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Chinese rover leaves first-ever ‘footprint’ on dark side of moon Chinese rover leaves first-ever ‘footprint’ on dark side of moon
- January 06, 2019

A Long March 3B rocket carrying Chang'e 4 blasted off on December 8 from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China. China plans to send the Chang'e-5 probe next year to collect samples and bring them back, which hasn't been done since the then-Soviet Union's mission, The Associated Press reports . (more...)
Look up! The first meteor shower of the year peaks tonight Look up! The first meteor shower of the year peaks tonight
- January 06, 2019

Tonight's meteor shower will send bright fireballs from the asteroid designation 2003EH as Earth moves through the thickest part of the debris field. The best hours are late night and early predawn-and tonight is when the show is going to reach its peak. (more...)
Meteor Showers in the Sky Tonight
- January 05, 2019

Considered one of the brightest meteor showers in 2019, you definitely will want to make an effort to see this celestial event. The Quadrantid shower lasts for weeks, but it has a very narrow peak of a few hours with maximum activity. Each year, Earth passes through this debris trail for a short time. The shower will happen between the Big Dipper and Bootes constellations. Avoiding light from cellphones and other sources will give people's eyes more time to adjust to the darkness and make ... (more...)
NASA New Horizons image shows weird Ultima Thule looks like a snowman NASA New Horizons image shows weird Ultima Thule looks like a snowman
- January 04, 2019

Alan Stern , principal investigator for the mission. Included in this will be a series of much higher-resolution images that will provide an even greater look at Ultima Thule , now the farthest object from Earth to ever be photographed by a spacecraft. (more...)
Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight
- January 04, 2019

But they will be most visible at their peak on January 3, according to the American Meteor Society website. The last time that Qatar had an encounter with meteor showers was back in November previous year when annual meteors "Taurid and Leonid" appeared in the skies of Doha. (more...)
China's Spacecraft Makes the First-Ever Landing on Moon's Dark Side China's Spacecraft Makes the First-Ever Landing on Moon's Dark Side
- January 03, 2019

It carries a number of high-end equipment which have been designed and manufactured to study and record the geology of Moon's far side that has so far not been explored. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) landed the robotic probe, Chang'e 4 in the unexplored South Pole-Aitken basin, the largest, oldest, deepest, crater on the moon's surface. (more...)
Museums Close as US Government Shutdown Continues Museums Close as US Government Shutdown Continues
- January 03, 2019

The contractors that operate park tours by snowmobile, buses and vans are grooming trails, hauling trash and replacing toilet paper at pit toilets and restrooms along their routes. Staff shortages have created a sense of "lawlessness" in the parks, Brengel said. "A lot of these people are returnees and they're more than happy to give back to this park". (more...)
NASA’s New Horizons mission releases snowman-like picture of Ultima Thule NASA’s New Horizons mission releases snowman-like picture of Ultima Thule
- January 03, 2019

A primordial element from the formation of our solar system, the bilobate 2014 MU69 took a few hundred thousand years to a million years to form from a scattering of small rocky objects gravitationally swirling around each other that gradually formed two large spherical rocks. (more...)
New Horizons completes flyby of Ultima Thule New Horizons completes flyby of Ultima Thule
- January 02, 2019

EST - marking the event as the most distant exploration of worlds ever completed by humankind. "I've never seen so many people so excited about two pixels", Stern said, his face advertising his own excitement. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, which built and operates the spacecraft, said Tuesday it had "zipped past" the object known as 2014 MU69, or Ultima Thule . (more...)
What Is a Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse? What Is a Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse?
- January 02, 2019

The Chang'e 4 spacecraft, launched December 7 on a Long March-3B rocket, initially entered lunar orbit five days later on December 12 , deploying a landing craft and a surface rover in preparation for its descent. The Chang'e-4 mission will be a key step in revealing the moon's mysterious side, a report by state-run Xinhua news agency said . China is ready to become the first country to send a probe to the dark side of the moon. (more...)
NASA Spaceship Closes in on Distant World NASA Spaceship Closes in on Distant World
- December 31, 2018

Ultima Thule might help scientists to study the formation history of our solar system . No spacecraft has visited anything so primitive. "To me, that is what's most exciting-this is pure exploration and fundamental science". The coast should be clear: Scientists have yet to find any rings or moons around it that could batter the spacecraft. It will take about 10 hours to get confirmation that the spacecraft completed - and survived - the encounter. (more...)
EPA proposes easing regulation of mercury from coal plants EPA proposes easing regulation of mercury from coal plants
- December 30, 2018

Bush. A study published this month by Harvard University's School of Public Health said coal-fired power plants are the top source of mercury in the United States, accounting for almost half of mercury emissions in 2015. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to change the way the government calculates benefits of restricting mercury emissions from coal plants. (more...)
Complete list of dates for every full moon in 2019 Complete list of dates for every full moon in 2019
- December 28, 2018

So what exactly is a super blood wolf moon eclipse? A supermoon is a new or full moon that is within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth. During the eclipse, the moon will appear to be a "reddish copper color", Butler University professor Brian Murphy told the newspaper. According to National Geographic , this will be the last total lunar eclipse until May, 26. (more...)
Delhi's air quality remains 'severe' for 4th day Delhi's air quality remains 'severe' for 4th day
- December 26, 2018

With pollution reaching severe levels, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the Centre should call a meeting of Delhi's neighbouring states to discuss the issue as air doesn't follow a boundary and only one state can not check it. (more...)
Japan says it will resume commercial whaling, leave worldwide commission Japan says it will resume commercial whaling, leave worldwide commission
- December 26, 2018

Hunting will be allowed in waters near Japan and within the country's exclusive economic zone. He said Japan would stop its annual whaling expeditions to the Antarctic and northwest Pacific oceans, noting that non-signatory states are not allowed to do so. (more...)
SpaceX Puts Powerful GPS Satellite for US Military Into Orbit SpaceX Puts Powerful GPS Satellite for US Military Into Orbit
- December 26, 2018

The launch is a landmark for SpaceX to make a presence in the lucrative military space launch market. But by the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage sensors scrapped the launch. It withdrew the lawsuit in 2015 after Air Force agreed to break the monopoly of Boeing and Lockheed. For its Florida launches, SpaceX relies on assistance from the US Air Force's 45th Space Wing, which oversees flights out of Cape Canaveral. (more...)
Years Ago Apollo 8 Wished Earth A Merry Christmas Eve Years Ago Apollo 8 Wished Earth A Merry Christmas Eve
- December 24, 2018

When the Apollo 8 mission was redesigned, no mission control room was ready, no trajectories had been calculated for a lunar flight, no astronauts had been trained for it and there was no procedure for fetching returning astronauts on landing, current NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine recounted in a new video released by the agency. (more...)
Last Full Moon Of The Year To Light Up The Holidays Last Full Moon Of The Year To Light Up The Holidays
- December 24, 2018

Eastern Time while the winter solstice will happen December 21, but to the average eye, the moon will appear full for several days. It derives its name from the Latin word " solstitium ", which means "Sun standing still". For Jews, the winter solstice is called "Tekufat Tevet", which marks the start of winter. We will also see our final meteor shower of the year. Our rotation axis may remain 23.5-degrees away from the sun, but we'll have a very special moon to keep us company this weekend! ... (more...)
Quitting whaling commission is risky gambit by Japan Quitting whaling commission is risky gambit by Japan
- December 24, 2018

Japan is likely to resume its commercial whaling in the northwestern Pacific. In response, the government of Japan threatened to leave the IWC, with Japan saying the country would now conduct a 'fundamental reassessment of its membership of the IWC' . (more...)
UK's Rudd sees 'plausible' case for new Brexit vote UK's Rudd sees 'plausible' case for new Brexit vote
- December 23, 2018

After a tumultuous week in which she survived a confidence vote and sought last-minute changes to a Brexit agreement reached with Brussels last month, May faces deadlock over her deal in the British parliament. The UK Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has given the strongest support yet from inside Cabinet for a second referendum, saying it was "plausible" if Parliament rejects British Prime Minister Theresa May's deal with the European Union in January. (more...)