NASA Says Quadrantid Meteor Shower Peaks Thursday Night

Last chance to take advantage of our best offer of the year! The Gazette reports it'll peak between midnight and dawn on Friday with up to 100 meteors are expected per hour. Adventurous skywatchers who don't mind the cold could be in for a visual tre... More..

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Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side
by | Thursday, January 03, 2019

Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side

China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon. Chang'e 4 will perform several experiments while on the Moon, including testing whether plants will...More..

National parks face overflowing trash, toilets in second week of shutdown
by | Thursday, January 03, 2019

National parks face overflowing trash, toilets in second week of shutdown

In Sequoia, home to vast and ancient giant sequoias, General Highway was closed because overflowing trash bins were spreading litter and posed a threat to wildlife and the icy, jammed roadway was seeing up to...More..

NASA spacecraft sends images of icy object past Pluto
by | Thursday, January 03, 2019

NASA spacecraft sends images of icy object past Pluto

The small world, 6.5 billion km from Earth, is actually two objects joined together. NASA had a very happy New Year when its New Horizons spacecraft successfully flew by mysterious Ultima Thule , a space...More..

New Horizons Spacecraft Closing In On Ultima Thule
by | Wednesday, January 02, 2019

New Horizons Spacecraft Closing In On Ultima Thule

But New Horizons' performance so far suggests it is ready for the challenge, Stern said. The visit to Ultima Thule means it has delivered on the second half of its mission, which is to provide the first close...More..

China’s lunar probe changes orbit to land on dark side of moon
by | Wednesday, January 02, 2019

China’s lunar probe changes orbit to land on dark side of moon

But the China National Space Administration has not yet disclosed when the landing will occur. Xinhua said that the probe had entered an elliptical lunar orbit at 08.55 Beijing time, which brought it at i...More..

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer celebrated as ‘mother’ of Hubble, dies at 93
by | Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer celebrated as ‘mother’ of Hubble, dies at 93

But she was perhaps most associated with the early legwork for the Hubble Space Telescope , the first major telescope to be sent into space for the goal of gathering photographs of and data from the universe. ...More..

NASA spacecraft hurtles toward tiny, icy world beyond Pluto
by | Tuesday, January 01, 2019

NASA spacecraft hurtles toward tiny, icy world beyond Pluto

New Horizons flew by Ultima Thule at 12:33 a.m. EST (0533 GMT), hurtling past at a mind-boggling 32,000 miles per hour (51,500 km/h) as it captured the first close-up views of a Kuiper Belt object. NASA wil...More..

EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants
by | Sunday, December 30, 2018

EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants

Environmental groups say the regulation has contributed to and 85 per cent reduction in mercury emissions in the last decade. "The Trump EPA has decided - despite the recommendations of scientists, public hea...More..

Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world
by | Saturday, December 29, 2018

Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world

Beyond that, everything New Horizons sees will be a completely new discovery. The name Ultima Thule itself means "beyond the borders of the known world" so the expedition of New Horizon into space is most p...More..

January total lunar eclipse to coincide with supermoon
by | Friday, December 28, 2018

January total lunar eclipse to coincide with supermoon

A total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and covers the Moon with its shadow. No, it's not a death metal band - it's a rare lunar phenomenon that will occur on Jan...More..

Recycle right this Christmas: Christmas Cards and Wrapping Paper
by | Thursday, December 27, 2018

Recycle right this Christmas: Christmas Cards and Wrapping Paper

No worries if they lose their stickiness, a little tape works just as well. Look out for the FSC label on cards, when buying or receiving, as this means they can be recycled at home. Flattened cardboard, newspa...More..

Departure on hold at Delhi airport, 45 flights delayed due to fog
by | Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Departure on hold at Delhi airport, 45 flights delayed due to fog

The index on Tuesday was 5,000 sqm/second on Tuesday, the IITM said. The air quality in Delhi-NCR remained "severe" for the fourth consecutive day as high humidity, low wind speed and drop in mercury prevente...More..

SpaceX to retry launch in first USA national security space mission
by | Wednesday, December 26, 2018

SpaceX to retry launch in first USA national security space mission

It is three times more accurate than the previous system and up to eight times stronger in its anti-jamming capability. It would have marked SpaceX's first so-called National Security Space mission, as de...More..

Japan to Leave International Whaling Commission to Resume Whaling
by | Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Japan to Leave International Whaling Commission to Resume Whaling

Some towns in Japan such as Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, have a whaling tradition but have become the focus of intense worldwide pressure by conservation groups. Officials say the recovery of some whale species ...More..

Today is the shortest day and longest night of the year
by | Monday, December 24, 2018

Today is the shortest day and longest night of the year

The date marks the 24-hour period with the fewest hours of daylight in the year, which is why it is known as the shortest day and longest night. The word " solstice " is derived from the Latin term, solstiti...More..

Human mission to Mars is stupid, says astronaut Bill Anders
by | Monday, December 24, 2018

Human mission to Mars is stupid, says astronaut Bill Anders

The crew of Apollo 8 spent 20 hours in orbit, before returning to Earth. "Even more worrisome than all of this", Bridenstine noted earlier this month, Apollo 8 would be in orbit around the moon on Christmas ...More..

Australia opposes Japan's plan to resume commercial whaling
by | Monday, December 24, 2018

Australia opposes Japan's plan to resume commercial whaling

The agency said officials haven't made a final decision but are considering the step. Now Tokyo is considering leaving the commission and resuming commercial whaling. Japan is not alone in whaling. The popu...More..

Mysterious light seen in California sky prompts speculation
by | Sunday, December 23, 2018

Mysterious light seen in California sky prompts speculation

The lasso-shaped illumination led to many conspiracy theories, according to CBS News . The unusual light left locals puzzled, as many took to Twitter to share pictures and videos. Dr. David Reitzel with the ...More..

Google celebrates the winter solstice with new Doodle
by | Sunday, December 23, 2018

Google celebrates the winter solstice with new Doodle

A little history about solstice as witches & warlocks celebrate this date as the birth of the Sun God since from this point forward the days get longer. The Southern Hemisphere, meanwhile, is celebrating the su...More..

Today's Winter Solstice features a full moon and meteor shower
by | Sunday, December 23, 2018

Today's Winter Solstice features a full moon and meteor shower

Wishing the viewer of the Google home page, 'Happy Winter Solstice , Northern Hemisphere!', Google on it blog writes, "Today we celebrate the first day of winter and the longest night of the year for the North...More..

Rabbit gene turns houseplant into air detoxifier
by | Sunday, December 23, 2018

Rabbit gene turns houseplant into air detoxifier

Both benzene and chloroform exposure have been known to be carcinogenic to vulnerable population such as children. "People haven't really been talking about these hazardous organic compounds in homes, and I t...More..

People gather at Newgrange to celebrate winter solstice
by | Saturday, December 22, 2018

People gather at Newgrange to celebrate winter solstice

After that moment, the sun will stop moving southward and will begin its trek northward in the sky - hence the name "solstice", which means "sun stands still" in Latin, according to NASA . Wait. Why is the Ear...More..

Saturn is losing its rings quicker than expected, NASA warns
by | Saturday, December 22, 2018

Saturn is losing its rings quicker than expected, NASA warns

Combining this analysis with data collected by the departed Cassini spacecraft, which dove through the rings before plunging into Saturn last year, O'Donoghue predicts that the rings have less than 100 million...More..

Don't forget refuse and recycling collection changes over the Christmas break
by | Saturday, December 22, 2018

Don't forget refuse and recycling collection changes over the Christmas break

Bedford residents shouldn't expect their bins to be emptied on the usual day. Collections will restart on the normal day from January 11. However, pick-ups falling on Tuesday , December 25, will now be taken...More..

Mars InSight Deploys French-Made Quake Sensor On Red Planet
by | Saturday, December 22, 2018

Mars InSight Deploys French-Made Quake Sensor On Red Planet

The pictures come just weeks after NASA's InSight rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars and sent back a selfie. The ice is more than a mile thick in the center of the crater. This plan mosaic com...More..

Pink Dwarf Planet Farout Is Most Distant Object In The Solar System
by | Friday, December 21, 2018

Pink Dwarf Planet Farout Is Most Distant Object In The Solar System

Further study of our system's outer edge, along with the likely discovery of more objects like Farout, will continue to inform the search for Planet X . A second observation in early December via the Magella...More..

We Won't Have a Winter Solstice Like This Till 2029
by | Friday, December 21, 2018

We Won't Have a Winter Solstice Like This Till 2029

Around the time of the winter solstice, the sun is farthest south in the sky at noon in the Northern Hemisphere. Today in the United Kingdom, the sun rose at 8.04am and will set at 3.53pm. It marks the transi...More..

Today is the shortest day of the year
by | Friday, December 21, 2018

Today is the shortest day of the year

Since the Earth is tilted on its axis, the arc the Sun moves through during the day will rise and fall across the year as the Earth's pole points either towards or away from the sun. Due to the moon's coincidin...More..

We have lift off! Rocket Lab launch first mission for NASA
by | Friday, December 21, 2018

We have lift off! Rocket Lab launch first mission for NASA

Rocket Lab's Electron rocket uses 3D-printed engines and is created to send small payloads, such as imaging and communications satellites weighing up to 150kg, into space. Sunday's launch was the second comm...More..