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The Northern Lights may be visible this weekend in IL, several states The Northern Lights may be visible this weekend in IL, several states
- March 23, 2019

And we see this as the brilliant northern lights . Star gazers in cities as far south as NY and Chicago may get a rare glimpse of the northern lights this weekend due to an unusual geomagnetic storm. The lights of the aurora borealis are caused when electrically-charged particles from the sun slam into oxygen and nitrogen atoms in the Earth's atmosphere. (more...)
NASA asteroid SHOCK: Bennu discovery space scientist’s ‘BIGGEST surprise’ NASA asteroid SHOCK: Bennu discovery space scientist’s ‘BIGGEST surprise’
- March 22, 2019

OSIRIS-REx has been orbiting the asteroid since December 31 and Bennu is the smallest body to ever be orbited by a spacecraft. Like the Japanese Hayabusa 2 mission, NASA has found that Bennu's surface is covered in craggy boulders , making the Touch-and-Go (TAG) sample collection more challenging. (more...)
Fire ball above LA not an alien invasion, just a film shoot Fire ball above LA not an alien invasion, just a film shoot
- March 22, 2019

But from a closer perspective, it was soon clear what that object was: A promotion tool from one of the most self-aware companies in the galaxy. The LAPD posted a reassuring tweet saying "a meteor did not crash into Downtown Los Angeles, and no, it's not an alien invasion.just a film shoot". (more...)
Gov. Mike Parson declares state of emergency amid flooding Gov. Mike Parson declares state of emergency amid flooding
- March 22, 2019

At least three people have been killed in Nebraska and Iowa . The town of roughly 220 people began flooding after a levee breach, with several homes inundated with water. This year's flooding "could be worse than anything we've seen in recent years, even worse than the historic floods of 1993 and 2011", she said. "This is the broadest expanse of area in the United States that we've projected with an elevated risk that I can remember", said Thomas Graziano, a 20-year weather service ... (more...)
Philippine Gov't Appeals for Plastic-free Seas after Whale's Death Philippine Gov't Appeals for Plastic-free Seas after Whale's Death
- March 21, 2019

Graphic autopsy images have revealed the awful toll that plastic waste took on a young whale found dead in the Philippines . On Saturday night, Darrell Blatchley was fishing around the stomach of a whale that had died just hours before on the coast of the Philippines. (more...)
Super worm moon to rise on first day of spring Super worm moon to rise on first day of spring
- March 19, 2019

The last super moon of the year is nearly here! The name ties into how "The ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins", according to "The Old Farmer's Almanac ". And if this week's full moon puts an extra spring in your step, who could blame you? Supermoons occur when a full moon is in perigee or making its closest pass to our planet. (more...)
NASA reveals secret city-killing METEOR hit Earth NASA reveals secret city-killing METEOR hit Earth
- March 19, 2019

The meteor exploded with ten times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. The meteor exploded with a force equal to 173 kilotons of TNT , or about 10 times as much as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of World War II, a NASA chart of fireballs shows. (more...)
Victoria students boycott school in climate change protest Victoria students boycott school in climate change protest
- March 18, 2019

Capitol. But scientists have backed the protests, with thousands signing petitions in support of the students in Britain, Finland and Germany. That shows how these protests are organized from the bottom up, she said . Thousands of teens in Australia are on strike due to global warming . In Europe, students packed streets and squares in London, Copenhagen, Rome, Vienna, Zurich and Lisbon. (more...)
NC State grad, NASA astronaut arrives safely at International Space Station NC State grad, NASA astronaut arrives safely at International Space Station
- March 18, 2019

NASA has announced that its astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague safely arrived at the International Space Station and have since boarded the vessel. In a launch late Thursday, both Ovchinin and Hague headed to the ISS with first-time space traveler Christina Koch. On March 22nd and 29th, spacewalks done in pairs will replace nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more the powerful lithium-ion ones (like those found in modern electronics) for power channels on one pair of the ... (more...)
16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize
- March 15, 2019

Protesters took up signs and chanting during their strike. Marlborough Boys' College students Thomas Hynd, 16, and Louis Pinker-Meihana, 17, said it was good to see such a large turn out of protesters. Young people make up more than half of the global population. It is the second global youth stike for climate action in 18 locations around Scotland. (more...)
Solar storm WARNING: Apocalyptic storm that hit Earth could again Solar storm WARNING: Apocalyptic storm that hit Earth could again
- March 15, 2019

Ancient ice cores from Greenland have yielded evidence of three solar "super storms" bigger than anything in recorded history, scientists say. They said that depending on the form it took, a repeat could cripple communications. A strong wave of high-energy particles should be able to destroy most of the electronic devices which are now in use, including primary navigation and communication systems. (more...)
NASA Opportunity's Last Image: Beautiful Panorama Reveals Mars Rover's Final Resting Place NASA Opportunity's Last Image: Beautiful Panorama Reveals Mars Rover's Final Resting Place
- March 14, 2019

Taken over the course of 29 days, the 360-degree panorama shows what would become Opportunity's final resting spot in Perseverance Valley. NASA's Opportunity Rover took one last stunning image of Mars's landscape, before losing touch with them after 15 years last month. (more...)
NASA Says First Person On Mars Likely a Woman NASA Says First Person On Mars Likely a Woman
- March 14, 2019

NASA's massive new rocket won't be ready for a moon shot next year, the space agency's top official told Congress on Wednesday. The first all-women spacewalk will be happening March 29 as part of National Women's Month, Bridenstine said in the interview. (more...)
Save the World and Go Viral With New #Trashtag Challenge Save the World and Go Viral With New #Trashtag Challenge
- March 14, 2019

Dubbed the Trashtag Challenge , it encourages people to pick up litter and post it on their social media accounts while adding hashtags like #trashtag or #trashtagchallenge . It appears that #Trashtag has already become bigger than #Plogging , but whether you're walking, running, biking, or rolling (whatever works!), picking up trash is a great way to make public spaces safer and more accessible. (more...)
Toyota Aims to Send Lunar Rover Into Space in 2029 Toyota Aims to Send Lunar Rover Into Space in 2029
- March 14, 2019

Toyota has revealed the first look at the solar-powered autonomous rover it could soon send to the moon . The Toyota Moon Rover Concept for JAXA measures in at 6.0-metres long, 5.2-metres wide and 3.8-metres tall, which is around the size of two microbuses combined. (more...)
Health professionals support students in their strike for healthy climate action Health professionals support students in their strike for healthy climate action
- March 13, 2019

The move, which stands if pupils have the consent of carers and parents, comes after City of Edinburgh Council made a similar announcement . Can you tell us a little about how Climate Leaders started and what you aim to achieve through the initiative? "Climate change is the biggest issue facing this generation, but the health and safety of all our students is our primary concern and we can not condone any unsupervised action". (more...)
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule Ends First Test Mission With Successful Ocean Splash SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule Ends First Test Mission With Successful Ocean Splash
- March 11, 2019

NASA has awarded SpaceX and Boeing Co a total of $6.8 billion to build competing rocket and capsule systems to launch astronauts into orbit from American soil, something not possible since the U.S. Even though the capsule came back to Earth looking like a "toasted marshmallow" - in the words of SpaceX engineer Kate Tice - the heat shield held. (more...)
Offshore Wind to Provide 30% of UK's Power Offshore Wind to Provide 30% of UK's Power
- March 10, 2019

Offshore wind now provides just over 7% of Britain's power, but the government wants that increased to more than 30% by 2030. The new body will "develop the right skills for years to come, not only by offering apprenticeships, but also by helping experienced people from other parts of the energy sector and the military make the change into offshore wind", he added. (more...)
Newly revealed Albert Einstein letters provide glimpse into his genius mind Newly revealed Albert Einstein letters provide glimpse into his genius mind
- March 10, 2019

The collection includes other letters Einstein exchanged with his friend and fellow scientist, Michele Besso about the theories he was working on. Einstein was one of the founding fathers of the Hebrew University. This idea later became the basis of laser technology. "But I prefer to feel ashamed than to learn it", another paragraph reads, referring to Besso who was learning Hebrew. (more...)
Researchers may have found the weight of the Milky Way Researchers may have found the weight of the Milky Way
- March 10, 2019

Previous estimates of the mass of the Milky Way ranged between 500 billion and 3 trillion times the mass of the Sun. "We know from cosmological simulations what the distribution of mass in the galaxies should look like, so we can calculate how accurate this extrapolation is for the Milky Way", said Laura Watkins of the European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany. (more...)