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Jupiter and Saturn near for great conjunction on December 21 Jupiter and Saturn near for great conjunction on December 21
- December 15, 2020

During typical great conjunctions , Jupiter and Saturn come within about one degree (the width of two full Moons ) of each other. Just a few days before Christmas , on December 21, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer in Earth's night sky than they have since 1226 A.D. (more...)
China Moon probe starts return to Earth with lunar samples China Moon probe starts return to Earth with lunar samples
- December 15, 2020

The orbital correction was conducted at 11:13 am ( Beijing Time) when the two 25N engines on the orbiter-returner combination were operational for about 28 seconds, China National Space Administration ( CNSA ) said. The return capsule is expected to land in northern China in the Inner Mongolia region after a three-day journey. Planetary scientists are eagerly awaiting the samples, which could help them understand volcanic activity on the moon, and calibrate a technique to estimate the age ... (more...)
NASA, ESA Choose Astronauts for SpaceX Crew-3 Mission to Space Station NASA, ESA Choose Astronauts for SpaceX Crew-3 Mission to Space Station
- December 15, 2020

NASA has been promoting the Artemis Accords as an worldwide collection of rules of conduct in the exploration of outer space and the activities on the Moon. 'This will not be the first commercial crew mission to overlap. The Crew-1 astronauts, who are now on station, and the Crew-2 astronauts, also are expected to coincide in their sojourns for a short time. (more...)
Global emissions were slowing even before the Covid pandemic Global emissions were slowing even before the Covid pandemic
- December 15, 2020

Emissions from road transport and aviation, which have been responsible for the largest share of the global decrease, were also below their levels by about 10 percent and 40 percent as of December, since COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. (more...)
Climate Ambition Summit 2020 Climate Ambition Summit 2020
- December 15, 2020

Below is a statement by Kathy Mulvey , accountability director in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS. The UN secretary general, António Guterres called on all world leaders at the recently held 2020 Climate Ambition Summit , to declare a "state of climate emergency " in order to curb the ominous effects of global warming. (more...)
The Impressive Geminids Meteor Shower Will Be Visible in Australia Tonight The Impressive Geminids Meteor Shower Will Be Visible in Australia Tonight
- December 15, 2020

The showers are visible for almost two weeks between 4-16 December. It's the most highly-anticipated meteor shower of the year, and it always happens around the middle of December. The Geminids are accessible from the entire Northern Hemisphere and from many Southern Hemisphere locations as well. "Although some Meteors are very bright, some are significantly fainter and so to get the best possible view you need a dark sky". (more...)
Two WA women chosen for NASA moon missions
- December 14, 2020

The United States and its partners might be using the Artemis space program as a shield to cover military projects on the Moon, Sergey Saveliev, the deputy director general for global cooperation at Russian state space corporation Roscosmos, said on Monday. (more...)
Shooting stars dazzle night skies as Geminid meteor shower peaks
- December 14, 2020

During its peak, 120 Geminid meteors can be seen per hour under flawless conditions. "We likely won't see quite as many meteors as we would at peak, but if the skies stay clear it should still be a great night for meteor-spotting", NASA wrote on its Facebook page. (more...)
Active Covid-19 cases around 3.5 lakh in India Active Covid-19 cases around 3.5 lakh in India
- December 14, 2020

The death toll rose to 1,43,355 with 336 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. Of the total cases, 93,57,464 have been cured/discharged. According to the ministry, tests also detected 43,900 new cases in the past day, raising the national count to 6,880,127. Five key genes are linked with probably the most extreme type of COVID-19, scientists mentioned on Friday, in analysis that additionally pointed to a number of present medication that may very well be repurposed to deal ... (more...)
Coronavirus cases: India records 27,071 new COVID cases; tally at 98,84,100 Coronavirus cases: India records 27,071 new COVID cases; tally at 98,84,100
- December 14, 2020

The character first appeared in the 1850 book by Amsterdam School teacher Jan Schenkmann. In a bid to cheer up the 150 residents of the Hemelrijck care home in Mol, Beligum, Sinterklaas and his helpers known as Zwarte Piet ('Black Pete') visited the home to spread some festive joy. (more...)
SpaceX launches SiriusXM satellite from Cape Canaveral SpaceX launches SiriusXM satellite from Cape Canaveral
- December 14, 2020

The reusable booster has also been recovered for the seventh time, SpaceX said. Two SpaceX boats were sent down to retrieve two parts of the Falcon 9's clamshell-like payload firing, which came out of the rocket's nose just minutes after the lift was turned off. (more...)
Solar eclipse December 2020: Check date, timings in India, visibility Solar eclipse December 2020: Check date, timings in India, visibility
- December 14, 2020

Scientists suggest that a year can witness as many as five solar eclipses in a year but they are visible from only limited regions. When is the next solar eclipse?The last solar eclipse occurred on June 21, 2020, which was an Annular Solar Eclipse of magnitude 0.99. (more...)
Worldwide emissions tumble 7pc as Covid-19 cuts traffic Worldwide emissions tumble 7pc as Covid-19 cuts traffic
- December 13, 2020

The government enforced lockdowns around the world as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic are attributed to this significant drop in fossil fuel emissions. This calculation has been done on the basis of energy use and industrial products etc. In many places, the sharp emissions declines from coronavirus restrictions were superposed on prior reductions. (more...)
United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launch Tonight United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launch Tonight
- December 13, 2020

EST. The "Launch" configuration of the United Launch Alliance's Delta IV rocket is the firm's most powerful launcher - second only to SpaceX's Falcon Heavy. The mission named NROL-44 finally got off the pad following three months of delays and scrubs. Unlike SpaceX, ULA does not attempt to land delta boosters. (more...)
US States to Start Getting Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine From Monday US States to Start Getting Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine From Monday
- December 13, 2020

The US public will start receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine from Monday after it was authorised for emergency use, officials say. "That's why we have joined more than 100 leading public health, economic, business, and racial justice leaders to call on the USA government to make the upcoming COVID-19 vaccines a people's vaccine: a global public good, fairly available to all, and prioritizing those most in need everywhere around the world ". (more...)
Rare Solar Eclipse to be Visible in S. Korea Sunday Afternoon Rare Solar Eclipse to be Visible in S. Korea Sunday Afternoon
- December 13, 2020

Qatar Calendar House (QCH) said it monitored the partial solar eclipse on Sunday morning from the main hall of Sheikh Abdullah Al Ansari Complex in Dafna, the official Qatar News Agency reported. The coast-to-coast eclipse on August 21 of that year carved a 70-mile wide path of totality from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic, with hordes of people donning solar eclipse glasses to experience the unusual event. (more...)
How to See This Friday’s Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- December 12, 2020

According to the space agency, the Maine Farmer's Almanac first published Native American names for the full moons in the 1930s. Other names for the first full moon is June are Rose Moon and Flower Moon. No special equipment is required as it is safe to gaze at the moon with our bare eyes. 'As always, the moon will affect the Earth's ocean, and the extra gravitational pull means we should brace ourselves for some spectacular tides worldwide, ' he said. (more...)
Meteor shower clearly visible in Sri Lanka on Sunday Meteor shower clearly visible in Sri Lanka on Sunday
- December 12, 2020

The moon won't outshine any of the meteors , since it will hang dark and almost invisible in the night sky. The Geminids are known to be the most magnificent event of their kind, providing your best chance in the entire year to catch a glimpse of some blazing space rocks. (more...)
Jupiter and Saturn To Join In 'Great Conjunction' on 21st December Jupiter and Saturn To Join In 'Great Conjunction' on 21st December
- December 12, 2020

This particular Jupiter/Saturn "great conjunction" is extremely rare because of how close the two planets will look to one another and how easy it will be to see. The two bright planets, which will appear consistently bright and not twinkling like stars, will be pretty low in the sky. Jupiter and Saturn should be visible within the same field-of-view on December 21st whether using binoculars or a small "backyard" telescope along with four of Jupiter's largest moons spread out in a straight ... (more...)
United Airlines targets to reduce 100% of GHG by 2050 United Airlines targets to reduce 100% of GHG by 2050
- December 12, 2020

United said it plans to invest several million dollars in a company that specializes in such technology, 1PointFive, which was created by Occidental Petroleum Corporation and private equity firm Rusheen Capital Management , according to a statement. (more...)