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NASA confirms OSIRIS-REx has secured its asteroid sample NASA confirms OSIRIS-REx has secured its asteroid sample
- November 01, 2020

They will not know the exact cosmic distance from the asteroid Bennu , more than 200 million miles (322 million km) away, until the capsule parachutes into the Utah desert in 2023. While collecting the samples, the container on the end of the robot arm pressed down about 48 centimetres during the six seconds of contact, indicating a sandy and flaky interior beneath the rough surface, Professor Lauretta said. (more...)
Tropical Storm Eta forms, ties record for most named storms Tropical Storm Eta forms, ties record for most named storms
- November 01, 2020

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says there's an 80% chance that a tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean Sea, now near the Lesser Antilles, will form into a tropical depression this weekend or early next week. And in 2005, Zeta formed in the end of December. A hurricane watch was issued for parts of both countries. Strengthening is forecast, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm tonight. (more...)
Future pandemics likely to be deadlier and more frequent, warns UN panel Future pandemics likely to be deadlier and more frequent, warns UN panel
- November 01, 2020

Peter Daszak , chair of the IPBES workshop and president of the EcoHealth Alliance . "As we struggle with the current pandemic, we have to find a path to a green recovery". The experts behind the report conclude that the costs associated with pandemic outbreaks are 100 times the estimated cost of preventing pandemics. The councilors would also coordinate a global monitoring mechanism. (more...)
'Blue Moon' phenomenon occurring on Halloween 'Blue Moon' phenomenon occurring on Halloween
- November 01, 2020

The astronomer described the fact that two full moons appear in October, and the appearance of Uranus beside the full moon occurring on Halloween, is "an extremely rare event". The last monthly Blue Moon was in March 2018 while the last seasonal Blue Moon took place in May 2019. The forecast for Halloween tomorrow, October 31, calls for sunshine in Kamloops and the Okanagan with daytime high temperatures ranging from 7 Celsius in Kamloops to 11 C in Penticton. (more...)
'Once in a Blue Moon' Phenomenon to be Observed Today 'Once in a Blue Moon' Phenomenon to be Observed Today
- November 01, 2020

The leftover days of the year keep adding up until once every two -and-a-half years, 13 Full Moons appear in one calendar year. What's more, this Halloween full moon will be the second full moon in October, and this won't happen again for two decades. (more...)
Daylight saving time ends this weekend Daylight saving time ends this weekend
- October 31, 2020

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, when clocks are set back one hour. Their call to stop the decades-old practice in the US comes during a year when the suddenly earlier sunset will feel even more dreary because of COVID restrictions. (more...)
Elon Musk’s SpaceX sends 2 astronauts into space Elon Musk’s SpaceX sends 2 astronauts into space
- October 31, 2020

The next opportunity for SpaceX and Nasa will come on Saturday. Not since the retirement of the shuttles in 2011 has America been able to launch its own astronauts into space - a big gap in which the United States has had to rely on Russian Soyuz vehicles. (more...)
Not since 1944 Has This Happened On Halloween Night Not since 1944 Has This Happened On Halloween Night
- October 31, 2020

Can you imagine how insane the Annual Portsmouth Halloween Parade would be this year with nice weather and a full moon? A Hunter's Moon is the next full moon after the Harvest Moon - seen this year at the beginning of October. Much like the balcony applause and singing in Italy and Spain, moon-howling in the United States emerged as a way to thank health care workers and other first responders, or simply as a way to blow off the stress of being cooped up. (more...)
Rare Halloween Blue Moon to Appear on October 31 After 19 Years Rare Halloween Blue Moon to Appear on October 31 After 19 Years
- October 30, 2020

We lament the Halloweens lost, the memories not made, get on with our lives and peer out the window at the elusive blue moon appearing in the sky on Halloween night - the first time it has done so since the 1970s. The full moon on October 1, 2020. Chair of Astronomy Ireland David Moore said that "even cameraphones can take great photos of the Moon these days, either close up, or against a backdrop of buildings, statues or landscapes". (more...)
NASA's Groundbreaking Discovery - Water on the Moon? | IE NASA's Groundbreaking Discovery - Water on the Moon? | IE
- October 30, 2020

Under Nasa's Artemis programme, the agency is eager to learn all it can about the presence of water on the Moon in advance of sending the first woman and next man to the lunar surface by 2024 and establishing a sustainable human presence there by the end of the decade. (more...)
Moving Hurricane Zeta kills three as it rips across U.S Moving Hurricane Zeta kills three as it rips across U.S
- October 30, 2020

Its eye then pushed inland over New Orleans and neighboring areas before rushing on to MS and nearby states. Officials said life-threatening conditions would last into the day, with Zeta crossing the mid-Atlantic states as a tropical storm before moving offshore around DE and southern New Jersey. (more...)
'Blue Moon' is present at Halloween 2020 'Blue Moon' is present at Halloween 2020
- October 30, 2020

So if you are in high school right now, you most likely haven't even seen a full moon on Halloween . Whenever a Blue Moon occurs, the total number of full moons for that particular year becomes 13 which usually remains 12 under normal circumstances. (more...)
Earth-Sized Free Floating Rogue Planet Discovered in Milky Way Earth-Sized Free Floating Rogue Planet Discovered in Milky Way
- October 30, 2020

Some of these planets are within 30 light years of the Sun; Earth is just yet to find them. Astronomers have spotted a new "rogue" planet floating through our galaxy , seemingly unattached to a star. "Observer on Earth will see a temporary brightening of the source, which we call a gravitational microlensing event". They used the Warsaw Telescope at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile to gather the data. (more...)
NASA sets new date for first Crew Dragon journey NASA sets new date for first Crew Dragon journey
- October 30, 2020

At an October 28 briefing, Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability at SpaceX, said the engine anomaly that aborted a Falcon 9 launch seconds before its scheduled liftoff October 2 was caused by material that blocked a relief valve in the engine's gas generator, which powers the engine's turbopumps. (more...)
'God of destruction' coming near the Earth 'God of destruction' coming near the Earth
- October 29, 2020

Dave Tholen and collaborators have detected Yarkovsky acceleration of Apophis, increasing the possibility of an impact with Earth in 2068. Researchers at the University of Hawaii revealed that some parts of the asteroid are getting heated up due to the Yarkovsky effect. (more...)
Made by Google products go green with recycled materials Made by Google products go green with recycled materials
- October 29, 2020

Google has now announced that all Made by Google products including the newly launched Pixel 5 smartphones and Nest Audio speakers, now use recyclable material. In August previous year, Google shared a new set of hardware and sustainability commitments to reduce its impact on the environment. Furthermore, Nest products like the Nest Audio and Nest Thermostat have 70% including acoustic fabric and 75% recycled plastics respectively but doesn't mention Chromecast with Google TV . (more...)
Hurricane Zeta Strengthens and Takes Aim at New Orleans Hurricane Zeta Strengthens and Takes Aim at New Orleans
- October 29, 2020

The iconic streetcars shut down and City Hall closed, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said. Along with being the fifth named storm of the year to make landfall in Louisiana, a record for one season, beating out 2002, Zeta also became the 11th named storm of the season to make landfall in the United States, another new record. (more...)
Great Barrier Reef biobank design reveals future for global coral protection Great Barrier Reef biobank design reveals future for global coral protection
- October 29, 2020

Closer to Queensland's Cape York than NY the natural reef tower was uncovered during a 12 month research mission by the Schmidt Ocean Institute . According to the institute's press release, this reef is the first "massive" reef to be discovered in 120 years . (more...)
A Once-A-Decade Blue Moon Will Make This Halloween Extra Spooky A Once-A-Decade Blue Moon Will Make This Halloween Extra Spooky
- October 28, 2020

While the phrase "once in a blue moon" implies something incredibly rare, such as seeing a yak nibbling your geraniums (don't you hate it when that happens?), a blue moon actually refers to the second full moon occurring in a calendar month, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac . (more...)
Coral Reef Bigger Than The Empire State Building Discovered In Queensland Coral Reef Bigger Than The Empire State Building Discovered In Queensland
- October 28, 2020

Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is made up of nearly 3,000 individual reefs, a number now one larger after the announcement of the first discovery of a new reef in 120 years. It is taller than the Empire State Building (442m), Petronas Twin Towers (451m) and Eiffel Tower (323m). The release described the reef as "blade-like", and said it was a little less than a mile wide, with it sitting just 131 feet below sea level at its most shallow depth. (more...)