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First Alert Forecast: The Midlands could see strong to severe storms Sunday

First Alert Forecast: The Midlands could see strong to severe storms Sunday This tornado had a clear TDS [tornado debris signature] with it. "The storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", Myers said. "Take cover now", the NWS office said. Severe storms crossing a big swath of the South, including parts of Louisiana and MS, have knocked out power to thousands and caused some flash flooding. [Full Article...]

SpaceX carries out first commercial flight

SpaceX carries out first commercial flight More than a year after SpaceX sent its Falcon Heavy rocket on a majestic test launch, the second Falcon Heavy put a satellite in orbit today for its first customer. That's the only part of the first mission that missed. SpaceX employees at company headquarters in Southern California cheered every launch milestone and especially the three touchdowns. [Full Article...]

Oops! Israel’s Beresheet lander crashed into the Moon

Oops! Israel’s Beresheet lander crashed into the Moon Beresheet was built in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries and the Israel Space Agency for a cost of just $100 million, cheap for this kind of mission, largely because the vehicle has not been equipped with backup systems. [Full Article...]

CAS: First ever black hole images in the final stage of 'printing'

CAS: First ever black hole images in the final stage of 'printing' The images are captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT ), an worldwide cooperation program jointly established by more than 200 researchers around the world. The photograph depicts a ring of light surrounding a shadow , which researchers at EHT explain is caused by "gravitational bending and capture of light by the event horizon ". [Full Article...]

Stay in Bed for 2 Months, Get Paid $19K

Stay in Bed for 2 Months, Get Paid $19K The experiment is called AGBRESA (Artificial Gravity Bed Rest - European Space Agency ), and the selected test subjects will be paid 16,500 euros (approx INR 13 lacs). The study will take place in Cologne and will require participants to spend 60 days lying down. One group will be rotated in a centrifuge, like an artificial gravity chamber, while the other group won't move, ABC News reported. [Full Article...]

Anne McClain and Christina Koch no longer taking first-female spacewalk

Anne McClain and Christina Koch no longer taking first-female spacewalk The third and final spacewalk for Expedition 59 is now scheduled on April 8, for Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques to upgrade the Canadarm2 with a redundant power cables, as well as upgrading the wireless communications coverage for the outside of the station. [Full Article...]

NASA probe makes new discoveries on asteroid Bennu

NASA probe makes new discoveries on asteroid Bennu In the study , published in the Nature Astronomy journal, the team identified infrared properties similar to those in a type of meteorite called carbonaceous chondrites. Instead, it's rough and crowded with boulders. Separately, two of the spacecraft's instruments, the MapCam color imager and the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES), have made detections of magnetite on Bennu's sur... [Full Article...]

What is a 'full worm moon'?

What is a 'full worm moon'? Not only do we finally get to usher in spring by means of the vernal equinox on March 20, but we get to do it by the light of a bonus supermoon . Because the moon's orbit is shaped more like an egg, as opposed to a ideal circle. An aircraft taking off from Ronald Reagan National Airport is seen passing in front of the Moon as it rises, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Washington. The last time a full m... [Full Article...]

SpaceX crew capsule docks at the International Space Station

SpaceX crew capsule docks at the International Space Station America's newest capsule for astronauts is rocketing toward the International Space Station on a high-stakes test flight by SpaceX. But it could be carrying passengers as early as July. While SpaceX has sent plenty of cargo Dragons to the space station, crew Dragon is a different beast. No one was aboard the Dragon capsule launched Saturday on its first test flight, only an instrumented dummy. [Full Article...]

Goodale in hot seat over Wilson-Raybould cabinet resignation

Goodale in hot seat over Wilson-Raybould cabinet resignation Shortly before her resignation announcement, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs issued an open letter to Trudeau demanding that he publicly condemn "the racist and sexist innuendo" that's circulated about Wilson-Raybould since her demotion, suggesting that she's hard to work with and not a team player. [Full Article...]

It’s not your compass that’s acting up: The ‘magnetic north’ just changed

It’s not your compass that’s acting up: The ‘magnetic north’ just changed So scientists at the American NOAA and Britain's BGS have had to update their model ahead of the late 2019 scheduled deadline. It crossed the worldwide date and departs from the Canadian Arctic on the road to Siberia. " Earth's magnetic field will still continue to protect us". Some have speculated that Earth is overdue for another magnetic-field reversal - an event that hasn't happened for... [Full Article...]

Hubble spots dwarf galaxy

Hubble spots dwarf galaxy The newly discovered star system, called Bedin 1, in recognition of the scientist's emerging part in its invention, looks weeny and weak even under the powerful Hubble magnification. The researchers suspect that Bedin-1 is the most isolated galaxy ever discovered. NASA likens it to the "astronomical equivalent of a living fossil from the early universe ". [Full Article...]

Chicago, Minneapolis Weather Forecast: Minus 55 Windchill Expected, Frostbite, Hypothermia Possible

Chicago, Minneapolis Weather Forecast: Minus 55 Windchill Expected, Frostbite, Hypothermia Possible In North and South Dakota, peak wind gusts were measured at 60-70 miles (96-113 kilometers) per hour. CPS officials says they will update parents Tuesday around noon regarding school Wednesday and Thursday. "By Wednesday and Thursday, morning lows may reach the minus 20s in the Twin Cities, with minus teens and minus 20s in Des Moines, Iowa, Chicago and Milwaukee", the Weather Channel rep... [Full Article...]

Total Lunar Eclipse Visible in Croatia on Monday Morning

Total Lunar Eclipse Visible in Croatia on Monday Morning Combining the above information has led many to call tonight's lunar event a "Super Blood Wolf Moon ". Lunar eclipses don't happen often, because normally the moon moves slightly over or under the shadow when it's on the far side of the Earth from the sun. [Full Article...]

Chinese Moon Rover Making Tracks on Lunar Far Side

Chinese Moon Rover Making Tracks on Lunar Far Side The mission is the first to the side of the moon that faces away from Earth. "We are pleased that the power equipment of the Chang'e-4 mission is supplied by radioisotope sources of electricity produced in Russian Federation", he said . [Full Article...]

New Horizons beams home close-ups of Ultima Thule

New Horizons beams home close-ups of Ultima Thule NASA researchers promised fresh announcements would drop Thursday, including on the composition and atmosphere of Ultima Thule, as new images with even more precise resolution have come through. New Horizons's journey into the solar system's past has just begun. The less-red areas near 2014 MU69's neck - the connection point between the two lobes - carries a higher albedo or reflectivity tha... [Full Article...]

Russian cosmonauts take samples on sixth hour of spacewalk to crack mystery

Russian cosmonauts take samples on sixth hour of spacewalk to crack mystery Two Russian cosmonauts - Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev - on their 6th hour of spacewalk took samples to solve the mystery of a hole in their capsule docked at International Space Station (ISS). But as they've investigated the hole in the Soyuz capsule, astronauts can't figure out what created it. Kononenko used a pair of forceps and a swab to collect samples of the dark epoxy. [Full Article...]

The Geminid meteor shower peaks December 13/14

The Geminid meteor shower peaks December 13/14 The meteors are known as the Geminids because they appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini. A general view of the Geminid meteor shower, in El Teide National Park on the Canary Island of Tenerife, on December 13, 2012. "Expect to see up to 120 meteors per hour from a dark sky location, but only after the first quarter moon sets around midnight your local time". Google says Phaeth... [Full Article...]

Space mission: China launched a spacecraft on dark side of the moon

Space mission: China launched a spacecraft on dark side of the moon The country's first lunar probe, Chang'e-1, was launched in 2007, making China the fifth country to develop and launch a lunar probe on its own. Chang'e-4 will be the second Chinese probe to land on the moon, following the Yutu ("Jade Rabbit") rover mission in 2013. [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches shipment carrying Christmas cheer to ISS

SpaceX launches shipment carrying Christmas cheer to ISS That includes Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A in May ( Bangabandhu-1 ); Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 in August ( Merah Putih ); and now Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg. The rocket set another record: will sun-synchronous polar orbit at an altitude of about 575 km above the Earth 64 satellites at once from 34 different organizations from 17 countries. [Full Article...]


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