• Super snow moon: 2019’s biggest supermoon lights up the sky this week
Super snow moon: 2019’s biggest supermoon lights up the sky this week

This will be the second time the moon has reached perigee this year. Instead, check the skies Monday and Tuesday nights for the best views. In early Native American tribes, the phenomenon was known as a 'super snow moon' as February usually sees the heaviest snowfall, (although there's now no snow forecast here in the UK).

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  • China's Moon mission sees first seeds sprout
China's Moon mission sees first seeds sprout

The pioneering landing highlights China's ambitions to rival the US, Russia and Europe in space through manned flights and the planned construction of a permanent space station. The far side of the Moon, which humans know much less about than the side that faces the Earth, is often mistakenly called the "dark" side , though it is not actually ...

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  • China Focus: Moon sees first cotton-seed sprout
China Focus: Moon sees first cotton-seed sprout

China says it has grown the first plants on the Moon as part of its historic mission to the far side. After Chang'e-4 landed on the far side of the moon on January 3, the ground control center instructed the probe to water the plants to start the growing process.

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  • Bolsonaro open to USA military base in Brazil
Bolsonaro open to USA military base in Brazil

Days later he rowed back, saying "it is not yet decided", apparently responding to fears of Brazil's powerful farming businesses that an embassy move could put at risk $1 billion in meat exports to Arab markets. Separately, Bolsonaro met Thursday with the head of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo, who said the new Brazilian government's...

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  • 'New Horizons' mission reveals entirely new kind of world
'New Horizons' mission reveals entirely new kind of world

The object, nicknamed Ultima Thule , was photographed by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during a late-night rendezvous on the first day of 2019. " New Horizons performed as planned today, conducting the farthest exploration of any world in history-4 billion miles from the Sun", said Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest R...

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  • EPA proposes making it harder to limit mercury emissions
EPA proposes making it harder to limit mercury emissions

It took 21 years before the EPA finalized the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for coal-fired power plants. In announcing the new proposed rule, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement that the costs of cutting mercury from power plants "dwarfs" the monetary benefits.

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  • Japan says it will resume commercial whaling
Japan says it will resume commercial whaling

After years of unsuccessful lobbying for its scientific and commercial whaling programs, Japan has finally pulled the plug on its membership of the IWC. "No more pretense of research whaling". Japan said it will continue to attend meetings of the IWC to help "rectify the dysfunction" of the organization led by the United States.

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  • NASA's Voyager 2 makes milestone move into interstellar space
NASA's Voyager 2 makes milestone move into interstellar space

The spacecraft moved beyond the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun known as the heliosphere , NASA has confirmed . The space agency separately launched its twin Voyager spacecraft in 1977 with a mission to explore the outer solar system . The PSE instrument stopped working for Voyager 1 in 1980, however, s...

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  • Geminid meteor shower, one of the year's best to watch
Geminid meteor shower, one of the year's best to watch

Although the showers should be visible to naked eyes after 9 pm on Thursday, they are likely to peak after midnight with as many as 120 meteors per hour and the best time will be 2 am tonight. Meteors also come in spurts, so give yourself at least an hour of viewing time, if possible. That means that the best times to watch are when it's dark in ...

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  • Watch SpaceX Launch Supplies to the ISS Astronauts
Watch SpaceX Launch Supplies to the ISS Astronauts

The ship made it into space just fine, but the reusable rocket stage that was supposed to have a soft landing on dry land ended up splashing down in the ocean instead. Add that SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5 mostly meet the criteria of NASA for manned flights. It's Christmas, even if you are located millions of miles away from the earth, into the sp...

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  • NASA's InSight spacecraft lands on Mars to explore planet's interior
NASA's InSight spacecraft lands on Mars to explore planet's interior

Flight controllers announced that the robotic geologist, InSight, entered the Martian atmosphere Monday afternoon. Confirmation came via radio signals that took more than eight minutes to cross the almost 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) between Mars and Earth.

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  • Brazil Elects 'Proud Homophobe' Jair Bolsonaro As President
Brazil Elects 'Proud Homophobe' Jair Bolsonaro As President

Brazil's environment and agriculture ministers on Wednesday criticized President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's plans to merge their two departments, saying it would hurt the country's agenda on both fronts. "In the wake of the IPCC's dire warnings earlier this month that we have just twelve years to avert a climate catastrophe, the UN Secretary General ...

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  • Tropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic Ocean
Tropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic Ocean

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday night that the storm was centered about 930 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, and it was moving west-southwest at 20 mph.The storm had top sustained winds of 65 mph. Hurricane Oscar, located in the central Atlantic, is moving westward with little change in strength, the U.S. National Hurricane C...

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  • NASA's photos of a perfectly rectangular iceberg in Antarctica are oddly satisfying
NASA's photos of a perfectly rectangular iceberg in Antarctica are oddly satisfying

The agency also captured a triangular berg drifting in the Weddle Sea. However, in their responses to NASA , some Twitter users insisted that the spectacular rectangle-shaped iceberg was either man-made, alien-made, or both, with some insisting that nature "doesn't draw straight lines".

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  • Forecasters unveil weather outlook for upcoming winter across US
Forecasters unveil weather outlook for upcoming winter across US

The Climate Prediction Center issues updates its 3-month outlooks once per month, NOAA said, and the next update for this winter is expected November 15. Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, parts of Idaho, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Indiana and OH are forecast to be drier than normal, with the biggest likelihood in Hawaii, Montana and Michigan.

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  • NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch
NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

As a result of this malfunction, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague had to descend to the ground, interrupting their trip to the International Space Station . Fortunately, the members of the crew were fast recovered and they are in good shape. "All of my instincts and reflexes inside the capsule are to speak Russ...

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  • Hurricane Michael nears Florida, and global economy warning
Hurricane Michael nears Florida, and global economy warning

Although Michael will produce heavy rain showers, the storm's accelerating forward movement should allow those downpours to move through and not over-saturate most areas. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the storm's center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles, forecasters said.

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  • Astronomers have found a second Month beyond our Solar system
Astronomers have found a second Month beyond our Solar system

In search of exomoons , Alex Teachey and David Kipping , astronomers at Columbia University in NY, analyzed data from 284 Kepler-discovered planets that were in comparatively wide orbits, longer than 30 days, around their host star. Although the moon itself can not be seen, there are hints it exists, according to the researchers: The planet...

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  • Three Scientists win Nobel Physics Prize for inventing Optical Lasers
Three Scientists win Nobel Physics Prize for inventing Optical Lasers

Half of this year's nine million Swedish kronor ($998,000) prize goes to American physicist Arthur Ashkin for his invention of " optical tweezers ", lasers that can probe the machinery of life without causing damage. A trio of American, French and Canadian scientists won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for breakthroughs in laser technol...

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  • Tropical Storm Kirk to bring heavy rains to Caribbean - NHC
Tropical Storm Kirk to bring heavy rains to Caribbean - NHC

The GPM core observatory satellite scanned reviving tropical storm Kirk on September 25, 2018 at 7:35 p.m. (2335 UTC). Sustained winds of between 25 to 35 miles per hour (40 to 55 km/h) with higher gusts are possible across the islands today as the system passes to the north.

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