2018

On the December 13 test flight, SpaceShipTwo's hybrid rocket motor burned for 60 seconds, several seconds longer than the high end of estimates of the burn time company officials gave at a briefing the day before. "Sometime next year, once the testing is finished, then I'll do my flight", he said. One pilot lost his life and another was seriously injured in 2014 after the SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight. (more...)
U.S. Has Two More Astronauts Courtesy of Virgin Galactic U.S. Has Two More Astronauts Courtesy of Virgin Galactic
- December 17, 2018

Virgin Galactic's first spaceflight took place December 13, 2018. After reaching an altitude above 40,000 feet, Unity was released and the crew used a 60-second burn to push the spacecraft to a speed of Mach 2.9, almost three times the speed of sound. (more...)
Geminids Meteor Shower Peaking Tonight Geminids Meteor Shower Peaking Tonight
- December 15, 2018

Dust. All that happens is that Earth is moving through a stream of dust and particles left over from the passing of a comet through the solar system. Usually appearing in bursts of two or three, Geminids travel slower and burn brighter than most other meteors - creating long, glowing arcs of white, yellow, blue, red and green. (more...)
NASA's InSight lander just took its first selfie on Mars NASA's InSight lander just took its first selfie on Mars
- December 14, 2018

CNES and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) provided the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure ( SEIS ) instrument, with significant contributions from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany, the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Switzerland, Imperial College London and Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and JPL. (more...)
When is the Geminid meteor shower tonight and how to see it? When is the Geminid meteor shower tonight and how to see it?
- December 14, 2018

The Geminid meteor shower is set to dazzle the nighttime sky on December 13 and will continue until the early morning hours of December 14. "The meteor shower is visible the whole day but the actual visibility starts from the night and continues throughout". (more...)
Russian spacewalkers cut samples around mystery hole at space station Russian spacewalkers cut samples around mystery hole at space station
- December 14, 2018

The pair will take samples of any residue found on the hull of the capsule - which is used to transport astronauts and cosmonauts to and from the ISS - and take photos of the area for further investigation before placing a thermal blanket over it. (more...)
Virgin Galactic First Flight to Space Imminent Virgin Galactic First Flight to Space Imminent
- December 13, 2018

Virgin Galactic hopes to reach space for the first time today (weather permitting). A ticket on board will cost a whopping £190,000. Then, in 2014, SpaceShipTwo broke apart during a test flight by Scaled Composites when the co-pilot prematurely unlocked the "feathering" system and it began to deploy. (more...)