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Lunar eclipse on July 27-28 to be longest of this century Lunar eclipse on July 27-28 to be longest of this century
- July 14, 2018

In exactly a month, if we are lucky and there is no thick cloud cover, we may have a chance to see a blood moon once again, as the "largest lunar eclipse this century" is expected to be witnessed on July 27, 2018. If you live in a region of the world where the lunar eclipse isn't visible, you can still experience the spectacular sky show. This slower moving full Moon will take longer time and greater distance of Earth's umbral shadow cone to travel. (more...)
Neighboring Earth-Like Exoplanet Could Support Life Neighboring Earth-Like Exoplanet Could Support Life
- July 14, 2018

The work was published in Astrophysical Journal Letters . Their immediate conclusions described an Earth-like world orbiting the red dwarf star Ross 128, at around one twentieth of the distance between the Earth and our Sun. It is through the characteristics of the red dwarf Ross 128 that scientists continue to learn more about the exoplanet Ross 128. The element abundance in the red dwarf revealed many details about the exoplanet, given that both celestial objects formed from the same ... (more...)
Icelandic whaling company 'killed endangered blue whale'
- July 14, 2018

Volunteers monitoring the whaling site photographed orange-clad crews examining the massive carcass. Images of the dead whale provided by anti-whaling group Hard To Port triggered fury among experts and activists. Reaching 30 meters long and weighing up to 200 tonnes, blue whales have been protected worldwide by the International Whaling Commission since the 1960s, after decades of what Pack calls "unchecked exploitation". (more...)
Ice reveals a messenger from a blazing galaxy
- July 14, 2018

Astronomers long have relied upon electromagnetic observations - studying light - but this approach has limitations because too many aspects of the universe are indecipherable using light alone. The IceCube detector is a massive device made by drilling 86 holes into the Antarctic ice that are each 2,500 meters deep. When researchers pointed a variety of instruments in the direction from which the neutrino came, they located an extremely powerful blazar. (more...)
Did NASA probe burn up organic molecules on Mars 40 years ago? Did NASA probe burn up organic molecules on Mars 40 years ago?
- July 14, 2018

However, in 1976, NASA's twin Viking landers conducted the first experiments that searched for organic matter on the Red Planet. The inability of the landers Viking 1 and Viking 2 to find organic material on the planet has baffled scientists since the probes landed there in July and September 1972. (more...)
Video captures massive iceberg break off from Greenland glacier
- July 14, 2018

There are fears that if the iceberg splits in two it could create a tsunami effect. The evacuation happened only because the iceberg is so close to the village. A video taken by scientists from New York University on June 22 shows a massive iceberg separating from Greenland's Helheim glacier. New York University professor David Holland, an expert in atmospheric and ocean science, has told The Associated Press that "this is the largest event we've seen in over a decade in Greenland". (more...)
Israel plans to launch Moon landing mission in December
- July 14, 2018

SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries have raised $88 million so far, CNET reports . Its expected maximum speed could exceed 10 kilometers per second. Artist's illustration of SpaceIL's lander on the surface of the moon. The probe, presented in the Israeli city of Yehud, will land on the lunar surface after a long journey during which it will orbit for about two months around the Earth. (more...)
Coral reefs damaged by ecological effects of rat invasion
- July 13, 2018

The rat-free islands were found to have more seabirds, whose waste supplies the soil with abundant nitrogen. An extraordinary set of remote tropical islands in the central Indian Ocean, the Chagos islands provided a flawless "laboratory" setting as some of the islands are rat-free, while others are infested with black rats - thought to have been introduced in the late 1700s and early 1800s. (more...)
Seven of 14 rhinos die after move to Kenyan national park Seven of 14 rhinos die after move to Kenyan national park
- July 13, 2018

It has suspended the ongoing move of other rhinos with the surviving ones being closely monitored. The Chief Executive Officer of Kenyan Conservation NGO WildlifeDirect Paula Kahumbu says this is the worst disaster ever recorded in Kenya over rhino deaths after translocation asking the Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala to acknowledge it as so. (more...)
Scientists discover source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos for the first time Scientists discover source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos for the first time
- July 13, 2018

That detection was made on September 22, 2017, and using telescopes on Earth and in space, the scientists were able to determine that the particle had originated in a galaxy that is almost four billion light years from Earth in the Orion constellation. (more...)
Officials Conduct Demolition of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Towers Officials Conduct Demolition of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Towers
- July 13, 2018

As local newsgroup Florida Today reports , the demolition went smoothly, with a pair of huge launch towers and gantries falling lopsided under their own weight. Cape Canaveral has always been a cherished place for the United States space program, having hosted some of the most important space missions stretching back decades. (more...)
Israel sent to the moon unmanned spacecraft SpaceX rocket Israel sent to the moon unmanned spacecraft SpaceX rocket
- July 13, 2018

He had experienced numerous challenges in his life, but this was the greatest challenge of all. The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride. A Falcon 9 rocket will be used for the mission, this could be one of SpaceX's most prolific launches if it all goes according to plan. About it reports Reuters with a reference to the Executive Director SpaceIL IDO Anteby. (more...)
Tropical Storm Chris barrelling toward Newfoundland Tropical Storm Chris barrelling toward Newfoundland
- July 13, 2018

Chris, a Category 2 hurricane packing 105 miles per hour winds, moved northeastward Wednesday towards Canadian waters, the National Hurricane Center said . REGARDLESS OF DEVELOPMENT, the system will avoid the US and be carried out to the northern Atlantic in a similar fashion to Hurricane Chris just days ago. (more...)
Israeli company plans lunar landing next year Israeli company plans lunar landing next year
- July 13, 2018

Would SpaceIL mission will be successful Israel, in some way, will became the fourth nation to ever land on the Moon. The $95 million project, largely funded by South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn and other donors, aims to land on the moon on February 13. (more...)
Solar eclipse on July 13: How to watch, timings, etc
- July 13, 2018

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are aligned so the Earth glides through at least part of the moon's shadow. Unlike the 2017 total solar eclipse , this week's partial solar eclipse won't be visible to Americans - or most of the world for that matter. (more...)
Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin comes out against Supreme Court nominee Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin comes out against Supreme Court nominee
- July 13, 2018

He also hopes Democrats will unite to "put pressure on the Republican moderates" and salvage the "future of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years". Though the challenge by the plaintiff, an atheist opposing the prayers, was dismissed, Kavanaugh said he did have standing to sue. Still, Kavanaugh has a reputation as a stalwart conservative, bound to shift the political balance of the court. (more...)
Launch pad dating back to early days of space program demolished
- July 13, 2018

It's considered to be twin landmarks with plenty of history. The demolition and subsequent cleanup is priced at around $2 million, and a number of contractors will now begin the challenging task of removing and recycling 1,700 tons of steal as well as a couple thousand tons of concrete. (more...)
NASA commercial crew program for space station faces delays, report says NASA commercial crew program for space station faces delays, report says
- July 13, 2018

NASA needs a backup plan for getting astronauts to space, given additional delays on the horizon for new commercial crew capsules, the US Government Accountability Office recommended Wednesday. The GAO notes that the contract with Russian Federation is set to end in late 2019. NASA's human explorations chief, William Gerstenmaier, said the space agency is actively working on options to keep Americans living and working, uninterrupted, at the station. (more...)
NASA Probe May Have Burnt Organic Molecules On Mars 40 Years Ago
- July 13, 2018

Nasa's Viking landers were sent to Mars to search for possible signs of life and study the physical and magnetic properties of the soil and atmosphere. "You get some new insight, and you realize that everything you knew was wrong". However, finding perchlorate didn't provide concrete proof that the Viking landers found and accidentally destroyed organic molecules, so the investigation continued. (more...)
Hundreds Witness A Fireball Whooshing Across Central US Hundreds Witness A Fireball Whooshing Across Central US
- July 12, 2018

The fiery object was noted by the American Meteor Society, which collects witness reports and catalogs them on its website. The organization shared videos of the event from what appears to be security cameras in a rural neighborhood. A meteor is a fragment broken off from an asteroid or comet orbiting the sun which burns up as it encounters friction from the Earth's atmosphere, turning into a spectacular flaming ball. (more...)
Kavanaugh works Capitol Hill as Dems warn of rightward tilt Kavanaugh works Capitol Hill as Dems warn of rightward tilt
- July 12, 2018

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT said on Wednesday that Trump, in choosing Kavanaugh , is "trying to rig a Supreme Court such that it will strike down protections for pre-existing conditions and he has a case ready to move to the Supreme Court to do just that". (more...)
From Greenland broke off a six-kilometer-long iceberg From Greenland broke off a six-kilometer-long iceberg
- July 12, 2018

A new video - captured by a team of New York University researchers and shared online this week - shows the dramatic calving event. A 2017 estimate indicated that if the entire Western Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed, sea levels would rise about three metres. (more...)
Whalers accused of slaughtering endangered blue whale off coast of Iceland
- July 12, 2018

The huge carcass was seen being hauled in to port by the Hvalur 8 ship while tied to the side of the vessel before being dragged on to the dock on Saturday evening. Loftsson is allowed by the Icelandic Government to hunt fun whales, despite the global moratorium on whaling, but killing blue whales is illegal everywhere. (more...)
Supreme Court nominee dishes out mac and cheese to homeless Supreme Court nominee dishes out mac and cheese to homeless
- July 12, 2018

It is likely to be one of the more important decisions of his presidency. "He can't possibly be as conservative as some people are making him out to be", Leipold said . Abortion became legal in 1973 in a famous case known as Roe versus Wade . If confirmed by the Senate, the 53-year old Kavanaugh is poised to remain on the bench for years to come, cementing conservative control in the country's top judicial body. (more...)
Campaign group says illegal ivory trade bypasses European Union law Campaign group says illegal ivory trade bypasses European Union law
- July 12, 2018

Avaaz's report said: "This is an EU-wide problem - high levels of illegal ivory were found in nearly every country tested". Researchers purchased over 100 ivory items and found 75 percent of them were fake antiques being sold illegally. All the ivory pieces were advertised as originating from before 1947 or had no date information. "We need urgently to close the loopholes, ban the ivory trade and make sure all elephants are protected so that we can stop the poaching crisis and save them ... (more...)