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Lunar Eclipse on July 28, LAPAN: Longest in This Century

Lunar Eclipse on July 28, LAPAN: Longest in This Century The period of complete eclipse-known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest-lasted from 1930 to 2113 GMT. Next lunar eclipse is expected to be in January 2019, experts said adding the rare phenomenon was seen by almost all countries except the United States of America. [Full Article...]

Red planet and 'blood moon' pair up to dazzle skygazers

Red planet and 'blood moon' pair up to dazzle skygazers Even better for us Beijingers is that the eclipse will be totally visible throughout its 103-minute duration (should the smog and freak weather we've had as of late hold off). The Middle East, west and central Asia, as well as major parts of Africa will join India in spotting these celestial phenomena. It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are ... [Full Article...]

Lake found on Mars by scientists

Lake found on Mars by scientists Mars long ago was warmer and wetter, possessing significant bodies of water , as evidenced by dry lake beds and river valleys on its surface. Depending on where and how you look, you can find plenty of water on Mars. "There is evidence on Earth of substantial microbial life in the waters below the poles - and even microbes that can survive within ice veins". The subsurface lake could be... [Full Article...]

SpaceX to launch second new Falcon 9 rocket in three days

SpaceX to launch second new Falcon 9 rocket in three days It is as well the second last mission of the eight planned missions for the Iridium satellites. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's central coast at 4:39 a.m. The still-in-development Ariane 6 will be meant to compete with SpaceX's cheaper reusable launch systems, though it is likely that by the time it debuts the latter ... [Full Article...]

Did life once exist on the moon?

Did life once exist on the moon? A rare total lunar eclipse - expected to be the longest in the 21st century - is set to take place on Friday that will see the Earth's natural satellite turn blood red. But what would life have looked like if it existed on the moon, and how did it originate? The moon takes about 27 days to orbit Earth and goes through regular phases in a 29.5-day cycle. [Full Article...]

Explained: The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century

Explained: The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century Meanwhile, the total eclipse may begin at 1 am on 28 July. The period of complete eclipse - known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest - will last from 1930 to 2113 GMT. "The rim of the Earth would be glowing because light is being scattered by the Earth's atmosphere". This light appears reddish for the same reason that a sunset or sunrise does. [Full Article...]

Mars to be very close to Earth on July 27

Mars to be very close to Earth on July 27 The minimum distance between the planets is about 33.9 million miles, according to NASA . And on Friday, Mars will be in opposition. Astronomers say the planet will continue to cast its bright glow into the beginning weeks of August but will fade by mid-August. [Full Article...]

USA to propose revoking California power to set auto…

USA to propose revoking California power to set auto… Standards set under former President Barack Obama called for roughly doubling by 2025 the average fuel efficiency of new vehicles sold in the United States to about 50 miles (80 km) per gallon - something the Trump administration has called too onerous for the auto industry but which proponents said could help spur innovation in clean technologies. [Full Article...]

Water on Mars: Scientists discover 12 MILE liquid lake on Red Planet

Water on Mars: Scientists discover 12 MILE liquid lake on Red Planet It was already there or thereabouts - Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moon Enceladus have both been shown to have large bodies of water, and another Saturnian moon, Titan, is known to have standing bodies of liquid methane, but Mars was always a likely candidate, because of the evidence that large bodies existed in the past. [Full Article...]

Longest lunar eclipse of the century set to arrive Friday

Longest lunar eclipse of the century set to arrive Friday Although U.S. residents won't be able to see the eclipse , they should still be excited because the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter - NASA's robotic spacecraft orbiting the moon - will experience it first-hand, Petro said. The total eclipse on Friday July 27 will be the longest of the 21st century - from 2001 until 2100 - spanning one hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds. Tune in starting at 2:24p.m. [Full Article...]

'Like magic:' Delicate fossil of oldest baby snake found in amber

'Like magic:' Delicate fossil of oldest baby snake found in amber Luda Xing, associate professor at the Beijing University of Geosciences and main writer of the paper explained how he came upon the deposit. " Xiaophis myanmarensis was part of the fauna that rode on this drifting landmass, which like a very big passenger ship transported all sorts of Gondwanan plants and animals to Asia", said Professor Michael Lee, also from Flinders University and the Sout... [Full Article...]

By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter In June 2017, the same team discovered two mile-wide moons and five lost moons. "These outer moons of Jupiter are remnants of chaos", Sheppard said . Nine others orbit with Jupiter's outer retrograde moons in the opposite direction. The team think this small " oddball " prograde moon could be the last-remaining remnant of a once-larger prograde-orbiting moon that formed some of the ret... [Full Article...]

Blue Origin plans high-altitude escape test on launch Wednesday

Executives at the company, which was started by Bezos in 2000, said the company planned to launch test flights beginning next year, Reuters reported . Eventually, up to six passengers at a time could get on board the New Shepard spaceship, which flies under autonomous control. The company has not said what the price of the tickets would be. [Full Article...]

‘Oddball’ among 12 new moons discovered around Jupiter

‘Oddball’ among 12 new moons discovered around Jupiter Instead, scientists will have to wait for a future spacecraft, either flying past Jupiter or orbiting it. The researchers were searching for the proposed "Planet X" or "Planet 9", which astronomers believe exists and could account for the way distant objects orbit in a similar manner. [Full Article...]

Israel to land first spacecraft on moon in 2019

Israel to land first spacecraft on moon in 2019 If successful, SpaceIL's mission will make Israel the fourth country in the world to "soft land" a probe on the surface of the Moon - after the former Soviet Union, the United States and China . Construction of the spacecraft began two years later in facilities provided by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd . From left, Aviad Shmaryahu of the Israel Space Agency; SpaceIL founders Yariv Bas... [Full Article...]

NHC says Chris strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane

NHC says Chris strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane Beryl is not expected to track close enough to the USA coast to bring significant rain or wind, AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said. Chris escalated quickly from a storm to a Category 2 hurricane in a matter of six hours on Tuesday and has become the second hurricane of the Atlantic season this year, according to Fox 5. [Full Article...]

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Racked Up Huge Debt Buying Nationals Tickets

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Racked Up Huge Debt Buying Nationals Tickets Wade and women's access to contraceptives. " Abortion is a right I feel must not go away, and I feel like people aren't mobilizing so much because it's so complicated and it's hard to understand". Vice President Mike Pence is criticizing Missouri's Democratic U.S Sen. According to The Washington Post , Kavanaugh reported having between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt between three credits card... [Full Article...]

Brett Kavanaugh Had Massive Credit Card Debt. The White House Blames Baseball

Brett Kavanaugh Had Massive Credit Card Debt. The White House Blames Baseball The panel will launch confirmation hearings later this summer. Hatch, the most senior Republican in the Senate who has participated in 15 confirmation battles, reiterated his argument that Democrats will try to paint Kavanaugh as someone he's not but that, in the end, he'll get a seat on the high court. [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast The storm was almost stationary early on Tuesday as it churned about 200 miles (322 km) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said. "However, the disturbance is expected to turn northward over the western Atlantic on Wednesday where upper-level winds could become a little more conducive for ... [Full Article...]

Starbucks replacing plastic straws with new drinking lid

Starbucks replacing plastic straws with new drinking lid The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the USA and Canada to follow next year. The company previously announced a $10 million effort to develop and introduce a "fully recyclable and compostable hot cup", according to the news release. [Full Article...]


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