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NASA's telescope uncovers disk around black hole that shouldn't exist NASA's telescope uncovers disk around black hole that shouldn't exist
- July 12, 2019

Successful detection of gravitational waves from merging black holes would give astrophysicists a better understanding of how massive galaxies and black holes evolve. If this is true, it would make black hole mergers even rarer than they are already assumed to be, but the truth is nobody knows for sure. Detecting the gravitational wave background using one of these pulsar timing arrays takes patience and plenty of monitored stars. (more...)
Partial skull found in Greece is Europe’s oldest human fossil Partial skull found in Greece is Europe’s oldest human fossil
- July 12, 2019

The partial skull was discovered in the Apidima cave on the Mani peninsula in southern Greece and is estimated to be at least 2,10,000 years old, becoming the oldest known modern human fossil in Europe . 'The earliest people did not leave a genetic contribution to Europeans living today. "These were small populations that made it all the way to Greece". (more...)
Low-cost moon mission puts India among lunar pioneers Low-cost moon mission puts India among lunar pioneers
- July 12, 2019

One of the most complex missions attempted to date, Chandrayaan 2 weighs 3.8-tonne and consists of an orbiter with eight scientific experiments, a lander with three experiments, a rover with two experiments and an experiment from the U.S. (more...)
NASA, SpaceX To Send Spacecraft To Supermassive Black Holes In 2021 NASA, SpaceX To Send Spacecraft To Supermassive Black Holes In 2021
- July 11, 2019

NASA provided a launch contract to SpaceX July 8 for the launch of a small astrophysics mission as the corporate provided a Falcon 9 at a lower price than a much smaller rocket. The IXPE rocket is created to fly at a distance of 540 kilometers to the equatorial orbit at an inclination of 0 degrees. The spacecraft was supposed to launch in 2017 but due to some series of issues, the mission didn't continue. (more...)
Japan spacecraft samples asteroid soil Japan spacecraft samples asteroid soil
- July 11, 2019

Hayabusa2 is the first spacecraft to successfully collect underground samples from an asteroid. Since these will come from inside the asteroid, they will not have been exposed to the harsh environment of space. The probe is expected to briefly land about 20m away from the center of that crater in order to collect samples of whatever materials were ejected from the impact three months ago. (more...)
Kilometer-sized asteroid orbits the sun every 151 days Kilometer-sized asteroid orbits the sun every 151 days
- July 11, 2019

Astronomers using the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), a state-of-the-art camera at the Palomar Observatory in southern California, have spotted a very unusual asteroid, named 2019 LF6 . Lots of them have long, elliptical orbits around our Sun, swinging via our system - generally making close passes of Earth alongside the way - across the Sun and then back out once more. (more...)
Watching the tropics, Gulf of Mexico for next storm! Watching the tropics, Gulf of Mexico for next storm!
- July 10, 2019

There is also a low chance for a few showers and t-storms. This activity will be primarily driven by daytime heating and diminish after sunset. A low pressure area now over Georgia will move south and be in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico by Wednesday . (more...)
See Saturn's rings as it begins its closest pass by Earth See Saturn's rings as it begins its closest pass by Earth
- July 09, 2019

The sixth planet from the sun will appear extra bright in the night sky because it's in what's called "opposition". Opposition gives Earth-dwellers the best views of the gas giant and a number of its moons, according to NASA . You can see it rising in the eastern sky around sunset, climbing highest in the sky around midnight, then set in the western sky around sunrise. Saturn's opposition will provide good views of the planet during July, August and September. (more...)
The global tree restoration potential The global tree restoration potential
- July 07, 2019

Here, to explore this, Jean-Francois Bastin, Tom Crowther and colleagues leveraged a unique global dataset of forest observations spanning almost 80,000 forests, combined with the mapping software of Google Earth Engine, which they used to generate a predictive model to map potential tree cover worldwide under current conditions. (more...)
NASA tests launch-abort system for moon-mission capsule NASA tests launch-abort system for moon-mission capsule
- July 05, 2019

NASA hopes the Orion will one day carry astronauts to the moon and possibly Mars. NASA tested a critical component of the Orion spacecraft this week with the Ascent Abort-2 flight test at Cape Canaveral. Mission managers said the test appears successful. The Launch Abort System (LAS) sits at the very top of the big rocket, and is tasked with forcefully pulling the crew out of harm's way in the event of a life-threatening mission failure. (more...)
Japan resumes commercial whaling in 30-years first Japan resumes commercial whaling in 30-years first
- July 03, 2019

Japan announced its decision to withdraw from the IWC in December 2018 after its proposal for resuming commercial whaling was voted down earlier that year. "People have hunted whales for more than 400 years in my home town", said Yoshifumi Kai, head of the Japan Small-Type Whaling Association, addressing a crowd of several dozen politicians, local officials, and whalers. (more...)
Artemis Moon Program Science Payloads Announced by NASA Artemis Moon Program Science Payloads Announced by NASA
- July 03, 2019

The team also will model the radiation environments and related effects associated with space exploration . "The autonomy techniques demonstrated by MoonRanger will enable new kinds exploration missions that will ultimately herald in a new era on the Moon ", says Whittaker. (more...)
Japan returns to commercial whaling after three decades Japan returns to commercial whaling after three decades
- July 03, 2019

A small fleet of whaling vessels has caught their first whales in Japan's first commercial hunt in three decades. Whaling ships depart from a port in Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture on 1 July 2019. As the boats left port, whalers, their families, and local officials in two major whaling towns, Shimonoseki in southwestern Japan and Kushiro in the north, celebrated the fresh start, hoping for their safe return and a good catch. (more...)
NASA successfully launches test of new Orion capsule abort system NASA successfully launches test of new Orion capsule abort system
- July 02, 2019

The rocket will launch Orion 6 miles into the atmosphere, going more than Mach 1, to experience high-stress aerodynamic conditions. A few minutes after separation, NASA reported all 12 ejectable data recorders have been recovered from the ocean. (more...)
Total Solar Eclipse 2019: Know date, timings, other details Total Solar Eclipse 2019: Know date, timings, other details
- July 02, 2019

Thus, blocking its view. The next total solar eclipse is coming on July 2, with the path crossing over the South Pacific, Chile , and Argentina . The eclipse won't be visible in India. From 4 p.m. -5 p.m., the agency will also stream a one-hour program with audio commentary in both English and Spanish. (more...)
Explainer: What is Solar Eclipse? Explainer: What is Solar Eclipse?
- July 01, 2019

The best way to safely watch a total solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses or to project an image of the eclipsed Sun by using a projector. The Exploratorium museum, which is found in San Francisco, will offer a live stream, beaming the event as it is captured by the Cerro Tololo Observatory , which is placed in Chile. (more...)
NASA is going to explore Saturn’s moon Titan with flying drone NASA is going to explore Saturn’s moon Titan with flying drone
- June 29, 2019

Taking advantage of Titan's dense atmosphere and low gravity, Dragonfly will explore dozens of locations across the icy world, sampling and measuring the compositions of Titan's organic surface materials to characterize the habitability of Titan's environment and investigate the progression of prebiotic chemistry. (more...)
Curiosity detects methane spike on Mars again, but what does it mean? Curiosity detects methane spike on Mars again, but what does it mean?
- June 28, 2019

Battelle Education, of Columbus, Ohio, and Future Engineers, of Burbank, California, will collaborate with NASA on the Mars 2020 "Name the Rover" contest, which will be open to students from kindergarten to 12th grade in the fall of 2019. The team have also noted sudden spikes in methane, but can not say how long these temporary plumes last or why they differ from the seasonal patterns. (more...)
SpaceX launched recycled rocket SPT2 SpaceX launched recycled rocket SPT2
- June 28, 2019

The Falcon Heavy is viewed as the world's most dominant working rocket. It was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense, the key contractor for commercial space companies such as SpaceX. Steedman. It required four separate upper-stage engine firings. The Planetary Society's LightSail crowd-funded spacecraft will attempt to become the first orbiting spacecraft to be propelled exclusively by sunlight. (more...)
NASA plans to send a drone to Saturn’s largest moon NASA plans to send a drone to Saturn’s largest moon
- June 28, 2019

The rotorcraft will hop on the moon's surface in a series of leapfrog flights of up to eight km in order to take samples in diversified locations. NASA is sending a drone to explore Saturn's largest moon. Other organics are formed in the atmosphere and fall like light snow. With its oily black seas, hazy golden atmosphere, and electrically charged sand, Saturn's moon Titan is one of the most intriguing objects in the solar system. (more...)