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October’s full moon 2018: When is full moon rise time today? October’s full moon 2018: When is full moon rise time today?
- October 27, 2018

The full moon appeared on Wednesday night and lit up the night sky with its incredible brilliance. It will officially become full at 12:45 p.m. Later, the names were passed on to colonial Americans, when they reached North America. Now, these names are not random, rather there is always a reason behind the names of the full moons . Things changed slightly in 2018, with the Harvest Moon falling on September 24, just a few days after the autumnal equinox. (more...)
FORECAST: Chance of rain, cloudy & cool FORECAST: Chance of rain, cloudy & cool
- October 27, 2018

We'll see high level clouds build in throughout the day, with skies becoming mostly cloudy across the region. Sunday looks fantastic with plenty of sun and with highs in the upper 60s to near 70. Winds: SW 10-15 miles per hour. Tomorrow night: A slight chance for a shower. Lows in the low 50s. High: 75. Wind: N 10-15 miles per hour. Clouds will increase Thursday ahead of a moist low pressures system coming in from the Gulf of Mexico. (more...)
What fixed NASA's Hubble space telescope? Someone flipped a swit What fixed NASA's Hubble space telescope? Someone flipped a swit
- October 27, 2018

Hubble, one of the largest, most versatile, and most useful scientific instruments ever developed by mankind, has been in operation since 1990. The more attractive alternative was to get the glitchy gyro working again and return Hubble to its standard three-gyro pointing mode. (more...)
13th natural disaster recorded at fracking site - 'strongest so far' 13th natural disaster recorded at fracking site - 'strongest so far'
- October 27, 2018

Any tremor measuring 0.5 or above means fracking must be temporarily stopped while tests are carried out. Under the "traffic light" system , the company must stop fracking for 18 hours after a tremor with a magnitude of more than 0.5, although those below 1.5 can not be felt at the surface. (more...)
Stephen Hawking's papers, wheelchair for sale Stephen Hawking's papers, wheelchair for sale
- October 26, 2018

The auction house said the thesis is signed in Hawking's distinctively shaky handwriting, with the statement: "This dissertation is my original work". "Hawking initially resisted the idea of using a wheelchair in the late 1960s; by the late 1970s, he was using motorized models like the present example, and was even renowned for being a rather wild driver", said Christie's. (more...)
Storm wipes Hawaiian island off map Storm wipes Hawaiian island off map
- October 26, 2018

Scientists have confirmed the disappearance of the 11-acre island after comparing satellite images of the surrounding French Frigate Shoals , part of an enormous protected marine area in the north-western Hawaiian Islands. Almost half of all Hawaiian green sea turtles laid their eggs on East Island before it disappeared. It has been a nesting place for the Hawaiian sea turtle and the monk seal. (more...)
Watch Nasa dump 450,000 gallons of water on a launch pad Watch Nasa dump 450,000 gallons of water on a launch pad
- October 26, 2018

Video of the oddly satisfying footage was posted to YouTube recently. When the launcher is in place, the water will actually flow through a network of pipes and nozzles rather than spewing out like a geyser. NASA call it the "Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression water deluge system" and it shot the water 100 feet into the air. Space Launch System, or SLS, is a launch vehicle that Nasa hopes will take its astronauts back to the moon and beyond. (more...)
'Good chance' of launching Space Force next year 'Good chance' of launching Space Force next year
- October 26, 2018

The Vice President reported that now to ensure space security, the United States employs about 60 thousand people. "In the first phase (space forces) will look like the other, already existing types of Armed Forces". On Tuesday, Pence described the proposed Space Force as the "next and natural evolution of our armed forces", arguing that US adversaries such as China and Russian Federation are developing new technologies, such as hypersonic missiles, that make space a place where wars can ... (more...)
Mars might hold enough oxygen under its surface for life Mars might hold enough oxygen under its surface for life
- October 25, 2018

It is therefore considered that the atmosphere of Mars is not suitable for existence on the surface of aerobic life. But the story isn't that straight-forward. To calculate how much oxygen the brines might absorb, the researchers had to consider their chemistry, as well as the temperature and air pressure at the Martian surface. (more...)
City in China Wants To Illuminate Its Streets With a Fake Moon City in China Wants To Illuminate Its Streets With a Fake Moon
- October 25, 2018

The satellite is set to be launched into orbit about 310 miles above the city of Chengdu in 2020, and may have the power to entirely replace streetlights , The Daily Wire and other outlets noted. If this mission succeeds, China will be the first country to ever explore the moon's "dark side". Wu added that testing had begun on the satellite years ago but advances in technology will now allow for a launch in 2020. (more...)
Arianespace Successfully Launches Mercury-bound BepiColombo Spacecraft Arianespace Successfully Launches Mercury-bound BepiColombo Spacecraft
- October 24, 2018

It will then enter the planet's orbit in December 2025 and launch two spacecraft including ESA's Mercury Planetary Orbiter and JAXA's Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter . The probes are created to cope with temperatures varying from 430 degrees Celsius (806 F) on the side facing the sun, and -180 degrees Celsius (-292 F) in Mercury's shadow. (more...)
NASA’s incredible water system dumps 450,000 gallons in about a minute
- October 24, 2018

In a statement to Digital Trends , NASA's pad deputy project manager Nick Moss explained that the massive fountains of water seen in the footage below won't happen when there is actually a rocket there to be launched. "Modifications were made to the pad after a previous wet flow test, increasing the performance of the system". The enormous rocket's maiden, unmanned cargo flight is now set for December 2019. (more...)
NASA names new gamma-ray constellations after modern characters Godzilla, Hulk NASA names new gamma-ray constellations after modern characters Godzilla, Hulk
- October 24, 2018

In what is known as the "gamma-ray sky", scientists have devised constellations inspired by numerous same things that inspired the starlight constellations our ancestors gazed at. "By 2015, the number of different sources mapped by Fermi's LAT had expanded to about 3,000 - 10 times the number known before the mission", said Elizabeth Ferrara, who led the constellation project. (more...)
Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis up for sale as part of auction Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis up for sale as part of auction
- October 24, 2018

Christie's of London will open bidding on a trove of fascinating, historic, and just plain cool items from Hawking's private collection, including recognizable pieces of his formative past that, for longtime followers and fans, have become as much a part of his identity as his groundbreaking work in quantum mechanics. (more...)
Ontario Premier Doug Ford slams federal government's carbon tax plan Ontario Premier Doug Ford slams federal government's carbon tax plan
- October 24, 2018

Nunavut and the Yukon have chosen to embrace both the federal price on carbon and large emitter plans, while Prince Edward Island has its own carbon plan but will be adopting the federal approach to taxing large emitters. He has yet to explain exactly what he would do to cut Canada's emissions, but hinted last weekend his plan would find ways for Canada to reduce global emissions rather than domestic ones. (more...)
Perfectly rectangular iceberg found in Antarctica Perfectly rectangular iceberg found in Antarctica
- October 24, 2018

The huge block of ice, known as a tabular berg, was found off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, near the Larsen C ice shelf , and is thought to measure a whopping mile in length. The Larsen C ice shelf is being closely monitored by scientists after showing signs of breaking up. At that point, tides or strong winds could break icebergs off. (more...)
Mexico says 4,250 evacuate before Willa Mexico says 4,250 evacuate before Willa
- October 24, 2018

Hurricane Willa roared into a cluster of Mexican islands holding a prison colony and headed for a Tuesday afternoon collision with a stretch of the country's Pacific coast, its 125 miles per hour (205 kph) winds and high waves threatening high-rise resorts, surfing beaches and fishing villages. (more...)
Nasa photographs rectangular iceberg
- October 23, 2018

NASA's department of Cryospheric Sciences, known as NASA ICE, discovered the tabular iceberg during a recent flyover of the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. A NASA spokesman said: "It will yield an unprecedented three-dimensional view of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves and sea ice". I should think we will see some interesting collisions with the ice shelf in the next few months'. (more...)
Europe, Japan ready BepiColombo spacecraft for seven-year joint mission to Mercury Europe, Japan ready BepiColombo spacecraft for seven-year joint mission to Mercury
- October 23, 2018

The ambitious BepiColombo spacecraft will be launched from a European space port in French Guiana early Saturday. BepiColombo comprises two science orbiters: ESA's Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and JAXA's Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO, or "Mio"). (more...)
'Headless chicken monster' spotted off East Antarctica 'Headless chicken monster' spotted off East Antarctica
- October 22, 2018

A weird, rarely seen creature has been spotted swimming gracefully above the seabed off the coast of East Antarctica. "We needed something that could be thrown from the side of a boat and would continue operating reliable under extreme pressure in the pitch black for long period of time". (more...)
'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico 'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico
- October 22, 2018

Hurricane Willa has quickly strengthened into a deadly Category 4 storm and will intensify further this week in wake of low wind shear and warm water temperatures. The Miami-based center believes Willa will come ashore on Tuesday afternoon or evening but also reported it could hit Wednesday with a storm surge as "large and destructive waves" join the weather system. (more...)
Leftist's party urges authorities to act on WhatsApp election Leftist's party urges authorities to act on WhatsApp election
- October 22, 2018

Justice Rosa Weber, president of the Electoral High Court (TSE), will release a statement on Friday (19th). WhatsApp is among the most preferred messaging and social media apps in Brazil, which is home to roughly 120 million users. The announcement came after the electoral court said it would look into allegations Bolsonaro had illegally sanctioned several defamatory mass messaging attacks via WhatsApp in an attempt to undermine his rival. (more...)
China to launch 3 artificial moons in space by 2022 China to launch 3 artificial moons in space by 2022
- October 22, 2018

I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from the University of MI and had a master of arts from Columbia University's School of Journalism. The government hopes the illumination satellites will make the "moonlight" a little brighter and lessen the need for street lamps and lower electricity costs, state media reported . (more...)
This Hunk of Metal Fell From Space and Landed in California
- October 21, 2018

Videos of the freaky sight quickly spread across social media - with many wondering what the debris was and where exactly it came from. A walnut farmer in central California found a unusual metal object in his orchard on October 13. Detectives with the Kings County Sheriff's Office were called to a central California orchard on October 13. Law enforcement examined the unusual item but had little clue, so they eventually reached out to nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base, which was able to ... (more...)
World’s largest organism is being eaten away by wild animals World’s largest organism is being eaten away by wild animals
- October 21, 2018

Unfortunately, it's also dying. Humans are already thought to be largely responsible for the nearly complete extinction of massive mammals, simply because we can't stop killing the big ones. Pando's genetics may encourage its fast growth in new areas.More fencing, culling of deer, and experimentation with the forest's natural ecology ultimately might save Pando, Dr. (more...)