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Perseid meteor shower: shooting stars set to rain down tonight Perseid meteor shower: shooting stars set to rain down tonight
- August 13, 2020

John Denver was inspired to write the classic Rocky Mountain High after he viewed the Perseid show in Colorado . The meteor shower began on July 17 and will continue to be visible until August 24. There's no way to predict exactly how many you'll see on any given night. There will be some intermittent cloud cover tonight while Wednesday and Thursday night the forecast is for clear skies . (more...)
Dwarf Planet Ceres Has Reservoirs of Sea Water Beneath the Surface Dwarf Planet Ceres Has Reservoirs of Sea Water Beneath the Surface
- August 12, 2020

But the deposition of different salts on the surface has another implication: they could come from a different sources . The presence of salts may have preserved the liquid as a brine , despite chilly temperatures. Evaporation and sublimation (when liquid transforms specifically into a fuel) pressured the h2o to the surface, in a kind cryovolcanism not witnessed anyplace else in the photo voltaic technique, according to the scientists. (more...)
New tropical depression forms in Atlantic Ocean New tropical depression forms in Atlantic Ocean
- August 12, 2020

It said the depression is moving toward the west at near 26 km/h and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday. The record-breaking 2005 hurricane season saw 30 named storms , which exceeded the alphabetical list of storm names and forced scientists to name new storms after letters in the Greek alphabet. (more...)
Nearly Half Of Canada's Last Ice Shelf Collapses, Measures Bigger Than Manhattan Nearly Half Of Canada's Last Ice Shelf Collapses, Measures Bigger Than Manhattan
- August 12, 2020

The ECCC Canadian Ice Service shared on their Twitter account that many elements like above average air temperatures, offshore winds, and open water just in front of the Milne Ice Shelf contributed to the collapse of the ice caps . (more...)
Mauritius oil spill: Volunteer army races to contain environmental disaster Mauritius oil spill: Volunteer army races to contain environmental disaster
- August 12, 2020

Local officials, activists, and residents are anxious that it may be "too late" to contain the spill. The freighter, which Mauritius says was carrying nearly 4,000 tons of fuel, began breaking apart on August 6, spilling about 1,000 tons of oil into the ocean, Forbes reported . (more...)
Mauritius oil spill in the Indian Ocean Mauritius oil spill in the Indian Ocean
- August 11, 2020

Mauritius has declared a " state of environmental emergency" after a Japanese bulk carrier that wrecked on its shores in late July began leaking tons of oil into the Indian Ocean . "Two ships are headed to the site so that fuel can be pumped into them, but it is very hard". Continuous wind and waves have spread the fuel across the eastern side of the island, Dowarkasing said, adding "We've never seen anything like this in Mauritius ". (more...)
Annual Sturgis motorcycle rally Annual Sturgis motorcycle rally
- August 11, 2020

He and his wife, who declined to give their ages but said they were at elevated risk for COVID-19, were among the handful of people seen wearing masks in downtown Sturgis, a community of about 7,000 that's roughly 25 miles (40 kilometres) northwest of Rapid City. (more...)
The Perseid Meteor Shower Will Be Visible On Tuesday Night The Perseid Meteor Shower Will Be Visible On Tuesday Night
- August 10, 2020

The Perseids are one of the best and brightest batches of shooting stars visible from Earth. August typically features more comfortable stargazing weather for the Perseids compared to December's cold and often cloudy conditions around the peak of the Geminids. (more...)
NASA to eliminate offensive names from planets NASA to eliminate offensive names from planets
- August 10, 2020

The adjustments are part of a broader "motivation to range, fairness, and inclusion". This is being done so that they can get recommendations for better nicknames and terms for review. "NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion", said NASA in the press release . (more...)
Clear night skies forecast for 2020 Perseids meteor shower peak over Bulgaria
- August 10, 2020

To watch, find a spot away from city lights with a clear view of the sky . The Perseids are one of the most consistently spectacular showers of the year, producing dozens of meteoroid trails, like this one captured from Tucson, Arizona, by photographer Eliot Herman. (more...)
Hurry up: Last chance to see a supermoon this year
- August 10, 2020

There have already been three super moons this year, and you won't get a chance to see one again until April 2021. The Flower Moon will start to appear full on Tuesday night and potentially overshadow the spectacle of the Eta-Aquariid meteor shower, which is expected to peak in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (more...)
Weather iffy for SpaceX astronaut launch Weather iffy for SpaceX astronaut launch
- August 09, 2020

Failing that, backup launch opportunities are on Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. ET, and on Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. ET. "I think the on-orbit crew is definitely ready for some company, and very much looking forward to the launch this Wednesday", Kirk Shireman, manager of NASA's International Space Station Program, said . (more...)
Astronauts speak out about successful landing - Full show on CBS All Access Astronauts speak out about successful landing - Full show on CBS All Access
- August 08, 2020

Hurley, who directed two transport missions, including the winged orbiter's last trip to the space station in 2011, said he anticipated a few amazements during the Crew Dragon's reemergence. Behnken also described feeling some "warming" inside the capsule. Mr Behnken said: "From a crew perspective, I think it's definitely ready to go". (more...)
England's first wild beavers in 400 years allowed to stay in river England's first wild beavers in 400 years allowed to stay in river
- August 08, 2020

The first beavers to be introduced into the wild in England for 400 years were yesterday given permission to stay, in what campaigners hailed as a landmark move. In light of this, Natural England will not be licensing any further releases in the wild until after the formal consultation has completed and consideration given to the responses. (more...)
Science & Tech: SpaceX completes examination flight of Mars rocket prototype Science & Tech: SpaceX completes examination flight of Mars rocket prototype
- August 08, 2020

According to Space.com 's latest report , SpaceX flew its Starship mars-colonizing spacecraft's full-size prototype for the first time. It's designated Starship SN5, which is the fifth serialized test article. In typical SpaceX style, both vehicles will be fully reusable, an approach that Musk passionately advocates as being the only way forward to slashing the cost of spaceflight. (more...)
Dinosaurs suffered from deadly cancer millions of years ago Dinosaurs suffered from deadly cancer millions of years ago
- August 08, 2020

Mark Crowther , Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and Snezana Popovic, an osteopathologist, both from McMaster University , made a decision to analyze it using modern medical techniques. "We often imagine them as mythical creatures, walking with a heavy and robust step, but (.) they suffered from diseases like humans". "I think in an odd way it brings them even more back to life". (more...)
SpaceX Launches Internet Satellites | KFI AM 640 SpaceX Launches Internet Satellites | KFI AM 640
- August 07, 2020

ET Aug. 7 (10:12 p.m.PT Aug. 6). SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from its Florida launch pad. Originally expected as early as June 23rd, just 20 days after Falcon 9 B1049 became the first orbital-class booster to successfully launch and land five times, Falcon 9 B1051's own fifth-flight milestone is now slated to occur a little more than two months later - still impressive by any account. (more...)
SpaceX Crew Dragon with two NASA astronauts docks with International Space Station SpaceX Crew Dragon with two NASA astronauts docks with International Space Station
- August 07, 2020

Following the successful launch, President Trump said USA astronauts would return to the Moon in 2024 "to establish a permanent presence and a launching pad to Mars". However, private companies such as SpaceX have now made it affordable for the likes of NASA to launch from home turf once again. The astronauts will perform a variety of tasks aboard the Crew Dragon as part of the demo mission in addition to the manual-control demonstration. (more...)
Isaias causes 2nd largest outage in ConEd history, company says Isaias causes 2nd largest outage in ConEd history, company says
- August 06, 2020

Utilities have deployed 7,000 workers to help respond to the damage and restore service, according to the governor's office. The city of Springfield, which was seeing the largest number of power losses Wednesday out of any MA community, was still reporting the most outages in the state Thursday. (more...)
Watch SpaceX's stunning Starship prototype 'hop' test flight and landing Watch SpaceX's stunning Starship prototype 'hop' test flight and landing
- August 06, 2020

Still, the very cylindrical (very un-SpaceX) test craft marked a major milestone for the aerospace company: it's the first large-scale Starship model to survive liftoff and landing. The astronauts had traveled in the Dragon capsule developed by SpaceX. In 2019, an earlier prototype - the smaller Starhopper - flew to 150 meters in altitude and returned to land. (more...)