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Look Up! The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend Look Up! The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend
- November 17, 2018

The Leonid meteor shower has been known to very rarely blow up into a meteor storm, when the number of shooting stars that can be seen skyrockets from one or two dozen per hour to as many as thousands per hour. Leonid meteors appear to radiate from a point in the constellation Leo the Lion (hence the shower's name). The sighting of the fireball, which some said also produced a yellowish-orange glare, was seen across all parts of Texas, from Houston and San Antonio to Dallas. (more...)
Ambitious climate change target proposed for Manchester Ambitious climate change target proposed for Manchester
- November 17, 2018

The Government needs to prepare the countryside for climate change , according to a new report out today (15 November ). Climate change impacts are already altering the land's use, while the services provided by the natural environment are being degraded. (more...)
ESA's Gaia spots a 'ghost' galaxy next to Milky Way ESA's Gaia spots a 'ghost' galaxy next to Milky Way
- November 17, 2018

Because things with mass are what glue galaxies together - thanks, gravity! - dark matter is probably what's holding most of the stuff in the universe together. Using the Anglo-Australian Telescope, the team was able to measure the spectra of about 100 red giant stars. "What remains unexplained, however, is the object's giant size". (more...)
NASA Wallops Rocket Launch Rescheduled for Friday NASA Wallops Rocket Launch Rescheduled for Friday
- November 16, 2018

That same dismal weather forecast led mission managers to push the launch back another day. Yet another involves the sustainable fabrication and fix of plastic materials on lengthy space missions.The launch window opens at 4:23 a.m. It has a payload of around 75-hundred pounds including science experiments and supplies for the space station. After the Soyuz rocket failed on October 11 just minutes after blast-off - the first such incident in the history of post-Soviet space travel - Russian ... (more...)
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Ready To Liftoff From NASA's Kennedy Space Center SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Ready To Liftoff From NASA's Kennedy Space Center
- November 16, 2018

The first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands on the deck of the droneship " Of Course I Still Love You " after launching the Es'hail-2 satellite on November 15, 2018. Es'hail-2 also carries two amateur-radio transponders that will facilitate conventional analog ham radio as well as experimental digital communications, including amateur television. (more...)
Scientists confirm massive impact crater beneath Greenland’s ice Scientists confirm massive impact crater beneath Greenland’s ice
- November 15, 2018

Scientists think they've found one of the world's biggest impact craters, but confirmation is tricky given its location-under a glacier in Greenland. It's unclear exactly how old the crater is. "We immediately knew this was something special, but at the same time it became clear that it would be hard to confirm the origin of the depression", said Professor Kjær. (more...)
US Could Become Single Largest Oil, Gas Producer: IEANaija247news US Could Become Single Largest Oil, Gas Producer: IEANaija247news
- November 15, 2018

This means fears of a glut in gas supplies are unfounded, the agency said in a note. At a time when geopolitical factors were exerting new and complex influences on energy markets, underscoring the critical importance of energy security, the World Energy Outlook's scenario-based analysis outlines different possible futures for the energy system across all fuels and technologies. (more...)
China creates 'artificial sun' to burn at 100,000,000 degrees China creates 'artificial sun' to burn at 100,000,000 degrees
- November 15, 2018

Every nuclear reactor now operating on Earth is a fission reactor - using energy released when heavy atoms such as uranium decay into smaller atoms, a process similar to the one used in the first nuclear weapons. Designed, constructed, and assembled mainly by Chinese scientists, the EAST project was approved by China's National Development and Reform Commission in 1998 to conduct fundamental physics and engineering research on advanced tokamak fusion reactors. (more...)
'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star 'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star
- November 15, 2018

Graphic representation of the relative distances to the nearest stars from the Sun. An artist's rendition of Barnard's star b with the star in the background. One of those stars, Proxima Centauri, is orbited by a small planet, but the star's tendency to spew flares of deadly radiation means its planet is unlikely to be habitable. (more...)
Meteor Shower November 2018: Leonid Meteor Shower Tonight Meteor Shower November 2018: Leonid Meteor Shower Tonight
- November 14, 2018

According to The American Meteor Society, this year's rate would be of 15 meteors per hour, and the moon that's going to stay full and bright for about six days is also going to be present at all times. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors", the space agency writes . Meteors could fall to earth at the speed of 71 kilometres per second. (more...)
Scientists convert data from Mars sunrise to musical piece Scientists convert data from Mars sunrise to musical piece
- November 14, 2018

The picture was taken by the Rover Opportunity , and then processed by special algorithm. Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University and University of Exeter in the United Kingdom created the piece of music by scanning a picture from left to right, pixel by pixel, and looking at brightness and colour information and combining them with terrain elevation. (more...)
Harvard scientists say Oumuamua may be probe sent by Harvard scientists say Oumuamua may be probe sent by "alien civilization"
- November 14, 2018

He also lamented that mankind now lacks the technology necessary to chase Oumuamua for a closer study, as the rock's point of origin makes it very fascinating for researchers. The cigar-shaped space rock which was designated as a comet by astronomers is apparently the first known object from another solar system to pass through our own. (more...)
Scientists explained the reason for the appearance of a rectangular iceberg Scientists explained the reason for the appearance of a rectangular iceberg
- November 13, 2018

First, because of its shape, scientists have suggested that he had recently broken away from ice shelf Larsen. During this time he has experienced many collisions with other icebergs. The object was discovered soon after NASA released videos showing two "tabular icebergs" that had strangely even shapes. Photo of the iceberg filmed from onboard the IceBridge mission, which specializiruetsya on monitoring changes in polar ice. (more...)
Rocket Lab's 1st Commercial Launch in Pictures: 'It's Business Time'! Rocket Lab's 1st Commercial Launch in Pictures: 'It's Business Time'!
- November 13, 2018

The rocket builder reached orbit for the first time in January with its final test launch but saw this commercial attempt delayed due to a "motor control" issue with the rocket. The company say that the schedule for the next mission will be announced shortly. The private space race is heating up. The company's nearest competitors in the small rocket sector, including Virgin Orbit and Stratolaunch, now face even more pressure to get into orbit. (more...)
Tropical Storm Patty Could Form By End of This Week Tropical Storm Patty Could Form By End of This Week
- November 12, 2018

If the system does strengthen enough to get a name - it would be Patty. Environmental conditions remain unfavorable for immediate development into a tropical or sub-tropical system, but may become more favorable by Tuesday and Wednesday as 96-L moves near or just north of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. (more...)
For many California wildfire evacuees, there's nothing left to return to For many California wildfire evacuees, there's nothing left to return to
- November 12, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown asked U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster to bolster the emergency response and help residents recover. NASA has been tracking California's late-season wildfires with its Earth-watching Landsat 8 and Terra satellites since the Camp Fire began on Thursday (Nov. (more...)
UK Politics: May faces anger and resignation but bettors back Brexit deal UK Politics: May faces anger and resignation but bettors back Brexit deal
- November 11, 2018

Its leader Arlene Foster said Friday she could not vote for the deal if it could see the province treated differently from the rest of the UK. Tory MP Anna Soubry, a vociferous Remain campaigner, said she had "huge respect" for Mr Johnson, telling The Guardian: "Jo isn't the only minister who shares these views and I hope others will follow his lead". (more...)
Three asteroids to whizz past Earth this weekend, NASA warns Three asteroids to whizz past Earth this weekend, NASA warns
- November 11, 2018

While it is true that the newly discovered asteroids are making a flyby, however, they pose no threat to planet earth or moon. He said global media and social media is abuzz with reports of three newly-discovered asteroids which will flyby Earth today. (more...)
Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair Sells for almost $400,000 Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair Sells for almost $400,000
- November 11, 2018

US-A copy of Stephen Hawking's doctorate thesis signed in a shaky hand was the highlight of an auction of the British physicist's personal items in London , which raised almost £1.4 million ($1.8 million, 1.6 million euros). It was a somewhat odd item, if only because it was the only thing on the auction block that related to Hawking's disability rather than his scientific work, but it still managed to fetch an absolutely astronomical price. (more...)
Solar Probe 'alive' after being closest ever to Sun Solar Probe 'alive' after being closest ever to Sun
- November 10, 2018

How did the Parker Solar Probe's journey of 90 million miles begin? The received signal indicates that the Parker Solar Probe operates normally and all of his tools work and collect data. If the spacecraft encountered any issues during the approach, it had managed to fix them autonomously. "Parker Solar Probe was created to take care of itself and its precious payload during this close approach, with no control from us on Earth - and now we know it succeeded", said Thomas Zurbuchen, ... (more...)
Scientists Need To Use Big Lasers To Contact Aliens Scientists Need To Use Big Lasers To Contact Aliens
- November 09, 2018

The scientists explain thata laser focused in a telescope of 30 to 45 metres directed in space would be capable of producing an infrared radiation, powerful and able to differentiate itself from the solar energy. The beacon could also damage any cameras onboard any spacecraft that happens to pass in its path. The signal should be easy to detect from as far away as 20,000 light years. (more...)
Was mysterious object spotted in space an alien probe? Was mysterious object spotted in space an alien probe?
- November 09, 2018

Loeb has published four books and more than 700 papers on topics like black holes, the future of the universe, the search for extraterrestrial life and the first stars. They also say the object could be shaped like a sheet, which the astronomers claim would be consistent with the observed tumbling motion of the object. (more...)
Astronomers discover pairs of black holes ready to merge as galaxies collide Astronomers discover pairs of black holes ready to merge as galaxies collide
- November 09, 2018

Astrophysicists now believe there are about 10,000 black holes at the centre of our own galaxy, the Milky Way , all of which surround a supermassive black hole at its core. "Seeing the pairs of merging galaxy nuclei associated with these huge black holes, so close together was pretty awesome", explained Michael Koss, a researcher at the Eureka Scientific Inc., and one of the scientists who studied the image released by NASA. (more...)
Scientists Successfully Engineer A Bionic Mushroom Capable Of Generating Electricity Scientists Successfully Engineer A Bionic Mushroom Capable Of Generating Electricity
- November 09, 2018

The research, published in the journal Nano Letters , is part of a wider effort by scientists to understand how biological machinery can be hijacked and put to good use. "As I mentioned, bacteria possess many other properties beside the electricity production", Mannoor said . However, the newest discovery - nicknamed "bionic mushrooms " - sounds more like something sold on the California black market than an energy solution. (more...)
Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction
- November 09, 2018

A total of 22 items owned by the Cambridge physicist, who died in March , were auctioned by Christie's. One of Newton's manuscripts sold for £100,000, a letter written by Darwin went for £50,000 and a bidder agreed to pay £32,500 for one of Einstein's manuscripts. (more...)