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Who is Excited to See The 'Pink Moon' on Friday?

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Rather Northern Native Americans believed the Pink Moon to herald the appearance of a species of early-blooming pink spring flowers. In Fresno, the sun rises at 6:18 a.m. In New Zealand, the Māori people called the April moon "Paenga-whāwhā", describing the month as a time when "all straw is now stacked at the borders of the plantations". Read More »

Science fact: Astronomers reveal first image of a black hole

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They obtained the black hole image by networking together radio telescopes at six locations across the globe, effectively creating a " virtual telescope" with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution. Previously, scientists have only been able to visualise black holes in simulations. The recorded specimen is the extremely massive black hole in the center of the galaxy Messier 87 , 55 million light-years away . Read More »

There's A Pink Moon Coming This Weekend

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So there we have it: No pink moon , but the sky is big enough for more than just one show. But a mini heatwave isn't the only thing Mother Nature is blessing us with, as a fancy Pink Super Moon is also on the horizon. This year's pink moon coincides just a few days before the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower . Picture: Getty Why is it called a "Pink Moon"? The Tlingit of the Pacific Northwest call the April full moon " X'eigaa Kayaaní Dís ", meaning "Budding moon of plants and ... Read More »

Israeli team explains why Beresheet spacecraft CRASHED into the moon

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It seems that a failure in our inertial measurements unit caused a chain of events in the spacecraft avionics which cut off the engines and caused us to lose the mission. "Write this down, in three years we will get another spacecraft on the moon , and this one will land in one piece". Controllers, NASA wrote, "stood by helplessly as Luna 5 crashed on the surface of the moon at 19:10 UT on May 12, 1965, in the Sea of Clouds, about 435 miles (700 kilometers) from its planned landing point". Read More »

Black Hole image ran through de-blurring software has focus

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The proven fact that black holes don't permit lightweight to flee makes viewing them tough. Since then, telescopes in France and island are additional to the worldwide network. "I was amazed by the beauty of it, the scientific accomplishment, and that again Einstein's theory of relativity prevailed and exactly predicted what we have seen. Read More »

The Beresheet Spacecraft Crashed. What Next? | Sivan Rahav Meir

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A successful moon landing would have made Israel only the fourth country to manage the feat, and Harel Locker, chairman of Israel Aerospace Industries , said the eight-year project had helped create Israel's space industry. And though the contest deadline passed past year on March 31, 2018 and the $ 20 million prize went unclaimed , SpaceIL chose to push forth with the project with the aim of "showing the next generation that anything is possible - that even our small country can push the ... Read More »

Center Core of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket Lost at Sea

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SpaceX has been making excellent progress, but just had its latest bump - having its central Falcon Heavy booster fall over in choppy seas off the coast of Florida . Because the center core is connected to two side boosters, it has a different design compared to a normal Falcon 9 booster, so the octagrabber can't grasp onto it well. Read More »

New Severe Thunderstorm Watch in north Georgia

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They were in the back seat with their parents in the front, said Angelina County Sheriff's Department Capt. Alton Lenderman. Damaging winds and some tornadoes are the main threats along this line. ABC News went on to report that 150,000 customers have been left without power in Texas, Missouri, Mississippi , Alabama and Louisiana as a result of the storms. Read More »

Gallery: Falcon Heavy with Arabsat-6A - Hard as thunder, light as rain

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During Falcon Heavy Flight 1, the rocket's center core - B1032 - was destroyed when a failure to reignite its landing Merlin 1D engines resulted in the booster slamming into the ocean at more than 300 miles per hour (~500 km/h). In its response, Russia's rocket and space corporation energia had announced its plans to build a super-heavy-lift launch vehicle with help of existing components in 2016. Read More »

Bones found in Philippines may belong to previously unknown human relative

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Fossils found inside a cave in the Philippines have linked humanity to a long lost cousin. In particular, the newly discovered luzonensis has a foot bone that is unlike any of its known human contemporaries but closely resembles those of a human species known to have existed in Africa around two to three million years earlier. Read More »

Black hole image gives Twitter a field day

The tell-tale shadow at the center of the black hole ended up being clearly visible in the picture. The black hole photo has some pretty distinct features, including a golden orange ring that reminded people on the internet of a ton of different things. Read More »

SpaceX Launches Mega Rocket, Successfully Lands All Boosters

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About 34 minutes after liftoff, the shiny silver satellite was successfully deployed. The middle booster, after pushing the payload into space, returned almost 10 minutes later for a successful landing on SpaceX's seafaring drone ship 400 miles (645 km) off the Florida coast. Read More »

Why Is the First-Ever Black Hole Photo an Orange Ring?

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The image was received as part of the Event Horizon Telescope project, which united eight radio telescopes all over the world, including in the United States, Mexico, Chile , Spain and France. Their lack of light has made them hard to study - and very hard to document. They think the event horizon measures just under 25 billion miles (40 billion km) across, about three times the size of Pluto's orbit around the sun. Read More »

Israeli spacecraft Beresheet reaches moon but landing unsuccessful: support team

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But that could be about to change, as a washing-machine-sized, privately funded Israeli spacecraft approaches the moon . "On the flight announcement board in Ben Gurion Airport #Israel, a rather special flight has appeared", the Zionist Federation tweeted, "The flight of the #Israeli spacecraft to the moon, landing on the moon tonight!" Israel's Beresheet spacecraft crashed during an attempt to land on the Moon on Thursday, the mission command announced in live broadcast. Read More »

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Prepares for First Commercial Liftoff Wednesday

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The launch window will again be 6:36 to 8:35 p.m. EDT, as it was for previous launch attempts that had been tentatively set for Sunday and then Tuesday. The rocket's launch was watched by millions around the globe, thanks in no small part to SpaceX founder Elon Musk deciding to use a cherry red sports vehicle as the payload cargo. Read More »

How did NASA Create Its Own Pretty Artificial Auroras? Rockets, Obviously

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The pair of Black Brant XI rockets were launched at 22:14 and 22:16 UTC on April 8 from the Andøya Space Center in Norway. The Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment ( AZURE ) mission was conducted on April 5 from the Andøya Space Center in Norway, with the initial Black Brant XI sounding rocket launching at 6:14 p.m. Read More »

Scientists set to reveal first-ever image of a black hole

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One is the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, a radiation source 26 000 light years away known as Sagittarius A (SgrA). The images are captured by the Event Horizon Telescope ( EHT ), an global cooperation program jointly established by more than 200 researchers around the world. Read More »

All Microbes on the International Space Station Cataloged

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Dr. Venkateswaran noted that microbes could survive and thrive in extreme environments, and that species in the ISS may have lived there since it was built, with others being introduced during new astronaut visits and shipment arrivals. They included organisms that are considered opportunistic pathogens on Earth. The most prominent bacteria were Staphylococcus (26% of total isolates), Pantoea (23%) and Bacillus (11%). Read More »

Launch date of second Falcon Heavy flight pushed back

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The company is excruciatingly close to being ready for the big day, but its current projected launch dates of April 7th or 8th are looking increasingly unrealistic . The launch will be the Falcon Heavy's first commercial mission , marking an important step forward for its potential use in the future. The true test will happen next week, if Falcon Heavy cannot only launch but also land its three boosters. Read More »

India claims space debris poses minimal threat

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Addressing a packed auditorium here, he said the timing of the test was "technologically and scientifically driven" and said tests of this nature couldn't be kept a secret. "If a space command needs to be formulated, it is the decision of the government", he said. The DRDO chief also said that there is no need of conducting any further test in this orbit (of the target satellite). Read More »

An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

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The python research done at Big Cypress is focused on controlling the invasive species, believed to have entered the area when pet snakes escaped from or were released from their homes, according to the preserve's website . They also said the record-breaking python was snared after its position was given away by a boyfriend - a so-called Judas snake. Other efforts to remove pythons have proved less successful. Read More »

Rhino poacher trampled by elephants, eaten by lions in Africa, report says

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At least three poachers were eaten by a lion pride previous year at the Sibuya Game Reserve in Eastern Province, South Africa after they broke into the park to hunt rhino. During the operation, two.375 hunting rifles and ammunition were seized. The three surviving poachers face charges of conspiracy to poach, possession of firearms and ammunition without a licence, and trespassing. Read More »

Japanese space agency JAXA BLOWS UP asteroid with a BOMB

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The aim of the SCI phase is to analyze the asteroid's underlying structure, collect some samples, and learn about the solar system's past. The space agency, JAXA, used its Hayabusa2 spacecraft to destroy part of the Ryugu with a basketball sized bomb. Read More »

SpaceX Successfully Ignites Engine of Starship's Test Version for the First Time

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After the ignition of the Raptor engine , the test or hopper version of Starship was only lifted a few inches off the ground. " Starhopper completed tethered hop ", SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reported in a tweet . SpaceX is planning to convert its Boca Chica facility into a commercial launch site. Starhopper marked the first time it ignited its engine, which will be most possibly followed by short hop flights in upcoming months. Read More »

Ancient whales walked on four legs and moved like giant otters

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It had four limbs, like the whales that first evolved in present-day Pakistan and India more than 50 million years ago. Peregocetus represents the most complete quadrupedal whale skeleton outside India and Pakistan , and the first known from the Pacific region and the Southern Hemisphere. Read More »

Global warming disrupts recovery of coral reefs

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Past year an expert panel of global climate experts warned that coral structures - including the Great Barrier Reef - would most likely not survive a 2C rise. "On the other hand, at 1.5C there's still significant areas which are not heating up or not exposed to the same levels of stress such that they would lose coral, and so we're fairly confident that we would have parts of those ecosystems remaining", said Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg , a coral reefs expert with the University of ... Read More »

NASA Alarmed at Indian Space Missile Test

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Bridenstine also highlighted how tracking debris , including space junk created by India's satellite destruction, will be essential for future space missions, CBS News reported . The MEA also said in a statement that India has no intention of entering into an arms race in outer space. Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) long-term partner, Planet Labs , condemned the test and advised that the spaceenvironment should be used purely for peaceful purposes. Read More »