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Hothouse Earth Scenario Threatens To Make The Planet Uninhabitable Hothouse Earth Scenario Threatens To Make The Planet Uninhabitable
- August 10, 2018

Currently, the global average temperature is slightly one degree higher than that of the pre-industrial era and increases 0.17 degrees each decade. The study led by Will Steffen from the Australian National University (ANU) warned that this situation could result in temperatures rising to approximately five degrees over pre-industrial levels and sea level rising up by 10-60 metres in the long term, reports Efe news. (more...)
Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend
- August 10, 2018

During this time , you'll see an incredible number of meteors. This year, the show will be particularly great, since there's a new moon August 11, meaning there'll be practically no moonlight to interfere with the show . The particles that cause the Perseids are travelling at around 60 km per second, which is why the meteors we see are typically very fast and bright. (more...)
Hurricane Hector threatens Hawaii, John targets Mexico Hurricane Hector threatens Hawaii, John targets Mexico
- August 10, 2018

The National Weather Service says the system will continue to weaken in the coming days as it moves westward. John, which absorbed a tropical storm called Ileana, is already dumping heavy rain on states in western Mexico, the National Water Commission said. (more...)
NASA counts down to launch of first spacecraft to ‘touch Sun’ NASA counts down to launch of first spacecraft to ‘touch Sun’
- August 10, 2018

The car-sized probe, which will fly closer to the sun than any other man-made object, is set to blast off at 3:33am eastern daylight time (8:33am BST) from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 11. Additionally, the Sun is the only star we can study up-close, and any insights we glean from the Parker Solar Probe could help us better understand how other stars function. (more...)
Partial Solar Eclipse 2018 Partial Solar Eclipse 2018
- August 10, 2018

It can also be seen over northern Canada, northeastern US, Greenland, Scandinavia, Siberia and some parts of central Asia, according to Nasa. Earlier, on July 27, second and last lunar eclipse of 2018 was experienced in many countries including Pakistan. (more...)
NASA poised to launch first Sun-skimming spaceship NASA poised to launch first Sun-skimming spaceship
- August 10, 2018

Over the course of its mission, the Parker Solar Probe will orbit the sun 24 times while being subjected to extreme heat and radiation, with temperatures expected to reach 1,377C, almost hot enough to melt steel. In the Parker Solar Mission, a car-shaped spacecraft will orbit the sun's corona. The probe will fly into the outer corona and is only able to get that close because of modern engineering, Garvin said. (more...)
Last solar eclipse of 2018 on 11th Last solar eclipse of 2018 on 11th
- August 10, 2018

Due to the limited range of influence, the partial solar eclipse will not be live streamed by an agency or observatory. The most of the Solar eclipse 2018 in August will appear in the Northern part of the World. The date for Aanshik Surya Grahan or Partial Solar Eclipse is August 11, 2018. Unlike solar eclipses, a lunar eclipse often lasts much longer, and are less rare because they can be seen by everyone on the side of Earth where it's night, while only those within the radius of the ... (more...)
'Worst drought in living memory': Australia's big dry 'Worst drought in living memory': Australia's big dry
- August 10, 2018

With dry conditions forecast to continue for the next three months, farmers had to decide whether to continue the expensive and laborious task of hand-feeding cattle and sheep or sell their livestock. "They understand drought is part of the Australian climate and they manage for it, but this drought is longer and more widespread than any drought we've seen in over 50 years so that's why we've got to provide additional support". (more...)
NASAs planet-hunting probe catches comet in action NASAs planet-hunting probe catches comet in action
- August 10, 2018

The comet is named C/2018 N1 , it is at nearly 48 million kilometers away from our planet and the images captured by TESS show the comet moving over the constellation Piscis Austrinus. The light drifting from Mars located outside the frame can be seen as a faint broad arc of light which is moving across the middle section of the frame from left to right. (more...)
Scientists concerned about endangered orca still pushing body of her calf
- August 10, 2018

The pod's pregnancies haven't produced a viable offspring over the past three years, said the research centre. It's unclear if the whale has been eating, and scientists told the outlet her vast swim could very well be depleting her energy reserves. (more...)
Australia's most populous state entirely in drought - International Australia's most populous state entirely in drought - International
- August 10, 2018

Smatterings of rain fell on Monday in parts of eastern Australia devastated by drought , but not enough to make a difference. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said that nationally, it was the driest July in Australia since 2002. Farmers in NSW were spending up to A$10,000 per truckload of hay to feed their animals, he said. "You turn up here because you've got to turn up". "Many farmers are taking livestock off their paddocks, only to then see kangaroos move in and take whatever is ... (more...)
Parker Solar Probe: It's Surprisingly Hard to Go to the Sun
- August 10, 2018

The Parker Solar Probe will be the first-ever mission to "touch" the Sun, traveling directly into the Sun's atmosphere about 4 million miles from the surface. Parker will gradually shed its sideways speed as it approaches the Sun, but the Sun's extreme gravity will take over and it will start accelerating. (more...)
The Year’s Brightest Meteor Shower To Dazzle BC Skies This Week
- August 10, 2018

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show. So if you can find a spot away from artificial light and free of clouds, you will be in for a great show! No special equipment is needed, just patience. (more...)
Environment Canada issues a heat warning for Kamloops Environment Canada issues a heat warning for Kamloops
- August 10, 2018

It also advises that you check in on older family and friends, as well as seek cool spots like a shaded area, pool or air conditioned building. Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Advisory stating extreme heat is expected to hit most the province this week. (more...)
Organic makeup of ancient meteorites sheds light on early solar system Organic makeup of ancient meteorites sheds light on early solar system
- August 09, 2018

Astronomers tried to understand how our Earth began to support life and could there be life in other solar systems, - informs the newspaper The Independent. Asteroids are the remains from the formation of the solar system formation some 4.6 billion years ago. Decrepit igneous meteorite entails indication to planet building blocks. (more...)
LOOK UP! Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend! LOOK UP! Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend!
- August 09, 2018

As many as 100 meteors, or shooting stars, can be seen per hour during the shower's peak between Saturday and Monday. A meteor is a rock or debris that enters the Earth's atmosphere. The Perseid meteor shower will peak from 4 p.m. EST on Sunday until 4 a.m. EST on Monday, according to NASA . "So, you're going to see a streak, and hopefully a colored streak but, they aren't always very colorful", says Vicki Funke, manager of Weiskopf Observatory. (more...)
NASA's Parker Solar Probe, its journey to the Sun NASA's Parker Solar Probe, its journey to the Sun
- August 09, 2018

The probe "will travel through the sun's atmosphere, closer to its surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions - and ultimately providing humanity with the closest-ever observations of a star", NASA said in a statement. (more...)
NOAA: Ailing orca J50 spotted; crews ready to provide aid
- August 09, 2018

As a female with reproductive potential, scientists say she could play a vital role in her species' recovery if she survives. Paul Cottrell of Fisheries and Oceans Canada says a federal research team saw J50 Tuesday afternoon near Port Renfrew, B.C., but conditions were so foggy that they couldn't assess her condition. (more...)
Perseid meteor shower 2018 to be BEST EVER: Astronomers tout 'AMAZING SHOW'
- August 09, 2018

The meteors we see in August are fragments left by the comet Swift-Tuttle. Every year stargazers look to the sky mid-August to see a spectacular display. That was most likely the Perseids. But you do not have to worry about finding the constellation in the star-lit night because the Perseids will burst out in every direction imaginable. (more...)
Perseid meteor shower peaks next weekend Perseid meteor shower peaks next weekend
- August 08, 2018

Make sure to look up this weekend as the Perseid Meteor Shower puts on its annual show in the skies above South Florida. Cooke adds that sky watchers will be able to see the shower starting on Aug. NASA said that's because Earth takes more than three weeks to sift through the dust left from the comet "Swift-Tuttle". However, the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky. (more...)
Astronomers Discover Incredible Magnetism in Rogue Planet - NOVA Next Astronomers Discover Incredible Magnetism in Rogue Planet - NOVA Next
- August 08, 2018

Although this sounds hot, it's quite cool compared with the sun's surface temperature of about 9,932 degrees Fahrenheit. The planet is thought to be 200 million years old and is 20 light-years from Earth. Its young age meant that it was in fact so much less massive that it could be a free-floating planet. It is the radio signature of these auroras that allowed the researchers to detect these objects. (more...)
Peta's Forecast - Tracking evening rain and storms Peta's Forecast - Tracking evening rain and storms
- August 08, 2018

Rain showers and storms are expected to arrive to start the work week. There will also be the chance of a stray shower or T'storm in the afternoon with a little instability building from the heating of the day. The weekend is looking increasingly pessimistic. Storms will clear after midnight, leaving Colorado with partly cloudy skies overnight. A low pressure center will get cutoff from the larger flow just to our southwest. (more...)
Hurricane John absorbs tropical storm off Mexico Hurricane John absorbs tropical storm off Mexico
- August 08, 2018

The County of Hawai'i is under a Tropical Storm Watch. High winds and high surf are expected tonight through Wednesday. Tropical Storm Ileana had been projected to reach hurricane force while marching northwestward parallel to Mexico's southwestern coast, bringing heavy surf, but forecasters said the storm was no longer expected to strengthen and should dissipate by late Tuesday because of the effects of the larger Hurricane John. (more...)
Earth Could Face 'Hothouse' Climate With Uninhabitable Parts, New Study Warns Earth Could Face 'Hothouse' Climate With Uninhabitable Parts, New Study Warns
- August 07, 2018

That's the alarming warning from an worldwide team of scientists, including Australian National University professor Will Steffen , in a study published on Tuesday. This report is the latest in a long line of reports suggesting these tipping points could be triggered but what they are suggesting is that even at 2C we are not necessarily at a safe threshold. (more...)
Fear mounts as hurricane ploughs towards Hawaii's volcano Fear mounts as hurricane ploughs towards Hawaii's volcano
- August 07, 2018

Hurricane Hector is located about 1,360 miles from South Point, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hurricane Hector roared through the Central Pacific on Sunday and is expected to pass near the Big Island of Hawaii, where a volcano continues to send lava into the sea. (more...)